Golden Globes Political Moments: Christian Bale's Speech to Andy Samberg's 'Black Panther' Joke

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Christian Bale said "Satan" inspired his portrayal of Dick Cheney, while Andy Samberg called out the U.S. government's treatment of the Black Panther Party.

Though hosts Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg promised a less political 2019 show, the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night didn't shy away from hot-button issues.

In the most political acceptance speech of the night, Christian Bale called former Vice President Dick Cheney an "asshole" and thanked "Satan for giving me inspiration" for the role. 

He noted that director Adam McKay was looking for someone who could play absolutely "charisma-free" and asked the audience who he should play next who was equally lacking in personality. "Who do you think, Mitch McConnell next?" he joked.

Also during the ceremony, Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Meher Tatna announced the association's creation of two $1 million grants to nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations for journalists. "Our work as journalists is under siege, which is why our mission to establish cultural ties as journalists in the United States is important. To that end, our members...have decided to expand our mandate," she said.

Tatna announced that the organizations that would receive the grants in 2019 were the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press and Insideclimate News. "Simply put, it is incumbent upon all of us to preserve the freedom of expression and of the press. This is our story to tell, this is our story to write, this is our stand to take," Tatna said.

During his monologue, Samberg made one political jab, saying, "If you told me as a kid growing up in the Bay that there was a movie called Black Panther that starts off in Oakland, this is not what I would have imagined." (Samberg was referring to the Black Panther Party.)

Samberg continued, addressing director Ryan Coogler, "Ryan, were there a bunch of old members of the actual Black Panther Party saying, 'I can't even get an audition?' Just kidding, they were all framed and murdered for wanting justice and equality. The world is and always has been a nightmare. It just seems worse now because of our phones." 

During his acceptance speech for best limited series for Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, producer Brad Simpson reminded the audience that the series' setting in the 1990s was the era of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Nevertheless, "Those forces of fear are still with us. They tell us that we should fear those who are different than us," he said. "As artists we have to fight back."

Simpson added, using the language of the anti-Trump "Resistance," "As human beings, we should resist in the streets, resist at the ballot box and be forces of empathy in our lives." Simpson finished, "Our show is historical, but these forces are with us. We must resist."

Stars' forthright comments were in keeping with the outspoken tone of the night's nominees: The Dick Cheney biopic Vice led the film nominees with six nods, while a period piece about infiltrating the Klu Klux Klan, BlacKkKlansman, and a James Baldwin adaptation, If Beale Street Could Talk, were both nominated for best motion picture, drama.

On the television side, the Russian-American geopolitical spy drama The Americans, the military themed psychological thriller Homecoming and the queer ball scene musical Pose were all nominated for best television series, drama.

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