Seth Meyers’ top 5 moments at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards


Photo Courtesy of the New York Times. Delivering a comedic, yet appropriate, opening monologue, comedian Seth Meyers hosted the 2018 Golden Globe Awards, but was faced with the challenge of finding humor and addressing the current issues surrounding the Hollywood entertainment industry. Despite this, Meyers’ opening monologues was well-received by the audience as he found humor and supported the ‘Time’s Up’ and ‘#Me Too’ movements.

Justin Chang , Staff Writer

Comedian Seth Meyers hosted the 2018 Golden Globe Awards, but was faced with the difficult task of addressing sexual misconduct allegations and finding humor in Hollywood’s entertainment industry. However, Meyers made the night memorable for many as he found the right tone for his opening monologue and moved between light and humorous jokes of the films, TV series, and actors/actresses of the awards. Here are the top 5 moments of Seth Meyers at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards.

5. “Jokes Seth Can’t Tell”
With the ending opening monologue of the awards approaching, Meyers did a parody of a segment on his show, Late Night With Seth Meyers, called “Jokes Seth Can’t Tell”. The segment generally consists of Meyers saying the joke’s setup with his writers delivering the punchline, but for the awards, Meyers said that it would be the actors and actresses themselves delivering the punchline. For example, Meyers began the joke with “The Golden Globe turns 75 this year…” and Jessica Chastain replied with “but the actress that plays its wife is still only 32.”

4. Calling out the President
Meyers often speaks about President Donald Trump on his show, Late Night With Seth Meyers, and took a shot at the president at the during his opening monologue. A day prior to the awards, President Trump slammed the media about his mental health and claimed that he is a ‘stable genius’ via his twitter account. In response to Trump’s claim, while introducing Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s President, Meyers stated, “And now please welcome a president who actually is a stable genius, HFPA president, Meher Tatna.” While also praising the Hollywood Foreign Press, a non-profit organization that reports on the entertainment industry, for its generous support, Meyers also took a quick jab at Trump’s dislike of the media, stating “Give it up for the Hollywood Foreign Press. A string of three words that could not have been better designed to infuriate our President.”

3. Addressing the “Elephant in the Room”
During the opening monologue, Meyers took a shot at Kevin Spacey, a former cast of the popular television series, House of Cards, who was removed after being accused of sexual misconduct allegations against fellow actors. Shortly after, Spacey was also removed from the film, “All The Money In The World” and replaced by actor Christopher Plummer. From the allegations, Meyers stated, “I was happy to hear they’re going to do another season of “House of Cards.” Is Christopher Plummer available for that, too? I hope he can do a Southern accent, ’cause Kevin Spacey sure couldn’t. Oh, is that too mean? To Kevin Spacey?” Meyers also took a shot at Harvey Weinstein, who was also accused of sexual allegations, stating, “Well, I think it’s time to address the elephant not in the room. Harvey Weinstein isn’t here tonight. Because, well, I’ve heard rumors that he’s crazy and difficult to work with. But don’t worry, he’ll be back in 20 years when he becomes the first person ever booed during the ‘In Memoriam’.”

2. Oprah and Hanks for President
Meyers also expressed his desire for Oprah Winfrey and Tom Hanks to run for President and Vice President in the 2020 presidential elections, stating that “In 2011, I told some jokes about [Donald Trump] at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, about how he was unqualified to be president, and some have said that night convinced him to run. So if that’s true, I just want to say: Oprah, you will never be president! You do not have what it takes! And Hanks! Where is Hanks? You will never be vice president! You are too mean and unrelatable. Now we just wait and see…”

1. Acknowledging the Women of Hollywood
In one of his most powerful moments of the night, Meyers once again raised awareness to the ‘Time’s Up’ and ‘#Me Too’ movements by addressing the perseverance, dedication, and hard work of all the people in the audience, especially the actresses, stating, “People in this room worked really hard to get here, but it’s clear more now than ever before that the women had to work even harder, so thank you for all the amazing work that you’ve all done and continue to do. I look forward to you leading us into whatever comes next.”