Late Night host Seth Meyers has been chosen to perform hosting duties at the 75th Golden Globes. Meyers takes over for fellow late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon, who acted as emcee for last year’s event. Meyers also took over for Fallon on Late Night after Fallon moved over to The Tonight Show.
Chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Golden Globes have been handed out every year since 1944. Originally only films were honored, but in 1957 the Globes also began recognizing great achievement in television. The Globes began being broadcast nationally in 1964, but didn’t have an actual official host most years until 2010, when Ricky Gervais made his first of four slightly controversial appearances in that role. Amy Poehler and Tina Fey teamed up to host from 2012-2014.
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THFPA has announced that Late Night host and former SNL head writer Meyers will take on hosting duties at the 75th Golden Globes event. Like his predecessors Poehler, Fey and Fallon, Meyers received some of his first national attention as host of SNL‘s Weekend Update. This bodes well for Colin Jost and Michael Che, the two men who currently hold down the Weekend Update chair.
Referred to by entertainment people as The Party of the Year, the Golden Globes are generally a lot more loose than the Oscars, and lead to a lot more hilarious reaction GIFs. Golden Globes hosts have also generally been more free to poke fun at the other celebrities, a freedom Ricky Gervais ran with during his tenure, creating a slightly confrontational atmosphere that some folks found uncomfortable. Last year’s host Jimmy Fallon toned down the snark a bit, and received generally negative reviews.
Seth Meyers is certainly someone who is capable of cranking up the snark-factor, with his background as an SNL writer and Weekend Update performer. Meyers also is not afraid of getting political, as he’s demonstrated by his many take-downs of Donald Trump on Late Night. The Globes’ decision to choose Meyers over Fallon may reflect a desire to inject a little more controversy into this year’s ceremony after the non-confrontational Fallon’s largely vanilla outing.
One subject Meyers is sure to tackle is the controversial decision to categorize Jordan Peele’s Get Out as a comedy for the purposes of Globes competition. Though Get Out has its comedic moments, Peele has made it clear that he regards the film as a deadly-serious social thriller, and many besides Peele have criticized the Globes for seemingly denigrating the film’s message by lumping it in with comedies and musicals instead of dramas.
The 75th Golden Globes ceremony airs Sunday, January 7, 2018. Nominations will be announced on Monday, December 11, 2017.
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