Golden Globes: Andy Samberg, Sandra Oh "Roast" Nominees, Acknowledge Diverse Films in Monologue
The co-hosts opened the show by "roasting" the night's nominees with compliments.
Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh kicked off the 2019 Golden Globe Awards by alluding to the current controversy about who will host the Oscars.
"We are gonna have some fun, give out some awards. And one lucky audience member," began Samberg, before Oh said, "will host the Oscars!"
They also addressed their odd pairing as hosts. "The reason is that we're the only two people left in Hollywood who haven't gotten in trouble for saying something offensive," joked Oh.
Throughout the monologue, the two "roasted" the night's nominees with a number of compliments. "Well, if it isn't Spike Lee. Yeah, Mr. Do the Right Thing. Yeah. Well, I'll tell you who does the right thing — you as a director. Lifetime fan, can't wait to see what you do next. Bam! Fixed," joked Samberg.
Another target was A Star Is Born director and star Bradley Cooper. "Hey Bradley Cooper. You're hot," said Oh.
Samberg and Oh also championed the number of diverse films that were included among the nominees. "If you told me as a kid growing up in the Bay that there'd be a movie called Black Panther that starts off in Oakland, this is not what I would've imagined. Ryan, were there like a bunch of old members from the actual Black Panther party saying, 'I can't even get an audition?'" said Samberg. "Just kidding. They were all framed and murdered for wanting justice and inequality, and the world is and always has been a nightmare — it just seems worse now because of our phones. What else happened this year?"
"Crazy Rich Asians is nominated tonight for best picture, musical or comedy. It is the first studio film with an Asian-American lead since Ghost in the Shell and Aloha."
At this point, a voice off-camera could be heard shouting "I'm sorry," which according to those in attendance at Sunday night's show, came from Emma Stone. The actress, who played the part-Asian Allison Ng in Cameron Crowe's Aloha, confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that she did audibly apologize.
"It wasn't like I planned it, but I did say it," Stone said.
And Fox Searchlight head Steve Gilula told Vanity Fair that Stone uttered the apology.
When she returned to Crazy Rich Asians, Oh said that the film "made over $200 million at the box office. Said Asian moms everywhere," added Oh. "Cut to my mom. Someone should cut to my mom right now. Look at her face, look at her face."
Oh also acknowledged the lack of female directors in the industry after she announced that Claire Foy was nominated for her role in First Man. "First Man is also how studios look for directors," she said. "First man. If no man available, then pair of men. Then team of men. Then eventually maybe a woman," she said in a deep voice.
The monologue concluded with Oh sharing why she chose to co-host the ceremony: "I said yes to the fear of being on this stage tonight because I wanted to be here, to look out into this audience, and witness this moment of change — and I'm not fooling myself. I'm not fooling myself. Next year could be different. It probably will be. But right now this moment is real. Trust me, it is real because I see you and I see you — all these faces of change — and now, so will everyone else."
The two previewed their plans for the night in the Jan. 4 cover story of The Hollywood Reporter.
Oh said that she wanted to focus on the improvements in the entertainment industry that took place over the year. "What I'm interested in is pointing to actual real change. I want to focus on that 'cause people can pooh-pooh Hollywood all they want — and there is a lot to pooh-pooh, sure — but we also make culture. How many gazillions of people have seen Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians? That changes things," she said.
Meanwhile, Samberg said that he planned to avoid politics. "Not to ignore anything, but we spend so much time every day wallowing in a lot of things that are happening in our world that are really depressing, and with good reason — that stuff needs to be paid attention to — but there's also power to being positive and celebratory in the tougher times as well," he said.
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