The long-awaited yet simultaneously dreaded weeks leading up to the Academy Awards are always a trip for the film community. As people scramble to catch movies on their awards radars and get in their final predictions, some award show announcements rush in to confuse the heck out of everybody. The Golden Globes are no different. One of the few awards shows where stars and producers from television and film unite in one room, or as ex-host Amy Poehler once said, where “the beautiful people of film rub shoulders with the rat-faced people of television”, the show is usually full of strange and wonderful moments, and this year was no exception. Here are some of the most memorable moments from this year’s Golden Globes:
Olivia Colman calling Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone her bitches
The award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy deservedly went to Olivia Colman for her role in The Favourite. Colman was the picture of adorable shyness as she fumbled through her acceptance speech, thanking director Yorgos Lanthimos and her co-stars Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz whom she hilariously referred to as “my bitches”.
There can be a hundred people in the room…but there’s only one Lady Gaga
Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh kicked off the show with a hilarious monologue in which they tried to roast some of the celebrities in the room. To the chuckles of the crowd, Oh spoofed the now famous mantra Lady Gaga has repeated all throughout her public appearances while promoting A Star Is Born. When Oh and Samberg began repeating “there can be a hundred people in the room and 99 don’t believe in you…” Gaga amusingly yelled “It’s true!” from her seat.
Emma Stone’s apology
After introducing Crazy Rich Asians, Oh cheekily reminded everyone that the film is the first major studio production with an Asian lead, in the process referencing Ghost in the Shell and Aloha, two whitewashed films with originally Asian protagonists, to which Emma Stone — who starred in Aloha — responded by loudly yelling “I’m sorry” across the room.
Regina King’s win and special announcement
In one of the most anticipated categories of the evening, Regina King won the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for If Beale Street Could Talk. During her acceptance speech, King thanked director Barry Jenkins (and even dubbed him Sir Barry) and gave a shout out to her son, who was her date for the evening. King then brought up last year’s Time’s Up movement and vowed to make sure that her productions within the next two years include 50% women.
Sandra Oh’s heartfelt bit about hosting
At the end of the opening monologue, Oh got serious and explained why she agreed to host the awards ceremony, commenting on how she wanted to be a part of “this moment of change,” a nod to the diversity of this year’s nominations.
Parents of the year
Not only did she make history as the first person of Asian descent to host the Golden Globes, Oh continued to inspire when she won the award for Best Actress in a TV Series Drama for Killing Eve, also becoming the person of Asian descent to win multiple Golden Globes. Oh’s parents, who were seated in the crowd, applauded their daughter’s recognition, and in one of the most heartwarming moments of the evening, the actress thanked her parents in Korean and bowed to them, leaving us in tears.
The inaugural Carol Burnett Award
In addition to the Cecil B. DeMille Award — which this year went to Jeff Bridges — the Hollywood Foreign Press Association established the Carol Burnett Award to honour actors and actresses with extraordinary contributions to Television. A wonderful, wonderful move on the HFPA’s part, the inaugural award went to the woman herself, the ever-towering comedy queen that is Carol Burnett.
Christian Bale thanks Satan in his English accent
When Christian Bale won for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for Vice, many people (read: we) were surprised when the actor started speaking in a heavy English accent. Despite his many award-winning performances, the actor’s accent somehow seemed to escape many people (really, it’s just us). As if his speech couldn’t get more confusing, Bale also thanked Satan for providing inspiration for his role as Dick Cheney.
And here’s our favourite…
Glenn Close tearfully honours her mother’s unfulfilled life
In one of the final categories of the evening, everyone – including the actress herself – was utterly shocked when Glenn Close won the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for The Wife, upsetting favourite Lady Gaga. Still, Close’s win was an earned one and garnered a rightful standing ovation from the crowd. The 71-year-old actress was graciously celebrated her fellow nominees in her tearful speech, where — recounting a story about her mother’s lack of personal accomplishment — she spoke about the importance of finding personal fulfillment as a woman.