Globes opener takes on sex claims, Trump

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Actors and actresses are however expected to turn out in black this year, in solidarity with victims of Weinstein and numerous other figures exposed by the harassment and abuse scandal, including Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner and Dustin Hoffman.

"Black-ish" star Tracee Ellis Ross donned a black headwrap with her black satin Marc Jacobs halterneck dress, "The Crown" star Claire Foy opted for a black tuxedo suit, twinning with her co-star Matt Smith, and "Will and Grace" actress Debra Messing wore a black sequined Christian Siriano dress with pants.

A frequent Trump critic on his late-night show, Meyers jested about what he said would be the commander in chief's disdain for the group that doles out the Golden Globes.

"It will influence everything from Seth Meyers' monologue to impassioned acceptance speeches to the fashion".

Meyers' opening line set the tone, in which he said, "Good evening, ladies and remaining gentlemen". "It's gonna be a good year".

"There's a new era underway, and I can tell because it's been years since a white man was this nervous in Hollywood".

"Across film and TV, there's also the opportunity to reward roles for women that are strong, powerful and compelling beyond simply their relationships to men", Variety's Birnbaum told AFP. The project aimed to halt the objectification of women, and put their achievements and experiences into the spotlight instead of their bodies and the clothes adorning them. Just an incredibly lovely 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'.

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He stressed that it was a "late night conversation, under the influence of alcohol", and that his words "do not represent who I am, the values I was raised on".

It wasn't long before media mogul Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of rape and sexual assault by a string of women - and who it was sensationally speculated may make an appearance at the Globes - came under fire.

'Remember when he was the guy making trouble with North Korea.

In the movie categories, there's not a clear frontrunner, though Guillermo del Toro's grown-up fairy tale "The Shape of Water" leads with seven nominations.

Scott was also nominated for best director and Michelle Williams for best actress, after the HFPA were shown a rough cut of the Spacey-free film.

Seth mentioned that House of Cards was coming back for another season. I hope he can do a southern accent because Kevin Spacey sure couldnt.

Pointing at Seth Rogen, Meyers added, "Im not even the most powerful Seth in the room tonight".

Meyers wrapped up his monologue with a thank you to the women in the audience: "I look forward to whatever you'll be leading us into next".

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