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The 8 Most Scathing Trump Takedowns at the Golden Globes

Meryl Streep's was the best, but other stars got in their digs too.

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The 74th annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday marked the last high-profile event before Donald Trump takes office on January 20. While Meryl Streep's soaring speech was the biggest winner, many of the stars used the platform to voice their vigorous opposition to the incoming administration.

1. Jimmy Fallon 

Fallon, who received much criticism for his role in normalizing Trump, read the room well in his jabs at the president-elect. Fallon opened by calling the Golden Globes, hosted in Beverly Hills, "one of the few places left where America still honors the popular vote."

After all, the firm Ernst & Young & Putin was in charge of the vote count, Fallon joked. 

Then, noting a parallel between Donald Trump and evil King Joffrey in "Game of Thrones," Fallon asked the audience what they thought life would be like if "King Joffrey had lived." "Well, in 12 days we're going to find out," he said.

Fallon also spoke of Meryl Streep and her film Florence Foster Jenkins, in which Streep stars as "the worst opera singer in the world," he said. But, "Even she turned down performing at Trump's inauguration," Fallon added. 

2. Meryl Streep

Streep delivered arguably the best political speech of the night upon receiving the Cecile B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement. 

"All of us in this room, really, belong to the most vilified segments in American society right now," Streep said. "Think about it, Hollywood, foreigners and the press. But who are we and what is Hollywood anyway?" 

"Where are their birth certificates?" she asked. "Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners. If we kick 'em all out, you'll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts..."

3. Hugh Laurie

Streep and Fallon were joined by Hugh Laurie in their bashing of Donald Trump at the award ceremony. Laurie accepted his award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television for his work in "The Night Manager," saying he was doing so, "on behalf of psychopathic billionaires everywhere."

Hypothesizing how the Golden Globes would evolve in a Trump era, Laurie concluded this was uncharted territory even for some Republicans. 

"I don't mean to be gloomy, but it has the words 'Hollywood,' 'foreign' and 'press' in the title," Laurie mused. 

4. Isabelle Huppert

"Do not expect cinema to set up walls and borders," were the closing words of French actress Isabelle Huppert's acceptance speech for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture. 

5. Byron Howard 

Zootopia co-director Byron Howard also delivered a message about "embracing diversity, even though there are people in the world who want to divide us using fear," upon accepting the award for Best Animated Feature. 

6. Viola Davis

Viola Davis accepted her first Golden Globe for Fences and chose to focus her backstage interview on her personal successes and questioning the outcome of the presidential vote on moral grounds.

"I think that America in and of itself has been an affirmation, but I think that we've fallen short a lot, because there is no way that we can have anyone in office that is not an extension of our own belief system," Davis said.  

"So then what does that say about us?" she asked. 

7. Barry Jenkins

The Moonlight cast and crew also took on Trump and hate speech in their acceptance of Best Picture. 

"No one could have anticipated that we would be sitting on the president-elect that we have coming into office in the next 12, 13 days; however, we all made these films because we felt something was lacking in the soil at the root, these stories that hadn't been told," director Barry Jenkins said. 

His advice? Continue to tell stories truthfully and make sure they are heard. 

"Honestly, we have to give people things... to reaffirm," he continued. "If you're feeling something and you want to speak it, you speak it, and someone will be there to hear your truth, and I think that's been the spirit of Moonlight so far." 

8. Janelle Monae

Supporting actress Janelle Monae also delivered a powerful message against racial animosity and hate speech.

"'I've been very supportive of love, and at the end of the day I think that no matter where you come from and who you love, you deserve to have a right to the American dream," Monae said. "I think anybody who is representing hate is part of the problem. I hope we can all remember that at the end of the day, we all bleed the same color."

Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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