When NBC, which aired the awards show, tweeted from its main Twitter account a GIF of Winfrey from the awards show with the caption, "Nothing but respect for OUR future president", many on Twitter were left confused.
But just as the evening began to lose the focus the red carpet had brought, Oprah Winfrey became the first black woman to win the Cecil B. DeMille Award, and she spent almost all her time talking about the long struggle for justice for women.
The joke prompted a laugh from Winfrey, 63, and her longtime partner, Stedman Graham, who later added fuel to the fire about Winfrey's possible presidential ambitions.
Trump himself has lavished praise on Winfrey over the years, including in 2015, when he said that he would consider her as a running mate on his Republican ticket. The show's star, Elisabeth Moss, won best actress (TV drama) and quoted Margaret Atwood, the author of the novel "The Handmaid's Tale", in her acceptance speech: "We were the people who were not in the papers". She spoke about the feelings she had as a young girl watching Sidney Poitier win the best-actor Oscar in 1964 and likened the pride she felt watching Poitier, the first black man to win that trophy, to the impact she hoped she could have on young women today. They talked about the importance of standards for the representation of women of color particularly - and they did it using the word "intersectionality".
"That's what I thought", Winfrey responded.
Greta Gerwig, whose directorial debut Lady Bird was named best musical or comedy film, could be seen being hugged by her film's star, Saoirse Ronan, as Streisand made her comments.
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And what did Oprah say? "But their time is up", Winfrey said. "Oprah, you will never be president".
"It is the insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and to injustice, to tyrants and victims and secrets and lies", she said. There's a strong possibility that, just as Trump did in the 2016 primaries, she'd suck up every ounce of media attention, limiting the ability of the more experienced and serious candidates to make their case to primary voters.
The drumbeat for a potential Winfrey presidential run began nearly as soon as the Golden Globes kicked off, as host Seth Meyers jokingly told Winfrey not to run. "Do the work that comes straight from the soul of you", she said.
Oprah Winfrey speaks after accepting the Cecil B. Demille Award at the 75th Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., January 7, 2018.
The #MeToo culminated in one of the greatest speeches ever given at an awards show. "Even I am now starting to think the rules have changed about running for president". It was a series about a group of women realizing they're far more powerful as a group than they are as rivals. Dern was joined by farmworker advocate Monica Ramirez, Michelle Williams with "Me Too" founder Tarana Burke, and Meryl Streep with domestic worker advocate Ai-jen Poo.
E!'s Catt Sadler recently departed after she said she learned she was making about half the pay of her male counterpart, Jason Kennedy. "I'd never seen a black man being celebrated like that". "I thought, 'Oh gee, I don't have the experience, I don't know enough".