And now, Sunday night, Streep caused a huge stir at the Golden Globes when she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award and directed a fiery speech at Trump. It made tons of headlines, in part because Trump inevitably responded and called her “over-rated.”
But it’s not the first time the famed actress has used an award show platform to make a political point in front of millions of viewers.
In early 2004, Streep picked up the prize for best actress in a TV movie for “Angels in America” at the Golden Globes. Though she opened with a joke (“I just realized you can see completely through my dress”), she also ended the speech by alluding to the controversy over same-sex marriage, which was in the news at the time.
“I just want to say that I don’t think the two biggest problems in America are that too many people want to commit their lives to one another ’til death do us part’ and steroids in sports,” she said. “I don’t think those are our two biggest problems.”
One of Streep’s most famous moments didn’t even happen when she was on stage. In 2015, Patricia Arquette won best supporting actress at the Oscars for “Boyhood” and used her speech to address the wage gap. “It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America,” Arquette said.