Meryl Streep's Taking On Donald Trump Wasn't the 1st Political Acceptance Speech

Meryl Streep took On Donald Trump at the Golden Globes.

Though she did not reference President-elect Donald Trump by name, she mentioned a 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."

In November 2015, Trump came under fire for allegedly mocking New York Times journalist Serge Kovaleski, who has arthrogryposis, which affects joint movement.

"Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence insights violence," Streep said. "When the powerful use definition to bully others, we all lose."

Trump has asserted that he was not imitating Kovaleski when he made jerking movements during a speech in Florida, but that he was rather mimicking "a flustered reporter trying to get out of a statement he made long ago."

The president-elect doubled down on that claim in a series of tweets shortly after Sunday's awards show and called Streep "a Hillary [Clinton] flunky who lost big."

"Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn't know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes," Trump tweeted. "For the 100th time, I never 'mocked' a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him 'groveling' when he totally changed a 16 year old story that he had written in order to make me look bad. Just more very dishonest media!"

Streep's speech was far from the first time that politics came up at an awards show. Here are a few other times when stars have used their time at the awards stage podium to make a political statement.

6. Marlon Brando sends Sacheen Littlefeather to refuse his Oscar: Marlon Brando did not take the stage in 1973 to accept his best actor Oscar for "The Godfather," instead sending Sacheen Littlefeather, president of the National Native American Affirmative Image Committee, in his place. Littlefeather told the crowd that Brando could not accept the award because of "the treatment of American Indians today by the film industry and on television in movie reruns" and because of "recent happenings" at Wounded Knee in South Dakota. (Weeks before the awards show, protesters at Wounded Knee called for the resignation of tribal council president Richard Wilson, whom they accused of corruption, and for the U.S. government to reexamine treaties with Native Americans.) "I beg at this time that I have not intruded on this evening," she said, "and that ... in the future -- our hearts and our understandings will meet with love and generosity."