Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis Jokingly Challenge Actors to 'Give Half Their Salary Back' at Golden Globes
By Sophie Schillaci
Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis didn't come to play around!
The Thelma & Louise stars took the stage at Sunday's Golden Globe Awards to present the trophy for Best Actor in a Motion Picture -- Drama to Gary Oldman. But just before announcing the winner, Davis teased the nominees by declaring that they had all "agreed to give half of their salary back, so the women can make more than them."
Sarandon was quick to clarify, "I don't think that actually happened yet -- but that's a great idea!"
"I am so happy to announce that the winner of this category will also receive the 23 percent of her salary that went missing in the wage gap," Chastain quipped. "It's not a problem, as we've saved so much money kicking people out of Hollywood this year."
Hemsworth agreed wholeheartedly, adding: "In response to everything that's going on in today's world, we've decided to remove all the men from this category."
"It's the least we could do," Chastain added.
Oldman didn't acknowledge those jokes when he took the stage to accept his award, declaring that he felt "very humbled and surprised to be asked to this stage."
The 59-year-old actor was sure to thank his Darkest Hour co-star, Kristin Scott Thomas, calling her performance "beautiful."
"Your work is exquisite," he said, "and thank you for putting up with all those awful cigars."
Oldman also paid tribute to his wife, Gisele Schmidt, "who put up with my crazy for over a year."
"She would say to friends, 'I go to bed with Winston Churchill, but I wake up with Gary Oldman,' which I suppose is better than the other way around," he joked.