Hollywood’s elite were out in full force on Sunday strutting the red carpets and commanding the ballroom at The Beverly Hilton for the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards Show. What…a…night! Meryl Streep was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement and delivered a poignant acceptance speech on leadership while many other celebrity speakers took home awards and shared their messages of gratitude and encouragement with the audience and those watching at home. This week’s list of top trending celebrity speakers features 10 inspirational celebrity speakers who were nominated and/or won awards at this year’s Golden Globes:
Viola Davis: New Year, same Viola Davis! Empowering, confident and racking up top honors at annual awards shows. Viola won the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture for her role in the 2016 drama film Fences. Her poise, grace and humility are truly inspiring considering the great achievements she has amassed over the course of her career in entertainment. Away from the bright lights of Hollywood, Viola is very active on the keynote speaker circuit. She was hired as a keynote speaker for a number of women’s leadership conferences and special events in 2016 and we expect another busy year in 2017.
Tracee Ellis Ross: Beloved actress and comedian Tracee Ellis Ross was a hit on Sunday night when she won Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for her role on ABC’s Black-ish. This was Tracee’s first ever Golden Globe nomination and she nailed it. Her acceptance speech was the icing on the cake when she took the opportunity to encourage women of color to believe in their potential and understand that their hard work will not go unnoticed. Tracee’s excitement was genuine and she is one of the most personable and inspirational celebrity speakers in Hollywood today.
Emma Stone: Emma sang her way to a Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy award for her lead role in the musical La La Land also starring Ryan Gosling. The romance musical also earned Gosling the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy as well as winning the overall category for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. Emma’s versatility as an actress translates to her personal appearances as a celebrity keynote speaker. She can speak to a variety of audiences on topics including women’s empowerment, finding your passion and the entertainment industry.
Mahershala Ali: Mahershala won over the hearts of critics and movie buffs alike with his role in the film Moonlight which won the award for Best Motion Picture – Drama at the Golden Globes on Sunday. Many woke up the next morning feeling like he was snubbed for not winning the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture. Humble in victory and defeat, Mahershala has since made personal appearances on several news programs and talk shows and discussed his gratitude for the role and the way it has been received. He is one of the most endearing actors in Hollywood right now and will certainly be garnering an increased number of personal appearance opportunities in the coming year.
Octavia Spencer: It’s official, Octavia Spencer has arrived! Octavia has dazzled in award-winning roles in recent years including feature films such as The Help, Fruitvale Station and most recently in Hidden Figures. She was nominated for the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture Golden Globe award for her role in Hidden Figures that premiered in December of 2016. Prior to attending the Golden Globes, Octavia made a stop in Las Vegas for a moderated Q&A discussion on the power of Hidden Figures at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show. We expect Octavia to be at the top of the list for many organizations looking to book inspirational celebrity speakers for events going forward in 2017.
Kerry Washington: This award-winning actress was back in the mix at the Golden Globes this year nominated for the Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television for her role in the history drama Confirmation. Kerry celebrated the birth of her second child in early October of last year and has been very open and honest in discussing the joys and challenges of her own life as a working mother. It’s no wonder Kerry is one of the top requested inspirational celebrity speakers for women’s conferences and leadership events heading into 2017!
Bryan Cranston: Some may recognize him best from his days on Malcolm in the Middle, or maybe from his award-winning role as drug kingpin Walter White in Breaking Bad. At any rate, Bryan Cranston has earned his place in Hollywood as a popular leading man for featured films and TV series. At the Golden Globes, Bryan was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television for his role as Lyndon B. Johnson in the history drama All the Way. Bryan continues to impress on the big screen and as a celebrity keynote speaker at corporate functions and special industry events.
Natalie Portman: Natalie made her way to The Beverly Hilton on Sunday night after earning a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. She starred as Jackie Kennedy in a 2016 biographical drama based on Jackie’s life following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. What makes Natalie such as special figure in entertainment is her desire to use her celebrity platform to encourage and empower women. She has been outspoken in challenging the gender pay gap in entertainment and advocating for better opportunities and equal treatment for women in the corporate world.
Denzel Washington: Award nominations have become old hat for legendary actor Denzel Washington. This year, he earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture for his starring role in Fences. He is also set to receive the Motion Picture Showman of the Year Award from the International Cinematographers Guild Publicists in recognition of his lifetime achievements in entertainment. His name alone obviously draws a crowd for any event he keynotes or attends. In the past, Denzel has delivered keynote speeches that address the life lessons he has learned that have made him successful including putting God first, dreaming big, enjoying the journey and accepting it with gratitude.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus: Julia has continued her reign as a queen of TV comedy in her latest HBO TV series called Veep that premiered in 2012. This year, she was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy. Julia is one of the most entertaining and inspirational celebrity speakers available for hire for special events. Her career achievements spanning multiple decades and her innate sense of humor make for an engaging and truly memorable keynote speech or moderated Q&A discussion.
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