Speaking through a raspy voice that she said was lost “in screaming and lamentation” — Streep was a close friend of recently deceased Carrie Fisher — the actress told the star-studded audience they “really belong to the most vilified segments of American society right now — Hollywood, foreigners and the press.”
She pointed out the diverse backgrounds of several performers in the audience, noting their origins in various foreign countries, saying, “Who are we and what is Hollywood anyway? It’s just a bunch of people from other places.”
After detailing the backgrounds of stars in the room, she said, “If you kick ’em all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts — which are not the arts.”
Without mentioning President-elect Donald Trump by name, she chastised him for mocking a physically disabled reporter during a campaign speech, saying she was “stunned” by the “performance.”
“Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence invites violence,” she said.
There was no immediate response from Trump.
A perennial favorite of the HFPA, the 67-year-old Streep has been nominated for 30 Golden Globes during her career, including this year’s best- actress nod for “Florence Foster Jenkins.” She has won eight Golden Globes, for her work in “Kramer vs. Kramer,” “The French Lieutenant’s Woman,”
“Sophie’s Choice,” “Adaptation,” “Angels in America,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Julie & Julia” and “The Iron Lady.”
She also holds the record for most Oscar nominations for an actress, with 19. She has won three Academy Awards, for “Kramer vs. Kramer,” “Sophie’s Choice” and “The Iron Lady.”
“Meryl’s enthralling body of work across a diverse set of genres has made her a role model over the past 40 years, and she will continue to do so for generations to come,” HFPA President Lorenzo Soria said. “She has always taken roles with strong female leads, creating art by showing vulnerability and portraying truth on the big screen. Simply put, she is a trailblazer, having paved the way for women in television, film and stage. For shattering gender and age barriers, all with finesse and grace, the HFPA is humbled to bestow this honor upon her.”
The award is presented to a performer who has made “an incredible impact on the world of entertainment.”
Past recipients include Denzel Washington, George Clooney, Woody Allen, Jodie Foster, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Harrison Ford, Barbra Streisand, Robin Williams and Martin Scorsese.
–City News Service
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