Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Meryl Streep honored at the Golden Globes

Congratulations, Meryl Streep, for being recognized yet again at the Golden Globes, this time with a special Cecil B. DeMille Award, given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to artists who have made outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment. To quote the Golden Globes website, "with eight Golden Globes and 29 nominations, Meryl Streep is an icon of the performing arts." Note that this quote was most likely written before the acting award nominations were made this year, because she scored her 30th nomination - this time, as Best Actress in Motion Picture Musical or Comedy - for her performance as the title character in Florence Foster Jenkins.

From https://entertainment.inquirer.net. This image released by NBC shows Meryl Streep accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. (Paul Drinkwater/NBC via AP)

This Cecil B. Demille Award now moves her into a tie with Barbra Streisand for the most awards - both honorary and competitive - at the Golden Globes with 9 each. Meryl still continues to hold the record for most competitive awards with eight.

This award also became very memorable because of Meryl's acceptance speech that was powerful, political, and polarizing. Whatever your thoughts are on the content of that speech and whether or not you agree with her stand, you have to admit that Meryl is pretty ballsy for saying what she said, knowing the backlash she would get from it. I also found it touching that she ended her speech with a quote from Carrie Fisher, with whom she became friends most likely because of the film Postcards from the Edge, which was based on Carrie's semi-autobiographical book (she also wrote the screenplay) and in which Meryl played the lead character:

"As my friend, the dear departed Princess Leia, said to me once, take your broken heart, make it into art. Thank you."

Congratulations, Meryl!

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