Hollywood award shows are little more than political pile-on fests these days.
The heavy political preaching that’s gone on during these programs is arguably what’s led to lowered ratings among viewers for these self-congratulatory Hollywood awards shows.
The 76th annual Golden Globes will air this Sunday, January 6, on NBC.
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“Grey’s Anatomy” star Sandra Oh and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” actor Andy Samberg will co-host the event.
The hosts interviewed each other for The Hollywood Reporter; Oh said that “Trump bashing” will not be on the agenda for the evening.
Asked by Samberg, who previously starred on “Saturday Night Live,” if the show would “go hard into detailed politics stuff,” Oh said she had no interest in politics.
Samberg seemed to agree.
“No, I don’t think I could do that. I don’t think it’s shallow to have fun and be honestly celebratory,” said Oh, who now stars on the television series “Killing Eve.”
The actress added that she was “not interested in [mentioning President Donald Trump] at all.”
Samberg seemed to agree with the sentiment.
He said, “It’s going to be great. I think people are ready and could use a little smile.”
He added, “Everyone is depressed, and maybe that’s as good a reason as any that everyone could use a little time to laugh and celebrate.”
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Oh said her focus will be partly on highlighting the cultural changes in Hollywood and the more inclusive films that have been released in the last couple of years.
“I want to focus on that ’cause people can pooh-pooh Hollywood all they want — and there is a lot to pooh-pooh, sure — but we also make culture. How many gazillions of people have seen ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Crazy Rich Asians’?” said Oh. “That changes things. Just speaking for my own community, people cried a lot in [‘Crazy Rich Asians’], and it’s not only because it’s a great story and a classic romantic comedy — it is because seeing yourself reflected on screen is really emotional when you don’t even know that you’re carrying so much grief [over] never being seen.”
Oh won a Golden Globe in 2006 for her work on “Grey’s Anatomy.”
She is currently nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Drama for “Killing Eve.”
Samberg won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Comedy or Musical in 2014 for his work on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” a series whose sixth season will begin in January on NBC.
The 76th annual Golden Globe Awards will air at 8 p.m. EST this Sunday.
The ceremony itself will take place at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
For more on how Hollywood award shows have gotten political today, check out the video below: