The 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards, which will kick start Hollywood’s award season, was surprisingly fun, pleasant and inoffensive, although we were all disappointed that Crazy Rich Asians (based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan about the extravagant life of the rich in Singapore) missed out on nabbing a Globe.
While some might say the lack of drama is boring, there was no shortage of sharp commentary (Crazy Rich Asians is “the first show featuring an all-Asian cast since Ghost in the Shell and Aloha,” retorted Sandra Oh), great laughs and inspirational moments throughout the 3.5-hour-long ceremony. Here are some of the best moments worth highlighting.
1. When the hosts shot compliments instead of zings
Golden Globes’ hosts Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh decided to give the usual tradition of roasting their fellow celebs a rest in their opening monologue. Instead, they wanted to bring “a moment of joy” and to be celebratory, so it was a rather unusual parley that followed. “Bradley Cooper!” called Sandra. “You are hot,” she said with a growl. Jeff Bridges, “I wish you were my dad”, shot Andy. Amy Adams has been nominated for multiple globes, added Sandra. “Save some for the rest of us, you multi-talented piece of crap.”
Playing it safe, or much-needed positivity? You decide.
2. When they kicked Jim Carrey out off his seat
The closest thing to toughness the hosts displayed was when they asked Jim Carrey to leave his seat at the “film section”. Jim was nominated for best performance in a television series, comedy or musical for his role as Jeff in the Showtime series Kidding, so scoot on back to where the TV people sit, they said. “You’re kidding right? I just filmed Sonic the Hedgehog, it’s coming out later this year,” he appealed awkwardly as a security guard stood over him.
Reluctantly moving to the back with his things, he later yelled in feigned anger: “I can’t hear you from all the way back here!” A lighthearted and goofy gag that’s a marked departure from last year’s somber campaign against sexual harassment.
3. When Sandra Oh had a teary moment
Amidst the witty banter and jibes, Sandra took a moment to celebrate being the first person of Asian descent to host a major American awards show in an emotional dialogue. “I said yes to the fear of being on this stage tonight because I wanted to be here and look out onto this audience and witness this moment of change,” Sandra, who would later win the Best Actress award for a Television Series Drama for her role in Killing Eve.
“I’m not fooling myself. Next year could be different and probably will be,” she added, her voice cracking. “But right now, this moment is real.”
4. When everyone got a shot in the arm
While Golden Globes might lack the sheen of the more heralded Oscars and Emmys, it makes up for it in entertainment and fun. That is never more apparent than when 50 minutes into the show, the hosts shocked all with their announcement. “Normally at this point of the show, the host would do something fun and spontaneous to show how we’re all just ordinary people, like ordering pizza for everyone,” Andy said.
“But since we already get food at the Globes, we’d thought we’d mix it up and try something new,” Sandra announced. “So, roll up your sleeves Hollywood, ‘cause you’re all getting flu shots!” And out came a bunch of people in doctors’ coats, brandishing syringes. Cue chaos and confusion. Well at least no one will be taking MC tomorrow.
5. When Lady Gaga cemented her cred as a talented star
Gaga was in tears and lost for words when it was revealed that Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt and her scored best original song for A Star is Born song, Shallow. “I just want to say as a woman in music it’s really hard to be taken seriously as a songwriter, and these three men lifted and supported me. And Bradley, I love you.”
6. When Taylor Swift made a surprise appearance
Eyebrows were raised when Taylor walked onstage with Idris Elba to present the Best Original Score award (which went to Justin Hurwitz for First Man). The singer was there to support her boyfriend Joe Alwyn, whose film The Favourite was nominated for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. Taylor didn’t walk the red carpet with Joe, but she looked stunning in an off-shoulder black sequin Atelier Versace gown.
7. When an epic proposal happened
Maya Rudolph pulled out a ring box onstage and asked Amy Poehler to marry her ahead of their presentation of the Best Screenplay award (which went to Green Book). “You’re the love of my life, you’ve always been there for me. Amy Geraldine Poehler, will you marry me?” she said, mock shaking. “Oh my god! I can’t believe you’re doing this! Are we stealing focus from the next award?” Amy said with a gasp.
“Don’t worry. It’s just Best Screenplay,” Maya deadpanned “Yes, yes! A thousand times yes!” Amy replied before they nuzzled faces. The pair seemed to be poking fun at the viral proposal that went down at the 2018 Emmy Awards, where Oscars director Glenn Weiss asked his girlfriend Jan Friedlander Svendsen to marry him during his acceptance speech. Brilliant!
8. When women stood up for themselves
Regina King, who won best supporting actress in a motion picture for her role in If Beale Street Could Talk, gave a powerful speech on the importance of diversity. Thanking Hollywood director Barry Jenkins, she pledged that everything she produces in the next two years will be “50 per cent women”, before challenging attendees who are “in a position of power” to continue to push the notion of inclusiveness in Hollywood.
Later, Patricia Clarkson, who won best supporting actress in a series, limited series or TV movie for her role in HBO’s Sharp Objects, thanked its director Jean-Marc Vallée. “You demanded everything of me, except sex,” as the crowd burst into laughter. “Which is exactly how it should be in our industry.” Burn.
9. When an actor thanked the devil
It was quite a thank-you speech by Christian Bale, who won best actor in a motion picture – musical or comedy for his portrayal of former Vice-President Dick Cheney in Vice. Known for being a firecracker, Christian was no-holds-barred in his expletive-laden speech. “What a bunch of lucky buggers we are, to make a life out of doing something we love,” Bale said before thanking his “beautiful wife, who said saying less is more”.
“She knows some of the dumb crap that comes out of my mouth,” he said. Wrapping up, he added: “Thank you to Satan, who gave me inspiration on how to play this role.” We don’t think the Republicans will be pleased with that one.
10. When minorities’ rights are championed
The executive producer of Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (which won Best Television Limited Series or Made for TV Movie) gave a rousing speech, calling for a better and more loving world. “Gianni Versace was murdered 20 years ago. He was one of the few public figures who was out during a period of intense fear and hate,” Brad Simpson said.
“Those forces of hate and fear are still with us. As artists, we must fight back,” he said, by telling the stories of those who are not represented. “As human beings, we should resist in the streets, resist at the ballot box, and practice love and empathy in our everyday lives.” Couldn’t agree more.
11. When Lady Gaga lost out on an award she was widely favoured to win
In what was seen as the biggest upset of the night, Glenn Close snagged the Globe for best actress in a motion picture-drama for her powerful (but low-key) role in The Wife. There didn’t seem to be any hard feelings – both clutched each other tightly before Glenn went onstage. She gave what we feel is the most moving speech of the night, calling for women to break out of stereotypes.
“It’s called The Wife, maybe that’s why it took 14 years to make,” she joked about her film. Paying a tearful tribute to her mother, who had put her father’s needs before hers and ended up feeling like she had accomplished nothing when she reached her 80s, Glenn said that was “not right”. “We have to find personal fulfillment, we have to follow our dreams and say ‘I can do that, and I should be allowed to do that,” she said to a standing ovation.
12. When the biggest winner of the night was a head-scratcher
In another shocking twist, Bohemian Rhapsody (a biographical film about British rock band Queen), nabbed the top honours of best motion picture/drama, beating out great contenders like hot favourite A Star is Born and acclaimed film Black Panther.
Many were not pleased; pointing out that director Bryan Singer — who was fired from the film for repeated absences and later accused of rape — was not mentioned onstage by producers or its lead actor Rami Malek (who picked up the best drama actor trophy for playing Freddie Mercury). Puzzling.
Here’s the full list of winners:
Best actor in a TV series – musical or comedy
Sacha Baron Cohen – Who Is America?
Jim Carrey – Kidding
WINNER: Michael Douglas – The Kominsky Method
Donald Glover – Atlanta
Bill Hader – Barry
Best animated feature film
Isle of Dogs
Ralph Breaks the Internet
WINNER: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Best actor in a TV series – drama
Jason Bateman – Ozark
Stephan James – Homecoming
Billy Porter – Pose
WINNER: Richard Madden – Bodyguard
Matthew Rhys – The Americans
Best TV series – drama
WINNER: The Americans
Best supporting actor in a limited series or TV movie
Alan Arkin – The Kominsky Method
Kieran Culkin – Succession
Edgar Ramirez – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
WINNER: Ben Whishaw – A Very English Scandal
Henry Winkler – Barry
Best actress in a limited series or TV movie
Amy Adams – Sharp Objects
WINNER: Patricia Arquette – Escape at Dannemora
Connie Britton – Dirty John
Laura Dern – The Tale
Regina King – Seven Seconds
Best score in a motion picture
Marco Beltrami – A Quiet Place
Alexandre Desplat – Isle of Dogs
Ludwig Göransson – Black Panther
WINNER: Justin Hurwitz – First Man
Marc Shaiman – Mary Poppins Returns
Best song in a motion picture
All the Stars – Black Panther
Girl in the Movies – Dumplin’
Requiem for a Private War – A Private War
Revelation – Boy Erased
WINNER: Shallow – A Star Is Born
Best supporting actress in a motion picture
Amy Adams – Vice
Claire Foy – First Man
WINNER: Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk
Emma Stone – The Favourite
Rachel Weisz – The Favourite
Best actress in a TV series – drama
Caitriona Balfe – Outlander
Elisabeth Moss – The Handmaid’s Tale
WINNER: Sandra Oh – Killing Eve
Julia Roberts – Homecoming
Keri Russell – The Americans
Best supporting actor in a motion picture
WINNER: Mahershala Ali – Green Book
Timothée Chalamet – Beautiful Boy
Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman
Richard E Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell – Vice
Alfonso Cuarón – Roma
Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara – The Favourite
Barry Jenkins – If Beale Street Could Talk
Adam McKay – Vice
WINNER: Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly – Green Book
Best supporting actress in a limited series or TV movie
Alex Bornstein – The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
WINNER: Patricia Clarkson – Sharp Objects
Penelope Cruz – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Thandie Newton – Westworld
Yvonne Strahovski – The Handmaid’s Tale
Best actor – musical or comedy
WINNER: Christian Bale – Vice
Lin-Manuel Miranda – Mary Poppins Returns
Viggo Mortensen – Green Book
Robert Redford – The Old Man & the Gun
John C Reilly – Stan & Ollie
Best foreign language film
Never Look Away
Best actor in a limited series or TV movie
Antonio Banderas – Genius: Picasso
Daniel Bruhl – The Alienist
WINNER: Darren Criss – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Benedict Cumberbatch – Patrick Melrose
Hugh Grant – A Very English Scandal
Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
WINNER: Alfonso Cuarón – Roma
Peter Farrelly – Green Book
Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman
Adam McKay – Vice
Best actress in a TV series – musical or comedy
Kristen Bell – The Good Place
Candice Bergen – Murphy Brown
Alison Brie – Glow
WINNER: Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
Debra Messing – Will and Grace
Best TV series – musical or comedy
The Good Place
WINNER: The Kominsky Method
The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
Best limited series or TV movie
WINNER: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Escape at Dannemora
A Very English Scandal
Best actress – musical or comedy
Emily Blunt – Mary Poppins Returns
WINNER: Olivia Colman – The Favourite
Elsie Fisher – Eighth Grade
Charlize Theron – Tully
Constance Wu – Crazy Rich Asians
Best film – musical or comedy
Crazy Rich Asians
WINNER: Green Book
Mary Poppins Returns
Best actress – drama
WINNER: Glenn Close – The Wife
Lady Gaga – A Star Is Born
Nicole Kidman – Destroyer
Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Rosamund Pike – A Private War
Best actor – drama
Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
Willem Dafoe – At Eternity’s Gate
Lucas Hedges – Boy Erased
WINNER: Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody
John David Washington – BlacKkKlansman
Best film – drama
WINNER: Bohemian Rhapsody
If Beale Street Could Talk
A Star Is Born