Golden Globes 2016: 10 Most Talked About Moments
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 all the biggest moments from the night.
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 together to introduce The Big Short, while Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence made a play to host next year’s show. But the best presenter segment of the night had to be Eva Longoria and America Ferrera, who took the opportunity to remind everyone that they are not the Latina actresses they often get confused with - a nod to the Golden Globes mixing up Jane the Virgin star 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. Unsurprisingly, the star and co-creator of The Office turned out to be exactly the host we were expecting him to be : less than ten minutes into the show, he managed to fit in a Roman Polanski child molestation joke, as well as an uncomfortable fixation on Caitlyn Jenner in his opening monologue. However, there were some worthwhile moments – his introduction of The Martian star 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 for The Hateful Eight on behalf of Italian legend Ennico Morricone, Quentin Tarantino both mistakenly said Morricone – a two time Globe winner – had “never won an award for any one individual movie” at a US awards show, and called film scoring a “ghetto”. Luckily, Jamie Foxx was on hand to deliver some on-stage shade by simply uttering the word “ghetto” as Tarantino made his exit.
4. Taking note 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, but this was definitely the best visual joke of the night.
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. “Last time I was here was 1977… and the view is so beautiful now.” He concluded his speech by saying: “Most of all, I want to thank my imaginary friend Rocky Balboa for being the best friend I ever had.” However, many viewers were disappointed Stallone didn’t thank his co-star Michael B Jordan and Creed director Ryan Coogler, but apparently he rushed back on stage and did, although it didn’t make it on to TV.
7. Lady Gaga’s win was another highlight – as an audience member yelled “Werk, Gaga!” and Cate Blanchett clapped enthusiastically for the American Horror Story: Hotel actress, Leonardo DiCaprio got spooked when she strutted past, making a series of delightful facial expressions, each one more hilarious than the last.
“This is one of the greatest moments of my life,” Gaga began, thanking Ryan Murphy and the show’s cast. “You're my family forever. […] Because of you, I was able to shine, I guess. So thank you for sharing your talent with me. I wanted to be an actress before I wanted to be a singer, but music worked out first.” However, not everyone was pleased with The Countess’s win – her performance has been divisive to say the least, and many critics and fans were outraged Kirsten Dunst didn’t win for her role in Fargo’s second season.
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.
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. In one of the sweetest moments of the night, he was joined by his family, including wife Paulette who quipped “Do you need your glasses?”
10. Another standing ovation came later in the show for The Revenant star Leonardo DiCaprio. After winning the Golden Globe for Best Actor, Leo reunited with fellow winner Kate Winslet, and everyone made the exact same joke:
A surprise Best Picture win for The Revenant – beating frontrunner Spotlight - means this year’s Oscar race is one of the most unpredictable in years.