“You know you’re not the first choice when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association asks you in mid-November.” Seth Meyers of Late Night fame told The New York Times’ Dave Itzkoff.
Seth was discussing the invitation to host the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards on NBC.
As the world knows he came on board.
Last Sunday, before the awards were presented, we chuckled when a hungry Laura Dern told a pre-show interviewer, ”Hey, there’s always good food here!”
The pre-show blather at The Beverly Hilton missed the helium-powered energy of our late Joan Rivers.
Count on the bubbly flowing (Moet & Chandon). Tipplers getting woozy. Tablehopping taking over.
The early dinner offering a gourmet menu of surf and turf (lobster and filet mignon). With guests pigging out on the Godiva chocolates.
Wherever you looked, a sea of black gowns, as directed by the sexually harassed Rose McGowan, were the order of the night. To protest Hollywood’s misconduct. By actors and filmmakers.
Billowing black creations and farthingales (Sarah Jessica Parker). Many better suited for a Shakespearean stage.
One woman dared wearing a red dress, whom we later discovered is the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. A native of Mumbai, India, President Meher Tatna explained, “it’s a cultural thing for me. My mom would have been appalled if I had worn black. This is for her.”
There were folks who questioned the funeral black. Hollywood in mourning? If Hollywood was affirming the power of its women, wouldn’t the color red have been a more positive selection than the widows weeds?
Accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, Oprah Winfrey, introduced by a preachy Reese Witherspoon, delivered her stirring speech about being a young black girl, thrilled while watching Sidney Poitier receive an Oscar for his Best Actor performance in the 1963 Lilies of the Field.
Immediately after the show, the eloquent Oprah flew to New York on her private aircraft for a celebration of The Color Purple cast and crew. Is it true that Quincy Jones is among her brilliant financial advisers?
The three-hour telecast is best described by Wendy Goldberg as “lackluster,” noting that every friend she talked with the following morning agreed.
The bizarre quote of the awards night came from Debra Messing: “This is not about Hollywood.” Hello?