Quote of the week: “There can be 100 people in a room and 99 of them don’t believe in you, but all it takes is one and it just changes your whole life.” – Lady Gaga
Thousands tuned in to watch the 76th annual Golden Globes Sunday night. I’m sad that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are not hosting it anymore. Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh did not fill their predecessors’ shoes, but I liked some of their jokes in the opening monologue.
For instance, when talking about “A Star Is Born,” both hosts repeated Lady Gaga’s quote: “There can be 100 people in a room and 99 of them don’t believe in you, but all it takes is one and it just changes your whole life.”
Lady Gaga said that line in all of her interviews when asked about the movie. She plays the female lead named Ally in the hit film. The joke is only funny to those who know that she repeated herself in interviews about the film.
When talking about the movie “Crazy Rich Asians,” Oh said “It is the first studio film with an Asian American lead since ‘Ghost in the Shell in Aloha.’ ”
It’s hilarious because the star of “Ghost in the Shell in Aloha” is Emma Stone. You can hear Stone yell “Sorry!”
When introducing Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper as the first presenters of the night, Samberg said, “He discovered Ally and she discovered him in the garage.” Again, it’s only funny if you’ve seen the movie. I found it pretty witty. I couldn’t get over how long Lady Gaga’s dress was, I’m surprised no one tripped over it.
To poke fun at what took place at the Emmys, it was hilarious that Maya Rudolph proposed to Amy Poehler during their presentation for best screenplay in a motion picture. Rudolph interrupts Poehler and she starts fake shaking.
“Amy Geraldine Poehler will you marry me?” Rudolph asked while struggling to open a large jewelry box. Poehler, of course, said “yes.” I was cracking up. Those two are priceless.
Another clever segment was when Samberg and Oh showed a Golden Globe highlights clip over the past 76 years. The clip only showed Samberg winning his award in 2014 and Oh winning her award in 2006.
New Award, Donations
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association created a new award called the Carol Burnett Award, for outstanding lifetime achievement in television. I want an award named after me, that would be awesome.
Steve Carell joked that the first recipient nominees were Christian Bale, Charlize Theron, Antonio Banderas and Carol Burnett. I didn’t know that Burnett is the most decorated person in the television category of the Golden Globes.
Burnett talked about how a show like hers would not exist today because of cost. “The Carol Burnett Show” consisted of a 28-piece orchestra set, 12 dancers, 65 costumes a week, a main cast and two guest stars.
She said “Here’s to reruns and YouTube” for generations to come to experience her comedy. It’s funny because it’s true, I watched old episodes on YouTube.
“What has remained the same for every person who was lucky enough to be on television is the belief that we’ve been given an opportunity to do something special,” she said.
“We’ve been granted a gift, a canvas to paint with our talent, one that can make people laugh or cry, or maybe do both.”
What I thought was very cool was how Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Meher Tatna announced that the organization would donate $1 million in grants to Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and $1 million in grants to InsideClimate News. Both are nonprofit and nonpartisan organizations.
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is an American organization that provides free legal help to journalists, according to its website. InsideClimate News is a news organization that focuses on the environment, the website states.
“It is incumbent on all of us to protect and preserve the freedom of creative expression of speech and of the press,” Tatna said.
“This is our story to tell. This is our story to write. This is our stand to take.”