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Oprah Winfrey became the first black woman to be awarded a Golden Globe for lifetime achievement, delivering an impassioned speech in support of those who have exposed sexual misconduct in Hollywood and beyond. Video: Reuters

Oprah Winfrey’s speech at the Golden Globes was as powerful as reports have suggested. Few people hearing it live could have doubted that it would boss the headlines for days.

It is easy to be cynical about Oprah (it feels rude to call her “Winfrey”). All that sharing. All that emotional openness. All those novels in her book club being treated like self-help tomes.

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