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Politics mentioned early and often at Golden Globes

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/9/2017 By JOCELYN NOVECK, Associated Press
This image released by NBC shows host Jimmy Fallon at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. (Paul Drinkwater/NBC via AP) © The Associated Press This image released by NBC shows host Jimmy Fallon at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. (Paul Drinkwater/NBC via AP)

Donald Trump was not in attendance at the Golden Globes, but he was there in spirit — or more precisely, as the target of a slew of political barbs.

Hugh Laurie poses in the press room with the award for best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television for "The Night Manager" at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Hugh Laurie poses in the press room with the award for best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television for "The Night Manager" at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Only a few seconds into his monologue, host Jimmy Fallon noted that the Globes was "one of the few places left where America still honors the popular vote."

He was just getting started. Fallon went on to compare the president-elect to the evil King Joffrey in "Game of Thrones."

"What would it be like if King Joffrey had lived?" Fallon asked. "Well, in 12 days we're going to find out."

Speaking of the film "Florence Foster Jenkins," starring Meryl Streep as just about the worst opera singer in the world, Fallon opined: "Even she turned down performing at Trump's inauguration."

The mournful drama "Manchester by the Sea," he said, was "the only thing from 2016 that was more depressing than 2016." He also noted that votes were tabulated by the accounting firm of "Ernst & Young & Putin."

It wasn't just Fallon who indulged in Trump jokes. Hugh Laurie, accepting his award for best supporting actor in "The Night Manager," speculated that this would perhaps be the last Golden Globes ceremony.

"I don't mean to be gloomy, but it has the words 'Hollywood,' 'foreign' and 'press' in the title," Laurie said, explaining his pessimism about the awards surviving the Trump era. He added that some Republicans don't even like the word "association."

He accepted his award "on behalf of psychopathic billionaires everywhere."

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