As the Golden Globes returned to screens on Tuesday after a year-long hiatus due to uproar over ethical gaffes and a lack of diversity, host of the Jerrod Carmichael roasted the show.
According to reports, Carmichael, 35, didn’t shy away from the controversy in his opening monologue as he took aim at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s previous membership – and revealed he only took the job for a $500,000 paycheck.
The HFPA scandal erupted in 2021 when it emerged there were no black members among the 87-person association – with the 2021 awards show held virtually.
Carmichael opened his monologue with ‘I am your host Jerrod Carmichael and I’ll tell you why I’m here, I’m here… because I’m black’ – before going on to take swipes at Kanye West, Scientology and Whitney Houston’s death.
‘I’ll tell you what’s been going on this show, the awards, did not air last year because the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which I won’t say they were a racist organisation.
‘But they didn’t have a single black member until George Floyd died so do with that information what you will I’ll tell you how I got here why am I here on the stage with you guys tonight well, I was at home.
‘I was like, “whoa, like one minute you’re making minute tea at home, the next you’re invited to be the black face of an embattled white organization”. Life really comes at you fast, you know so I said, “Stephen, I’m torn, I’ll be honest with you, I’m a little torn because, you know, one, it’s a great opportunity, thank you for the call but I’m only being asked to host this, I know, because I’m black…”
He later appeared following a commercial break and said he was told to ‘shout out the venue that we’re in.’
He said: ‘So, we are here, live, from the hotel that killed Whitney Houston, the Beverly Hilton’ in a further shock moment.
See the list of winners:
Best picture, drama: The Fabelmans
Best picture, musical or comedy: The Banshees of Inisherin
Actress, drama: Cate Blanchett, Tár
Actor, drama: Austin Butler, Elvis
Actress, musical or comedy: Michelle Yeoh, Everything Everywhere All at Once
Actor, musical or comedy: Colin Farrell, The Banshees of Inisherin
Supporting actor: Ke Huy Quan, Everything Everywhere All at Once
Supporting actress: Angela Bassett, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Director: Steven Spielberg, The Fabelmans.
Screenplay: Martin McDonagh, The Banshees of Inisherin
Non-English language: Argentina, 1985
Original score: Justin Hurwitz, Babylon
Original song: “Naatu Naatu,” from RRR, by composer M.M. Keeravani and lyricist Chandrabose
Animated film: Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
Drama series: House of the Dragon
Comedy series: Abbott Elementary
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Limited series: The White Lotus.
Actor, drama series: Kevin Costner, Yellowstone
Actress, drama series: Zendaya, Euphoria.
Actor, comedy or musical series: Jeremy Allen White, The Bear
Actress, comedy or musical series: Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary
Actor, limited series: Evan Peters, Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story
Actress, limited series: Amanda Seyfried, The Dropout
Supporting actress, musical, comedy or drama: Julia Garner, Ozark
Supporting actress, limited series: Jennifer Coolidge, The White Lotus
Supporting actor, limited series: Paul Walter Hauser, Black Bird
Supporting actor, musical, comedy or drama: Tyler James Williams, Abbott Elementary