Hollywood gets speechy, preachy!

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Mumbai, Jan. 15 -- Once upon a time in Hollywood, going to awards shows was all about who wore the best dress, and who accompanied whom. If you were to put a label on these award shows then, you could classify them as an elite fashion soiree. 
 
However, for the past six months, things have changed. For celebrities, if they are going to an award show, it's not enough to look good. Now, they are expected to make a statement through their speech with an intention to bring attention to various social causes. However, the question is, how did this trend emerge in the last few months? Well, two incidents in the US seems to have fired the trend - first is Donald Trump's presidency and second is the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
 
The most recent instance of a Hollywood speech trending on the internet is that of Israeli actor Gal Gadot, who made a powerful speech regarding gender quality at the Critics Choices Awards. She was awarded the #SeeHer trophy for her effort in highlighting the importance of accurately portraying women in the entertainment industry. As the award season hits a climax with the Oscars in March, we look back at most powerful speeches given at award shows in recent times.
 
MERYL STREEP 
 
Meryl Streep started this trend last year when she won the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes. She had called out Trump for apparently mocking a disabled New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski during a 2015 campaign rally. Here's an excerpt from her speech. "This instinct to humiliate, when it's modelled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody's life, because it kinda gives permission for other people to do the same thing," she said. 
 
OPRAH WINFREY
 
At the recent Golden Globe awards, Oprah was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement. Excerpts from her speech: "I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say "Me too" again." 
 
GAL GADOT 
 
Speaking at the recent Critics Choices Awards, the actor said: "As artistes, and as film-makers, I believe it's not only our job to entertain, but our duty to inspire and educate for love and respect. I want to share this award with all the women and men who stand for what's right." 
 
NICOLE KIDMAN 
 
The Australian actor won the Best Supporting Actress at the recent Golden Globe awards. "This is ours to share. Wow, the power of women. It's so great to see a strong group of powerful women who genuinely respect each other," she said.