Why is it that people say the Golden Globes are more fun to watch than the Oscars? It has to have something to do with the way they conduct things. It's not considered as prestigious to have as the Oscars, perhaps, but that's why the ceremony isn't as stuffy, either. Instead of rows, you have celebrities sitting in tables with their peers—chatting, drinking and eating the entire time. Some of them probably got drunk.
Which is also why there are plenty of opportune moments for memorable antics. Here are seven of the best moments from last Sunday's award show, complete with video.
Ricky Gervais references Extras
Ricky Gervais hit the stage drinking beer, playfully antagonizing the guests by telling them that just because they're celebrities doesn't mean they don't have to behave and quiet down. Delivering a mini stand-up routine, Ricky was edgy yet hilarious. There was even a cool moment for Gervais fans, when he congratulated Winslet’s Best Supporting Actress win for The Reader by referencing her cameo on an episode of Extras. “I told you, do a Holocaust movie and the awards come.”
Tina Fey Telling Internet Bashers to Suck It
As she won her Golden Globe for Best Actress on Television, Tina Fey made many people’s dreams a reality. Who among us hasn’t dreamt of telling anonymous internet haters to go suck it on a prestigious platform? I know the day I win a Pulitzer I’m going to instruct DwayneDeth_88, who said my Live Free or Die Hard review was “retarded,” on how to properly suck my pipes. Unlike mine, though, Tina Fey’s internet bashers actually exist.
Sacha Baron Cohen’s Madonna Joke
Presenting The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’s Best Picture nomination video, Sacha started with insulting people in the audience by saying they look younger as they get older, as a reference to Benjamin Button. Not content with just that, he then made a joke about how the recession is affecting even celebrities. “Even Madonna has had to get rid of one of her personal assistants. Our thoughts go out to you Guy Ritchie." The best thing about the joke? The audience’s horrified reaction—a mix of laughter and boos—and the subsequent shot of Sandra Bullock shaking her head disapprovingly.
Darren Aronofsky flipping off Mickey Rourke
Mickey Rourke’s Best Actor underdog win for The Wrestler was a great moment for Rourke fans, especially when the favorite to win the award was Sean Penn for Milk (which, just a few days ago, won the Critic’s Choice). True to his rep, Rourke then gave a heartfelt speech that rattled the censors, even calling director Darren Aronofsky a “tough son of a bitch.” The camera then shifted to Aronofsky's reaction, obviously not expecting the director to give Mickey a brotherly middle finger at that moment. On the West Coast broadcast, this small portion of his speech was blacked out because of the gesture.
Tracy Morgan’s Crazy Acceptance Speech
Apparently, Tina Fey made a deal with resident loony Tracy Morgan that if Barack Obama won the election, Tracy Morgan would get to speak for 30 Rock from then on. Apparently, Tina Fey knows how to invent good television. Speaking on behalf of the show, Morgan did his usual crazy man shtick live as Tina Fey stood behind him, feigning regret. He then baffled the entire audience and millions watching by declaring, "I'm the face of post-racial America. Deal with it, Cate Blanchett!" Brilliant?
Scorsese giving Spielberg his award
Love him or hate him, Steven Spielberg has been a pivotal force in American cinema for the past 4 decades, his vast body of work cementing their place in modern pop culture. To present him the Cecil B. DeMille award, who else was worthy enough to do so than his contemporary, Martin Scorsese. The best part of his speech? Spielberg mentioned the history of mentorship among great filmmakers, how one passes knowledge along to another and therefore film culture lives on. Good show, Mr. Spielberg.
Kate Winslet forgets Angelina Jolie
She already won Best Supporting Actress for The Reader, but to then win Best Actress for Revolutionary Road, Winslet herself looked the most surprised and awed of all (that is, unless she’s really good at faking shock, which isn’t exactly out of the question). There was a cute moment when, stumbling onto the stage, shaking and overwhelmed by the double whammy, Winslet’s first words were “I’m so sorry!” Winslet apologized to the other nominees in the category and praised their work, but forgot one of the nominees and referred to her as “the other one.” She remembered a few seconds later, however, shouting Angelina’s name as the camera cut to a smiling Jolie, looking more amused than bitter.
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