Golden Globes host Seth Meyers has pulled no punches tackling sexual harassment in Hollywood during his opening monologue. It was a good one, though the rest of the opening monologe was a mixed bag, with a particularly awkward bit with Amy Poehler.
Luckily, Meyers has had plenty of experience walking a tricky tightrope as host of NBC's Late Night, where he has to grapple daily with an avalanche of political chaos.
While introducing Meher Tatna, the HFPA president, Meyers joked that she was a president who "actually is a stable genius", in reference to Trump's tweets over the weekend.
"There's a new era underway, and I can tell because it's been years since a white man was this nervous in Hollywood".More news: James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa
"Hey, remember when he was the guy making trouble with North Korea? Simpler times (referring to Rogens movie The Interview)".
"We're all here at the courtesy of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association", he said.
Meyers went on to congratulate Insecure creator and star Issa Rae for having "three projects in development" with HBO - to which Rae responded, "yeah. and three projects is also where they think I'm from".
He then quipped: 'Harvey Weinstein isn't here tonight because I've heard rumours he's insane and hard to work with, but don't worry, he will be back in 20 years when he becomes the first person booed during the In Memoriam'. I was happy to hear they're going to do another season of House of Cards.More news: Schuette silent on Trump marijuana crackdown
Veteran actor Christopher Plummer ("The Sound of Music"), who was brought in as a last-minute replacement when Scott chose to expunge the disgraced Spacey from the movie, won a surprise nomination for best supporting actor. "I don't need a set up to make a punchline work", she said to Seth. "You are too mean and unrelatable".
"But the fact that it has now received positive reviews despite the emergency re-shoots might (have) inspired them to actually give the film a win, and Plummer is the logical choice for the impressive feat of taking on an emotionally demanding role at the 11th hour at age 87". Just an incredibly lovely film.
As Meyers (Communication '96) noted, however, given the circumstances in Hollywood it might have been more appropriate for a woman to host the show.
"I feel like this is such an awesome night to celebrate women and all of us coming together with each other and standing in solidarity and saying "Time is up", Scandal star Kerry Washington said on the red carpet. And that's fair. But everyone in this room knows Hollywood is so much more than that.More news: Trump to sign executive order expanding veterans' mental health services
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