Watch Oprah's Incredible Golden Globes Speech

The star not only talked about the importance of "speaking your truth," but the need for people to listen.

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Jan 8 2018, 2:55pm

Sunday's Golden Globes ceremony was a triumphant celebration for talented female artists. Nicole Kidman, Elisabeth Moss, Saoirse Ronan, Rachel Brosnahan, Frances McDormand, and Laura Dern all took home awards for their masterful portrayal of powerful, complex women—most while donning black to call attention to the #MeToo movement and sexual harassment in Hollywood. But it wasn't until Oprah Winfrey took the stage to accept the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement that the tone of the night really hit home.

Winfrey absolutely stole the show Sunday night when she became the first black woman to accept the award. In a wide-ranging speech, she talked about being inspired by the award's first black recipient, Sidney Poitier, the importance of journalists who uncover "corruption and to injustice," and the story of Recy Taylor, a black woman who reported her rape case to the NAACP in 1944.

"Recy Taylor died ten days ago," Winfrey said. "She lived too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men. Women were not believed."

By including Taylor's story, a case that was investigated by Rosa Parks during the Jim Crow era, Winfrey elevated the importance of the #MeToo movement and the untold stories of assault and harassment women have faced for decades across all industries. At a time when women are demanding to be heard, in an era of fake news and bad apologies, she eloquently called attention to the need to speak "your truth," as well as the importance for people to listen.

"I'm especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories," she said. "Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories that we tell, and this year we became the story."

Give the whole thing a watch above and decide for yourself whether Winfrey is mulling a 2020 presidential run.