Seth Meyers’ Golden Globes Monologue: Transcript
Posted January 7, 2018 10:06 p.m. EST
Facing the difficult task of finding humor amid the sexual misconduct scandals roiling the entertainment industry, Seth Meyers, the host of Sunday’s Golden Globes, took aim at Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein and others. Here is his full opening monologue:
Good evening, ladies and remaining gentlemen. I’m Seth Meyers, and I’ll be your host tonight. Welcome to the 75th annual Golden Globes. And Happy New Year, Hollywood! It’s 2018, marijuana is finally allowed and sexual harassment finally isn’t. It’s going to be a good year!
This was the year of big little lies and get out — and also the television series ‘Big Little Lies’ and the movie ‘Get Out.’ There’s a new era underway, and I can tell because it’s been years since a white man was this nervous in Hollywood. By the way, a special hello to hosts of other upcoming awards shows who are watching me tonight like the first dog they shot into outer space.
For the male nominees in the room tonight, this is the first time in three months it won’t be terrifying to hear your name read out loud. “Did you hear about Willem Dafoe?” “Oh, God, no!” “He was nominated.” “Don’t do that! Don’t do that.”
Considering what has been going on this year with powerful men and their terrible behavior in Hollywood, a lot of people thought it would be more appropriate for a woman to host these awards, and they may be right. But if it’s any consolation, I’m a man with absolutely no power in Hollywood. I’m not even the most powerful Seth in the room tonight. (points to Seth Rogen) Hey, remember when he was the guy making trouble with North Korea? Simpler times.
They tried to get a woman to host this show, they really did. They said, “Hey, how would you like to come and be judged by some of the most powerful people in Hollywood?” And women were like, “Hmm, well, where is it?” And they said, “It’s at a hotel,” and long story short, I’m your host tonight.
And we’re all here tonight courtesy of the Hollywood Foreign Press. Yeah, give it up for the Hollywood Foreign Press. A string of three words that could not have been better designed to infuriate our president. ‘Hollywood foreign press.’ The only name that could make him angrier would be the Hillary Mexico Salad Association.
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.’ (oohs) It’ll sound like that.
Well, despite everything that happened this year, the show goes on. For example, 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?
Daniel Kaluuya is nominated for best actor for his work in “Get Out.” Daniel plays a young man lured to an event full of aging white people desperate to reclaim their youth, (looking around) and — oh, my God, Daniel, it’s a trap! Get out!
“Get Out” was a great film to see in a theater, and also a great way to tell if your date was a racist. If you walked out after that movie and your date said, “It was so sad when they hit that deer,” they’re a racist. You went to a movie with a racist.
“The Shape of Water” received the most nominations of any film this year. Just an incredibly beautiful film, but I have to admit, when I first heard about a film where a naïve young woman falls in love with a disgusting sea monster, I thought, “Oh man, not another Woody Allen movie.” Like “Manhattan” in water.
“The Post” is nominated for best picture tonight. “The Post” is a film about journalistic integrity, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep — (staff member comes onstage carrying a heap of awards) no, not yet, we have to wait. We have to wait and see what happens.
There was some great television nominated this year, too. We had another fantastic season of “Stranger Things.” “Stranger Things” reminded me so much of my childhood. Not the sci-fi stuff, and I didn’t really have any friends. I don’t know how to ride a bike. Basically just the part where a guy from RadioShack dated my mom.
“Sesame Street” recently released a parody of “Stranger Things” titled “Sharing Things.” Meanwhile, Bert and Ernie have been doing a parody of “Call Me By Your Name” for years.
I live in New York, so one of my favorite shows of the year was “The Deuce.” If you haven’t seen it, “The Deuce” is a show about Times Square in the early ‘70s, when New York was so seedy there were two James Francos.
Oprah Winfrey is receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award tonight. What a tremendous honor, for Cecil B. DeMille. And Oprah, while I have you, in 2011 I told some jokes about our current president at the White House Correspondents Dinner — jokes 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.