Outgoing President Barack Obama surprised attendees of the 74th Golden Globe Awards with a brief letter in which he praised the night’s nominees for “helping us celebrate our triumphs and illustrate our flaws.”
The note from the president was tucked inside the show programs, according to the Daily Mail:
Michelle and I send greetings to all those attending the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards.
Film and television have captured audiences for generations — transforming the art of storytelling and challenging our understanding of society. Using the big and small screens to bring diverse tales to life, actors and actresses and creative visionaries behind the scenes have inspired us to find deeper meaning in our shared humanity.
Tonight’s nominees have devoted their talents to helping us celebrate our triumphs and illustrate our flaws. By enabling us to see ourselves in each other and creating a space for the many narratives that reflect our rich and collective history, they remind us of the power and ideas and the ways they can shape our world for the better.
As you gather to recognize this year’s nominees, I wish you all the best for a memorable evening.
President-elect Donald Trump was spoken about a number of times throughout the night, most notably during Meryl Streep’s lifetime achievement speech. Without mentioning Trump by name, the eight-time Golden Globe winner made reference to some of the president-elect’s more controversial actions and statements.
At one point, Streep spoke about the accusation that Trump mocked a disabled reporter during a campaign event in 2015, something that Trump denies having done.
“It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I can’t get it out of my head, because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life,” she said, according to NBC News. “And this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing.”
“Disrespect invites disrespect,” she continued. “Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose. We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call him on the carpet for every outrage.”
Trump responded to Streep’s comments the following day on Twitter, where he accused her of being a “Hillary flunky.”
“Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn’t know me but attacked [me] last night at the Golden Globes,” Trump wrote. “She is a Hillary flunky who lost big.”
Trump is set to be sworn into office as the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20.
Sources: Daily Mail, NBC News / Photo credit: The U.S. Army/Flickr