Olivia Munn hosted the 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards last night, and following on from the powerful speeches at the Golden Globes, the actress used her platform to call out gender inequality in an incredible way.
Joined by comedian Niecy Nash for a segment of the show, Olivia embarked on a skit now being called ‘Toast to the Good Guys’, in which the pair raised glasses of champagne to the ‘regular human’ behaviour of the nice guys in Hollywood.
With recent news that Michelle Williams was paid a mere 1% of Mark Wahlberg’s fee for reshooting scenes on new movie All The Money In The World, however, it wasn’t long before the actor became a punchline.
In what has been hailed on Twitter as an already iconic awards show segment, Olivia began with: “At this time, my friend Niecy Nash and I would like to make a toast to all the good guys in Hollywood.
“I’d like to raise a glass to that studio executive who had me meet him in the studio conference room, instead of his actual hotel room.”
Niecy then backed her up with: “Yes, yes! Congratulations for doing what you’re supposed to do! And here’s to the male casting directors who didn’t ever say anything derogatory to me in an audition.
“Hey, way to be regular human beings, guys! Good job!”
The pair then turned their attentions to the Golden Globes. While Oprah Winfrey, Nicole Kidman, Natalie Portman, Eva Longoria and more all made powerful speeches both on the stage and red carpet at the event, it was noted that many of the men in attendance remained comparatively silent on the topic of sexual harassment in Hollywood.
Niecy led in with: “Thank you to all of the men for speaking up at the Golden Globes and joining our sisters….”
Munn then quipped: “Actually, sorry, sorry, they really didn’t say much, there.”
Cue the moment Mark Wahlberg, who wasn’t in attendance —much like James Franco — probably wished he’d done more to advocate for fair pay.
“I do want to say thank you to the producers for paying Niecy and I the same amount of money and Mark Wahlberg $1 million,” fired off Munn.
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“He took a pay cut, so that’s really nice and generous of him. Thank you so much.”
Mark Wahlberg has so far remained silent on the fact that he was paid a $1.5 million for the reshoot of All The Money In The World, while co-star Michelle Williams got the industry standard $80 per day.
Several scenes needed to be reshot after Kevin Spacey was cut from the whole film and replaced by Christopher Plummer, following accusations of sexual assault.
But while it was originally reported that the original cast came back to film new scenes free of charge, as an act of solidarity in the face of the Kevin Spacey scandal, it’s now emerged that Wahlberg’s agent actually renegotiated him a $1.5 million fee.
Michelle, however, despite being represented by the very same agency, William Morris Endeavor, was left completely in the dark of the wage hike.
The pay discrepancy is now reportedly being investigated by an actors’ union.