Viola Davis presented Meryl Streep with the Cecil B. DeMille Award during Sunday night’s Golden Globes and it was beyond moving, emotional, passionate, but above anything else … made us crave some apple pie and greens.
While Davis stood before Streep to honor the actress for her contribution to the entertainment industry, she opened up with a monologue chronicling a discussion she once had with the stellar performer.
According to Davis, it’s Streep who suggested a homemade apple pie isn’t an apple pie unless you use “pippin apples” and you forego store-bought crust. And it’s not collard greens unless you use “ham hocks.”
“She tilts that head back with that sly suspicious smile, you think do I have something in my teeth or does she want to kick my ass,” Viola joked.
After the talk of greens and apple pie, which was an instant catalyst for salivation, Davis went on to call the actress “a high-powered standing machine.” The actress continued, “She is an observer and a thief. She waits to share what she has stolen on that sacred place which is the screen.”
After a stunning montage of Meryl’s work over the past several decades, she accepted the award with grace, dignity, class, emotion and no voice. The star apologized for her raspy delivery, but went on to suggest “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.”
The beauty then delivered a political message, suggesting that “there was one performance this year that stunned me … sank hooks in my heart … it was effective and it did its job.”
Speaking of President-elect Donald Trump, she said, “It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country, imitated a disabled reporter, someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back.”
“I still can’t get it out of my head. It was real life,” she said. “Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence.” Streep then asked the press “to hold power to account, to call them on the carpet for every outrage.”