Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards will be a more somber occasion than usual, because celebrities say they don’t feel like partying in such difficult, Trumpian times.
“We are living in very troubled times,” Kenneth Logan, who directed the acclaimed Manchester by the Sea, up for several awards on Sunday, told ABC News. “How troubled, we don’t know yet. It’s going to be a lot of trouble, or it might be bad trouble like we’ve never seen.”
The writer director of another awards favorite, Moonlight, also had cautionary words for his fellow Americans: “As we make America great again, let’s remember some inconsiderable things in our legacy, because there was a time when someone like me was just not considered,” said Barry Jenkins, who is black.
The Golden Globes have a sit-down meal during the event, so celebrities typically take the opportunity to rub elbows, as they kick off the two-month awards season.
Even host Jimmy Fallon claimed that Donald Trump was going to have a negative impact on the night’s mood. It’s “the first and maybe the last party that we’ll have in 2017,” he told reporters.
Many of Sunday’s top nominees were Hillary Clinton supporters, with a number of them giving or bundling millions at private Hollywood parties for the Democratic candidate.
At the Gotham Awards in October, the last major award ceremony featuring such an A-list lineup, election bitterness was palpable. “The film that receives the most votes … is the winner. It’s a brilliant idea,” Homeland‘s Damian Lewis opined from that stage.
But while Trump was clearly foremost on everybody’s mind, his looming presidency was not immediately visible on the red carpet, as A-listers wearing thousand-dollar gowns and million-dollar jewelry poured out of private limousines on their way to accept glittering awards.