TV Critic’s Corner

Awards season meets sexual misconduct

Seth Meyers will host the Golden Globe Awards Jan. 7.
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Seth Meyers will host the Golden Globe Awards Jan. 7.

Awards season is approaching fast, and it will be interesting to see how Hollywood deals with all the sexual misconduct allegations that have been made in recent months. The Oscars and the Golden Globes are meant to be long, entertaining back-pats for the industry, but will that self-love need to be muted this time around? How will the organizations that have celebrated Woody Allen and Roman Polanski cope with the new intolerance of repugnant behavior?

Will last year’s best actor winner Casey Affleck deliver the Oscar to this year’s best actress, per Oscar tradition?

Amid this anticipation, Seth Meyers has agreed to host the Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 7. We know that he’ll make Trump jokes, as he does so persistently on “Late Night” and as he did so fiercely during the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner that some say fueled Trump’s desire to be president. His direct attacks have improved his ratings, just as Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah have also benefited. But how will he treat the more sensitive topic on the top of his audience’s minds?


Meyer may set a tone for dealing with the rampant misconduct that may provide Jimmy Kimmel with some ideas when he performs the Oscar-hosting duties on March 4. By then, of course, a few more names and allegations will most likely have surfaced.

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