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Stable geniuses, Oprah for president, self-driving pizza: It’s a thing

Oprah Winfrey delivering her speech while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards.
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Oprah Winfrey delivering her speech while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

SMART ATTACK

It occurs to me that in the several years I’ve been here in the Tank, I’ve never really made clear to any of you how, like, really smart I am — apart from my regular weekly implicit expressions of my genius, that is. Thanks to our verystable genius president, I realize now that this was lousy leadership on my part. (I’m kinda learning on the job.)

WINNERS AND LOSERS

This year’s Golden Globe Awards served as a powerful rallying cry for the #metoo movement, with many of the night’s acceptance speeches addressing a Hollywood culture allegedly rampant with sexual harassment and abuse, and attacking the silence that has protected it. If the Globes are any predictor of what will happen on Oscar night, expect “Three Billboards Outside Epping, Missouri” to win too many things, “Get Out” to win not nearly enough things, and Harvey Weinstein’s Cialis prescription to cap off the In Memoriam reel.

O(MG)

And if the Golden Globes are any predictor of what will happen in the next two years, expect to get real tired real fast by talk of President Oprah. Winfrey delivered a passionate speech upon accepting the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement, and many heard it as the opening salvo of what may be the media mogul’s first foray into presidential politics. The Internet went bonkers, in part because this is bonkers, and in part because we’re fairly certain this means everybody gets a car!!!

DELIVERY FROM EVIL

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Fans of so-called pizza and the so-called future may find themselves cutting carbs and peering through the blinds once they get a glimpse of the newly unveiled autonomous delivery vanPizza Hut just developed with Toyota (and projected for dispatch in 2020). For some it triggered upsetting memories of a recent episode of “Black Mirror.” For others it triggered upsetting memories of our last episode with Pizza Hut.

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MICHAEL ANDOR BRODEUR 

Michael Andor Brodeur can be reached at mbrodeur@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MBrodeur.