"I had never seen a black man being celebrated like that", Winfrey said as she accepted the lifetime achievement award.
"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" confronts the always formidable actor Frances McDormand with this scenario, and as Nat Nichols of The Rose Theatre has pointed out to audiences, it does something unique for films by allowing a woman to give full vent to her cold rage, which McDormand's character carries out every bit as relentlessly as the Furies of Greek mythology.
"Well I have a few things to say", McDormand was quick to joke when beginning her acceptance speech, before adding, "I'm gonna keep it short, because we've been here a long time and we need some tequila".
However, there was no bleep to be found when she later used a slang term for excrement.
The Handsmaid's Tale also lived up to its critical acclaim, winning the award for best TV series (Drama), with Elizabeth Moss also walking away with the best actress trophy for her role in the series. All you ladies in this category.
The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards are now over, with all winners officially announced in a ceremony earlier today in Hollywood, California.
Dern stuck with the theme of the evening by calling on people to teach their children and young girls that "speaking out without the fear of retribution is our culture's new north star".
Oddly, Gerwig was not up for Best Director.
It was a fact that did not escape Natalie Portman's notice as she presented the best director award, pointedly referring to the "all male nominees".
But to many watching the show at home - and perhaps some of those in the ballroom at the Beverly Hilton Sunday night - Three Billboards' domination felt out of step with the moment. "I'm especially proud and inspired by all the women who felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories.This year, we became the story".
On any other year, whether Rockwell will win an Oscar for his supporting role should be the main topic of conversation, but there is a huge sea change in Hollywood when it comes to sexual harassment, and Rockwell chimed in on how men can play an even more important role in the conversation.