by The Associated Press
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Oprah Winfrey has accepted a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes by saying she hopes as the first black women to accept the honor, she hopes it has an impact on young girls watching Sunday's ceremony.
The actress and businesswoman accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award at Sunday's Globes ceremony and received a lengthy standing ovation, which she tried to calm down.
She spoke about the feelings she had as a young girl watching Sidney Poitier win the best actor Academy Award in 1964. She likened the pride she felt watching Poitier, the first black man to win the best best actor Oscar, to the impact she hoped she could have on young women.
Winfrey also addressed the sexual misconduct scandal roiling Hollywood and beyond, telling those watching "speaking your truth is the most powerful tool you all have."
Reese Witherspoon introduced Winfrey and described their friendship, forged over long sessions in a makeup trailer while filming "A Wrinkle in Time." Witherspoon said sitting in the room with Oprah was like taking the best business classes, and her hugs could end wars.