President Barack Obama penned a letter congratulating this year’s Golden Globe nominees that appeared inside the program handed out to attendees at the awards show Sunday night.
“Michelle and I send greetings to all those attending the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards. Film and television have captured audiences for generations — transforming the art of storytelling and challenging our understanding of society,” read the brief letter.
“Using the big and small screens to bring diverse tales to life, actors and actresses and creative visionaries behind the scenes have inspired us to find deeper meaning in our shared humanity,” Obama added.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) January 9, 2017
The Golden Globes was as much a night for celebrating cinema as it was a sounding board for stars still reeling from the election of Donald Trump.
Host Jimmy Fallon made good on his promise and kicked off the night with a litany of anti-Trump jokes.
The Golden Globes, Fallon said, are “one of the few places left where America still honors the popular vote.”
British actor Hugh Laurie accepted his Golden Globe for best supporting actor in a limited series or TV movie “on behalf of psychopathic billionaires everywhere,” a reference to his character on The Night Manager and a not-so-subtle shot at the President-elect.
Perhaps no star’s disdain for Trump was more evident than Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Meryl Streep, who lit into Trump during her acceptance speech.
“Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners. And if we kick them all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and Mixed Martial Arts, which are not the arts,” she said.