"The 75th annual Golden Globe Awards kicked off with a red carpet and opening monologue that focused nearly entirely on the growing topic of gender inequality in show business highlighted by the fall of several men in power and the growing "#MeToo" movement.
"Black-ish" star Tracee Ellis Ross donned a black headwrap with her black satin Marc Jacobs halterneck dress, "The Crown" star Claire Foy opted for a black tuxedo suit, twinning with her co-star Matt Smith, and "Will and Grace" actress Debra Messing wore a black sequined Christian Siriano dress with pants.
"The deluge of sexual misconduct revelations has been the story of the year, so it's safe to predict that it will be the story of the night at the Golden Globes", Debra Birnbaum, executive editor for television at industry weekly Variety, told AFP.
In his first time hosting the prestigious awards, talk show star Meyers didn't shy away from finding humour in the scandal during his opening monologue. "Good evening ladies and remaining gentlemen", the host said, opening the night. He's also proven himself to be more openly willing to admit when he, a straight white guy, can't speak to certain experiences the way, say, his women writers can. The project aimed to halt the objectification of women, and put their achievements and experiences into the spotlight instead of their bodies and the clothes adorning them.
As Meyers (Communication '96) noted, however, given the circumstances in Hollywood it might have been more appropriate for a woman to host the show.
He also jabbed disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein who has been accused by dozens of women of sexual harassment and abuse. "But don't worry, he'll be back in 20 years when he becomes the first person ever booed during the in memorium", Meyers deadpanned.
From the Netflix show Stranger Things, actors (left to right) Sadie Sink, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin and Noah Schnapp arrive at the awards.
"The Shape of Water received the most nominations of film this year". Remember that, simpler times, ' he said.
"Well, I think it's time to address the elephant not in the room".
"In 2011, I told some jokes about our current president at the White House Correspondents Dinner, jokes about how he was unqualified to be president", Meyers said. I was happy to hear they're going to do another season of House of Cards.
"I hope [Christopher] can do a Southern accent, because Kevin Spacey sure couldn't", Seth said.
"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.