— John Legend (@johnlegend) January 9, 2017
Taking to the stage to accept the lifetime achievement gong, Streep delivered what can best be described as one of the most moving public defences of, well, human decency and acceptance after the horrors of 2016.
Calling out other stars in the room – Amy Adams, Ryan Gosling, Dev Patel and Natalie Portman among ’em – for succeeding in Hollywood despite hailing from places that definitely aren’t Tinseltown, Streep said the entertainment industry owes a debt of gratitude to those from different backgrounds:
“So, Hollywood is crawling with foreigners and outsiders, so if we kick ’em all out we’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts – which are not the arts.”
And those final lines? What a legend. Get around it here: