Thursday 17 January 2019

The downright weird and the truly wonderful - it's the Golden Globes 2018 best bits

Tommy Wiseau on stage with James and Dave Franco at the Golden Globes
Tommy Wiseau on stage with James and Dave Franco at the Golden Globes
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

With an all-black red carpet and the issue of sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood on everyone's minds we were expecting a pretty dour affair for Sunday night's Golden Globes.

And while the red carpet was indeed predominantly black (some gals didn't get the memo), and there was 'shade' thrown regarding pay inequality and misogyny, there were some stand out funny, and moving, moments.

Here's the best of them:

Seth Meyer's opening monologue

We're used to the likes of Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais gleefully ripping the audience to shreds but in light of recent events this year's host, Seth Meyers, had his work cut out for him to strike the right tone.  He didn't hold back.

"For the male nominees here tonight, this is the first time in three months it won't be terrifying to hear your name read out loud. 'Did you hear about Willem Dafoe?' 'Oh, god no!' He was nominated! Don't do that!" he joked.

Here's his full opening monologue:


Debra Messing calling out E!

Will & Grace star Debra Messing called out entertainment channel E! on pay inequality on the red carpet - during an interview with E! presenter Guiliana Rancic.

“We want diversity, we want intersectional gender parity, we want equal pay,” she told Rancic.

“I was so shocked to hear that E! doesn’t believe in paying their female co-hosts the same as their male co-hosts. I mean, I miss Catt Sadler. We stand with her and that’s something that can change tomorrow. We want people to start having this conversation that women are just as valuable as men.”

Messing was referring to former E! host Catt Sadler (43)who left the network in December after she discovered her male co-host Jason Kennedy (36) was beiing paid 'double' her salary.


Oprah Winfrey's Cecil B de Mille Award acceptance speech

It was riveting from the moment she opened her mouth and spoke about being a little girl in her mother's house in Milwaukee in 1964 and watching Anne Bancroft present the Oscar for Best Actor to Sidney Poitier.

She also spoke movingly about the late Recy Taylor.

“In 1944, Recy Taylor was a young wife and a mother. She was just walking home from the church service she’d attended in Abbeville, Alabama, when she was abducted by six armed white men, raped, and left blindfolded by the side of the road coming home from church. They threatened to kill her if she ever told anyone, but her story was reported to the NAACP, where a young worker by the name of Rosa Parks became the lead investigator on her case.

“And together they sought justice. But justice wasn’t an option in the era of Jim Crow. The men who tried to destroy her were never persecuted. Recy Taylor died 10 days ago, just shy of her 98th birthday. She lived as we all have lived, too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men. For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men, but their time is up.

“Their time is up. Their time is up. And I just hope — I just hope that Recy Taylor died knowing that her truth, like the truth of so many other women who were tormented in those years and even now tormented, goes marching on. It was somewhere in Rosa Parks’ heart almost 11 years later when she made the decision to stay seated on that bus in Montgomery. And it’s here with every woman who chooses to say ‘Me too’ and every man, every man who chooses to listen.


Natalie Portman took a pop at the all male Best Director nomninees


James Franco gets awkward with Tommy Wiseau

Franco, who plays Wiseau in The Disaster Artist, brought him on stage but then pushed him a way from the microphone before Wiseau could utter a word.  Awkward!

"Woah, woah, woah, woah!" he declared as he pushed Wiseau back.  He then spoke for him, "Nineteen years ago he was stuck in traffic from the Golden Globes.  He siad to his best friend Greg, 'Golden Globes, so what?  I'm not invited, I know they don't want me, a guy with accent, long hair, so I show them.  I don't wait for Hollywood.  I make my own movie."

That movie was The Room, widley lauded as the worst film ever made, the making of which is the subject of The Disaster Artist.


Nicole Kidman in another awkward kiss moment

Speaking of awkward, Nicole Kidman managed another awkward kiss on Sunday night.  At the Emmys last year Nicole generated a little buzz when she kissed Big Little Lies co-star Alexander Skarsgard on the lips to congratulate him on his win, as husband Keith Urban looked on.  At the Globes she kissed Urban, but they missed and then tried again and it was just all kinds of awwkard.

"When my cheek is against yours, everything melts away, and that is love," she said in her speech, which was actually pretty moving.


Kendall Jenner's presence

People were wondering why model and Keeping Up with the Kardashians star Kendall Jenner was present.  Did that Pepsi ad get nominated for something?  No, of course not.  She was actually a guest of Moet & Chandon.

Kendall Jenner attends The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)


Mariah Carey's live tweeting

Mariah Cery live tweeted her way through the night and she was on fire.  She took the mick out of herself regarding her apparent demand for tea during her New year's Eve performance on Times Square in one tweet while another saw her fangirling over Meryl Streep.


Guillermo Del Toro demanded more time for his acceptance speech

The director was having none of it when the orchestra started playing during his Best Director speech.

The 53-year-old filmmaker was awarded Best Director of a Motion Picture for helming 'The Shape of Water' - his first Golden Globe - at the ceremony at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, but while he was in full swing the orchestra started playing, so he asked them to stop.

"Lower the music. It's taken 25 years. Give me a minute. Give me a minute."  The audience clapped in agreement and he continued, "I want to mention a few fantastic women sitting on this table. Sharon, Nancy, Ofelia, Sally, Kimmy and Vanessa. Without whom I wouldn't be here."


The Irish wins

Saoirse delighted the nation when she bagged the Best Actress, Comedy or Musical gong for Lady Bird while Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri bagged four - Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actress, Drama for Frances McDormand and Best Supporting Actor for Sam Rockwell.

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