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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler opened Sunday night’s Golden Globes with a joke about the devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures, which led to the leak of tons of confidential information, including emails from top executives, referring to the gathered group of Hollywood stars as a bunch of “despicable, spoiled, minimally talented brats,” a reference to Scott Rudin‘s comment about Angelina Jolie in an email to the studio’s co-chairman Amy Pascal.
Fey and Poehler then continued to joke about North Korea, which the FBI named as the source of the Sony hack, and its criticism of The Interview, which was believed to have prompted the cyberattack. The hosts said that they were there to honor “all of the movies that North Korea was OK with,” with Poehler explaining that “the biggest story in Hollywood this year was North Korea threaten[ing] an attack if Sony Pictures released The Interview,” which she said forced everyone to “pretend we wanted to see it.” Fey then quoted some of North Korea’s criticism of The Interview, calling it “absolutely intolerable” and “a wanton act of terror,” saying that was not the worst review Sony’s controversial, poorly reviewed comedy about the assassination of Kim Jong Un received.
Fey and Poehler later referenced the hack when they introduced Margaret Cho as North Korean journalist Cho Yun Ja, who writes for Movies Wow! magazine and is the newest member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The journalist wanted a picture taken with Meryl Streep and as Michael Keaton snapped the image with his phone, Fey and Poehler insisted that Streep should cooperate because they have “a lot of embarrassing emails” they don’t want to get out. After the picture was taken, the hosts said, “You’re all great Americans.”
That wasn’t the only appearance from Cho as Cho Yun Ja, who joined Fey and Poehler onstage later, shaking her head when asked if she was enjoying the show.
“In North Korea we know how to put on a show; this is not a show,” she said complaining about the show not having 1,000 babies playing guitar at the same time, cards being held up to make a picture or Kim Jong Un pal Dennis Rodman. “Someone dropped the ball on Rodman,” Poehler concurred.
She also took a minute to provide some Hollywood-centric advice, saying she thinks Orange Is the New Black should be in the drama category instead of the musical or comedy category, pointing out that it’s “funny but not haha funny.” After presenters Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig were introduced, she added that she thinks Wiig should make the Bridesmaids sequel she famously passed on doing.
Cho appeared one final time at the end of the show, telling viewers, “show over; I host next year.” With Poehler and Fey insisting that this year’s show would mark their final time hosting the Globes, there is an opening for next year’s emcee.
George Clooney, who passionately defended his home studio in an interview three weeks after the Sony hack, also joked about the incident when he accepted his Cecil B. DeMille award, saying “Now that everybody’s been hacked, this is a good chance to see everyone face to face and apologize,” he said, remarking to Don Cheadle, who joined Clooney’s ER costar Julianna Margulies to present him with the award, “Sorry, Don.”
A crippling cyberattack hit Sony shortly before Thanksgiving, leading to the leak of confidential information including contract negotiations, salary figures, Social Security numbers and emails from top executives. The email exchanges, including a fiery series of messages between Pascal and Rudin, featured controversial comments about Jolie and racially insensitive remarks about President Obama. Both Pascal and Rudin apologized for their Obama comments.
The FBI named the North Korean government as being responsible for the hack on Dec. 19, confirming suspicions that the regime, which had long objected to Sony’s Seth Rogen and James Franco starrer The Interview, was behind the attack. Still some are doubting the FBI’s findings that North Korea is to blame.
The hackers mentioned The Interview in a note earlier that week that threatened 9/11-style attacks on any theater that showed the film. Several top theater chains then said they wouldn’t screen the film, leading to Sony’s decision to cancel the movie’s wide release. The hackers then sent Sony’s top executives a victory note, calling the decision to cancel The Interview‘s release “very wise.”
However, shortly before Christmas, Sony announced that The Interview would receive a limited theatrical and VOD release. These screenings went off without any incidents of violence and brought in $2.8 million at the box office and $15 million in online transactions over Christmas weekend.
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