Tuesday 6 December 2016

10 most talked-about Globes moments

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 13/01/2016 | 07:00

Meadhbh McGrath
Meadhbh McGrath

Generally considered the tipsier, rowdier cousin to the Oscars, the Golden Globes never fail to entertain. From Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling's banter to Lady Gaga's emotional speech, here are the biggest moments:

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1 This year's presenter pairings were particularly well-cast - viewers couldn't get over the double dose of eye candy when Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling took to the stage, while Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence made a play to host next year's show. But the best presenter segment had to be Eva Longoria and America Ferrera, who reminded everyone that they are not the Latina actresses they often get confused with - a nod to the Globes mixing up Gina Rodriguez and Ferrera during the nominations announcements.

2 When you ask Ricky Gervais to host an awards show, you pretty much know what you're going to get. However, there were some worthwhile moments - his introduction of Matt Damon as "the only person Ben Affleck hasn't been unfaithful to", and Damon's attempt to stifle his laughter, was one of the funniest jokes of the night.

3 Accepting the Best Original Score award on behalf of Ennio Morricone, Quentin Tarantino both mistakenly said Morricone - a two-time Globe winner - had "never won an award for any one individual movie" and called film scoring "ghetto". Luckily, Jamie Foxx was on hand to deliver some on-stage shade, simply uttering the word "ghetto" as Tarantino made his exit.

4 Taking his cue from his Parks and Recreation co-star Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari had a hilarious prop ready for his cut-away as the nominees for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy were read, holding up a book titled "Losing to Jeffrey Tambor With Dignity". Gael Garcia Bernal ended up scooping the award for Amazon's Mozart in the Jungle.

5 In a delightful reference to her character on Empire, Taraji P Henson handed out cookies as she accepted her award for Best Actress in a Drama Series, and then told off the producers for trying to play her off as the music began to swell: "Please wrap? I've waited 20 years for this, don't tell me to wrap it up. You're gonna wait!"

6 Sylvester Stallone seemed genuinely touched by his Best Supporting Actor win. "I'm going to try not to get emotional," he said as he took to the stage after a standing ovation. However, Sly forgot to thank his Creed director Ryan Coogler, and rushed back onstage to do so.

7 During the post-show press conference, Jennifer Lawrence hit out at a foreign reporter for reading a question off his phone: "You can't live your whole life behind your phone, bro," she said. "You just can't do that. You gotta live in the now." Fans usually love J-Law's no-filter approach to interviews, but this response was just plain rude.

8 In one of the more uncomfortable encounters of the night, Gervais took shot after shot at Mel Gibson, riffing on the Braveheart star's anti-Semitic outbursts, until Gibson himself came out to kick off a seemingly endless exchange of insults by saying: "I love seeing Ricky every three years, because it reminds me to get a colonoscopy." The unscripted moment reached an awkward bleeped-out crescendo.

9 From the sleaziness of Gervais's bit with Gibson to the classiness of Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington: Washington picked up the Cecil B DeMille Award for lifetime achievement, and was so excited he forgot both his speech and his glasses.

10 Our favourite reaction of the night was Leonardo DiCaprio getting spooked by Lady Gaga as she strutted past to collect her award. Later, Leo received a standing ovation for his Best Actor win for The Revenant. Afterwards, as he hugged his Titanic co-star Kate Winslet, everyone made the exact same joke: "I'll never let go, Jack!"

Irish Independent

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