This Is Us stars Sterling K. Brown and Susan Kelechi Watson hit out at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's lack of diversity at Sunday's Golden Globe Awards.
Sterling, 44, and Susan, 39, took to the stage at Beverly Hills' Beverly Hilton Hotel to present, amid controversy over the revelation that the HFPA – the ceremony's governing body – doesn't include a single black journalist.
'It’s good to be black at the Golden Globes… er… back, back at the Golden Globes,' Sterling said on stage, before Susan quipped: 'It’s great to be black anywhere!'
Calling out: This Is Us stars Sterling K. Brown and Susan Kelechi Watson hit out at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's lack of diversity at Sunday's Golden Globe Awards
Their comments came as the show's hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler ripped the HFPA for having no black journalists among its 87 members during their Golden Globes monologue to crowds mostly filled with first responders.
'The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is made up of around 90 international - no black - journalists who attend movie junkets each year in search of a better life,' Fey said, adding that 'a number of black actors and black-led projects were overlooked'.
'We all know award shows are stupid... the point is, even with stupid things, inclusivity is important and there are no black members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
'I realise, HFPA you many not have gotten the memo because your workplace is the back booth of a French McDonald's, but you got to change that.'
Controversy: Sterling, 44, and Susan, 39, took to the stage at Beverly Hills' Beverly Hilton Hotel to present, after the revelation that the HFPA doesn't include a single black journalist
Poehler chimed in adding she is 'looking forward to that change.'
The HFPA came under scrutiny this week after the Los Angeles Times discovered that the group has no black members and Hollywood celebrities and industry guilds have since voiced criticism.
'A cosmetic fix isn’t enough. When whole cultures are shut out of the conversation, their art and their voices are shut out as well,' the Directors Guild, which has 18,000 members, wrote on Facebook.
In a subsequent segment on the show, HFPA officials acknowledged the issues and pledged to focus their efforts on improving things moving forward.
'We’ll look feared to a more inclusive future,' HFPA President Ali Sar said. 'That means creating an environment where diverse membership is the norm, not the exception.'
Quip: 'It’s good to be black at the Golden Globes … er… back, back at the Golden Globes,' Sterling said on stage, before Susan quipped, 'It’s great to be black anywhere!'
Ex-HFPA President Meher Tatna said, 'We must ensure everyone from all underrepresented communities get a seat at our table -and we are going to make that happen.'
This year's ceremony, which usually takes place in early January, was pushed back to February 28 as Hollywood continues to adjust to the novel coronavirus pandemic and new safety guidelines.
Amy Poehler and Tina Fey returned to host for the fourth time. The comedy duo did the honours in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
It is the first ever awards show to be broadcast from two separate coasts.
Fey, 50, presented from atop New York City's Rockefeller Center in the Rainbow Room and Poehler, 49, in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where the ceremony is usually held annually.
The latest: Hosts Tina Fey, 50, and Amy Poehler, 49, were fearless in delivering the Golden Globes monologue with jabs at the HFPA's diversity problem
Nominees tuned into the ceremony remotely but presenters were asked to appear at the storied venue in person.
The impressive list of presenters this year included Awkwafina, Cynthia Erivo, Annie Mumolo, Joaquin Phoenix, Kristen Wiig and Renee Zellweger, Kevin Bacon, Sterling K. Brown, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Margot Robbie, Tiffany Haddish, Anthony Anderson, Kate Hudson and Kenan Thompson.
Satchel and Jackson Lee, children of three-time Golden Globe nominated filmmaker Spike Lee and producer/philanthropist Tonya Lewis Lee, served as the 2021 Golden Globe Ambassadors.
Jane Fonda, 83, received the Cecil B. DeMille Award, an accolade for film. The screen icon has previously won Golden Globes for her roles in Klute, Julia and Coming Home.
Norman Lear was honoured with the Carol Burnett Award, a counterpart to the DeMille Award that focuses on life achievement in television. The writer, director and producer is a six-time Golden Globe winner.
Last year's 77th Golden Globes, hosted by Ricky Gervais, averaged 19.2 million viewers, making it one of the most-watched network telecasts of 2020.
GOLDEN GLOBES 2021: THE WINNERS
Best Motion Picture, Drama
Nomadland - WINNER
Promising Young Woman
The Trial of the Chicago 7
On the road again: Nomadland won the top honor in film Best Motion Picture, Drama
Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm - WINNER
Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman
David Fincher – Mank
Regina King – One Night in Miami
Aaron Sorkin – The Trial of the Chicago 7
Chloé Zhao – Nomadland - WINNER
Trailblazing: Chloe Zhao became just the second woman to win for directing in 78 years
Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman
Jack Fincher – Mank
Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller – The Father
Aaron Sorkin – The Trial of the Chicago 7 - WINNER
Chloé Zhao – Nomadland
Best Foreign Language Picture
The Life Ahead
Minari - WINNER
Two of Us
Best Animated Picture
The Croods: A New Age
Over the Moon
Soul - WINNER
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Viola Davis – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Andra Day – The United States vs Billie Holiday - WINNER
Vanessa Kirby – Pieces of a Woman
Frances McDormand – Nomadland
Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman
Big moment: Andra Day was the surprise winner in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama category
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom - WINNER
Anthony Hopkins – The Father
Gary Oldman – Mank
Tahar Rahim – The Mauritanian
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Kate Hudson – Music
Michelle Pfeiffer – French Exit
Rosamund Pike – I Care a Lot - WINNER
Anya Taylor-Joy – Emma
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Sacha Baron Cohen – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm - WINNER
James Corden – The Prom
Lin-Manuel Miranda – Hamilton
Dev Patel – The Personal History of David Copperfield
Andy Samberg – Palm Springs
Winner! Sacha Baron Cohen's politically-charged sequel Borat Subsequent Moviefilm earned two awards
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Glenn Close – Hilbilly Elegy
Jodie Foster – The Mauritanian - WINNER
Olivia Colman – The Father
Amanda Seyfried – Mank
Helena Zengel – News of the World
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Sacha Baron Cohen – The Trial of the Chicago 7
Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah - WINNER
Jared Leto – The Little Things
Bill Murray – On the Rocks
Leslie Odom Jr – One Night in Miami
Best Original Score in a Motion Picture
The Midnight Sky
News of the World
Soul - WINNER
Best Original Song in a Motion Picture
Judas and the Black Messiah
The Life Ahead - WINNER
One Night in Miami
The Trial of the Chicago 7
The United States vs Billie Holiday
Best Television Series, Drama
The Crown - WINNER
Triumphant: The Crown nearly swept all of the dramatic television categories including Best Television Series, Drama as creator Peter Morgan accepted the award
Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical
Emily in Paris
The Flight Attendant
Schitt’s Creek - WINNER
Best Limited Series, Anthology or TV Movie
The Queen’s Gambit - WINNER
Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Drama
Olivia Colman – The Crown
Jodie Comer – Killing Eve
Emma Corrin – The Crown - WINNER
Laura Linney – Ozark
Sarah Paulson – Ratched
Crowning achievement: Emma Corrin beat out her The Crown co-star Olivia Colman (Queen Elizabeth II) in the Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Drama category
Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series, Drama
Jason Bateman – Ozark
Josh O’Connor – The Crown - WINNER
Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul
Al Pacino – Hunters
Matthew Rhys– Perry Mason
Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical
Lily Collins – Emily in Paris
Kaley Cuoco – The Flight Attendant
Elle Fanning – The Great
Jane Levy – Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
Catherine O’Hara – Schitt’s Creek - WINNER
Legend: Catherine O'Hara earned the win in the Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical for her role in Schitt's Creek
Best Performance by an Actor in a TV series, Comedy or Musical
Don Cheadle – Black Monday
Nicholas Hoult – The Great
Eugene Levy – Schitt’s Creek
Jason Sudeikis – Ted Lasso - WINNER
Ramy Youssef – Ramy
Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology or TV Movie
Cate Blanchett – Mrs America
Daisy Edgar-Jones – Normal People
Shira Haas – Unorthodox
Nicole Kidman – The Undoing
Anya Taylor-Joy – The Queen’s Gambit - WINNER
Checkmate: It was also a big night for Anya Taylor-Joy as she won Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology or TV Movie for The Queen's Gambit
Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology or TV Movie
Bryan Cranston – Your Honour
Jeff Daniels – The Comey Rule
Hugh Grant – The Undoing
Ethan Hawke – The Good Lord Bird
Mark Ruffalo – I Know This Much Is True - WINNER
Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series
Gillian Anderson – The Crown - WINNER
Helena Bonham Carter – The Crown
Julia Garner – Ozark
Annie Murphy – Schitt’s Creek
Cynthia Nixon – Ratched
Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series
John Boyega – Small Axe, “Red, White and Blue” - WINNER
Daniel Levy – Schitt’s Creek
Brendan Gleeson – The Comey Rule
Jim Parsons – Hollywood
Donald Sutherland – The Undoing
No axe to grind: The second award of the night went to John Boyega in the Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series category for his role in Small Axe "Red, White and Blue"