ICYMI: Watch Meryl Streep’s Awesome Anti-Trump Globes Speech

The acting legend took home a lifetime achievement award at the 74th Golden Globe Awards and brought the house down with her powerful speech

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(Photo: Rex/Shutterstock)

Even in a city of stars, Meryl Streep is Hollywood’s fan favourite. The lauded actress has inspired actors and entertained fans for decades. Now, the 67-year-old star of the stage and big screen has earned a record 30 Golden Globe nominations—and eight wins!—plus, she’s been recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement. (Unsurprisingly, she was also up for an award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical or Comedy for her role in Florence Foster Jenkins at Sunday night’s ceremony).

In her eloquent acceptance speech, the inimitable performer took aim at U.S. president-elect Donald Trump and reminded us that an actor’s “only job is to enter the lives of people who are different than us and let you feel what that feels like.” She also shared the unforgettable advice she got from her late friend, Carrie Fisher: “Take your broken heart, make it into art.”

Watch the full speech below.

It’s not hard to see why many of today’s leading ladies cite Meryl as one of their idols. In her emotional tribute to her Doubt co-star at the Globes, Viola Davis said, “Her artistry reminds us of the impact of what it means to be an artist, which is to make us feel less alone…You make me proud to be an artist. You make me feel that what I have in me—my body, my face, my age—is enough.”

Even U.S. President Obama has admitted to being a huge fan. “I love Meryl Streep,” the political leader was quoted as saying on the evening he presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House. “Her husband knows I love her. Michelle knows I love her. There’s nothing they can do about it.”

To celebrate the greatness of Meryl’s life and career, we round up 11 reasons why the actress stands alone in the hearts of Hollywood and fans alike.

1. Her Accolades
With 19 Oscar nominations, the three-time winner is the most recognized actress in the history of the Academy Awards. Her name was most recently called at the 2012 ceremony, where she took home Best Actress for The Iron Lady.

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Streep as editrix Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada (Source: giphy.com)

2. Her Comedic Chops
While she’s revered in Hollywood for many of her serious roles, Meryl’s also willing to play for laughs like she did as icy magazine editor Miranda Priestley in The Devil Wears Prada and a divorced bakery owner in It’s Complicated.

3. Her Disappearing Act
She’s transformed into influential individuals like former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, culinary icon Julia Child, American journalist Susan Orlean and labour union activist Karen Silkwood for the screen.

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With daughter Mamie Gummer in Ricki and the Flash (Photo: Rex/Shutterstock)

4. Her Family Values
Meryl’s quick to share the spotlight and loves doing so with her daughter, Mamie Gummer. On working together in Ricki and the Flash, the proud mom says, “She’s a free talent. It doesn’t have any cover-up—she’s the real deal.”

5. Her Vocal Skills
Meryl has jumped at the chance to be part of musicals and delivered performances that were high notes in her career. See 2008’s Mamma Mia! and her 2015 flick Ricki and the Flash for proof that she can carry a tune.

6. Her Heart of Gold
Giving back has always been a priority for the August: Osage County actress. Together with her husband, Don Gummer, she started the Silver Mountain Foundation for the Arts, through which they’ve donated millions to support different charities and educational programs.

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Reacting to Patricia Arquette’s 2015 Oscar speech (Source: giphy.com)

7. Her Feminist Attitude
She’s always supported other women in Hollywood and was seen rooting Best Supporting Actress winner Patricia Arquette on when she called for gender equality in her 2015 Oscar acceptance speech.

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Streep “borrowing” Winslet’s Oscar after the 2009 awards (Photo: Getty)

8. Her Celebrity Fans
No actor is cited as an inspiration more often than Meryl. Kate Winslet! Julia Roberts! Viola Davis! Chris Rock! They’ve all sung the living legend’s praises.

9. Her Sense of Humour
At the 2013 Golden Globes, hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler said, “Meryl Streep is not here tonight. She has the flu—and [we] hear she’s amazing in it.” Whether she’s being applauded or inspiring jokes, the good-humoured actress takes it all in stride.

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With Barnard College graduates (Photo: Getty)

10. Her Inspiring Advice
In the commencement speech she gave to Barnard College graduates in 2010, Meryl told the crowd, “You know you don’t have to be famous. You just have to make your mother and father proud of you, and you already have.”

11. Her Politics
She’s not only an inspiration on-camera. When she was honoured with the Hollywood Foreign Press’ Cecil B. DeMille award, Meryl used the moment to remind the press to question politicians and call out discrimination. She referenced the “performance” Donald Trump gave when he mocked The New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski. “It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I still can’t get it out my head because it wasn’t in a movie, it was in real life. That instinct to humiliate when it’s modeled by someone in a public platform; it filters down into everyone’s life because it gives permission for others to do the same.”

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