Meryl Streep stole the show at last night's National Board of Review Awards in New York City with an amazing speech in which she simultaneously honored Emma Thompson for her role as P. L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks while also slamming Walt Disney as a sexist and anti-Semite.
"Some of [Walt Disney's] associates reported that Walt Disney didn't really like women," Streep said from the stage. "Ward Kimball, who was one of his chief animators, one of the original ‘Nine Old Men,' creator of the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, Jiminy Cricket, said of Disney, ‘He didn't trust women, or cats.' And there is a piece of received wisdom that says that the most creative people are often odd, or irritating, eccentric, damaged, difficult. That along with enormous creativity comes certain deficits in humanity, or decency. We are familiar with this trope in our business. Mozart, Van Gogh, Tarantino, Eminem...Ezra Pound said, 'I have not met anyone worth a damn who was not irascible.' Well, I have—Emma Thompson."