The Golden Globes are one of the first major awards shows of the season, and they’re widely regarded as a pretty raucous party that’s significantly more informal than the Oscars. And although the Globes have a much smaller voting pool with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, it nevertheless has some real implications for later awards ceremonies, including the Academy Awards. But most importantly, the alcohol flows freely, and there’s never a shortage of exciting, funny, and even poignant moments.
10Stellan Skarsgard Thanking the Man Who Made His Fake Eyebrows
Stellan Skarsgard is one of those actors who is in practically everything and is legitimately good in everything he does but is so rarely recognized for his work. The fact hasn’t gone unnoticed by the actor, and he has a theory. When accepting the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Movie, he joked that because he has very light eyebrows, it’s difficult for audiences to gauge his emotions. So he went on to thank Daniel Parker, the man responsible for creating his fake eyebrows for “Chernobyl.” Well, it’s more original than thanking your agent, anyway!
9Taron Egerton’s Win for “Rocketman”
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that absolutely no one had campaigned more this awards season than Taron Egerton for “Rocketman.” Shaking hands, kissing babies: the man has been everywhere for the past few months. So it was gratifying to see his work pay off, especially considering how strong his performance is and what a class act he’s been during the entire press tour for the film. And he ACTUALLY sings in “Rocketman!”
8The Surprise Win for Ramy Youssef
If you haven’t been watching “Ramy” on Hulu, the show about a Muslim-American man navigating a balance between his social life and his religion, don’t worry: you’re not the only one. So it was a massive shock when its star Ramy Youssef won for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Series, beating out the likes of Bill Hader and Michael Douglas. Youssef gave an utterly charming acceptance speech, thanking God and Hulu, and poking fun at his total obscurity, saying, “I know you haven’t seen my show. Everyone’s like, ‘This is an editor!'” before admitting that even his own mother was rooting for Michael Douglas.
7Brad Pitt Dipping Into “Titanic” Controversy
Brad Pitt was every inch a classic Hollywood star when he went up to give his very gracious acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actor in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” He gave us a fun new nickname for Leonardo DiCaprio (LDC) and some good advice about being kind to people. But most importantly, he weighed in on the eternal “Titanic” debate about whether Rose is selfish for not making room for Jack on the floating door, saying, “Still, I would have shared the raft.”
6Phoebe Waller-Bridge Being…Well, Phoebe Waller-Bridge
We were treated to two speeches from the “Fleabag” actress, one in which she paid special tribute to Andrew Scott, a.k.a. Hot Priest, saying that everyone spoke about how great their chemistry was, but that “Andrew could have chemistry with a pebble.” In her second speech, she cheekily brought up the scene in the first season of “Fleabag.” This is when her character famously masturbates to an Obama speech, saying, “I would like to thank Obama for putting us on his list personally, and as some of you know…he’s always been on mine.”
5Ansel Elgort Singing an Off-Key Intro to Best Original Song
Presumably, this choice was made to give everyone a sneak preview of the new “West Side Story” remake coming out later this year in which Elgort stars. But it backfired tremendously, creating one of the genuinely cringeworthy moments of the broadcast. Is it saving grace? The uncontrollable, embarrassed laughter from his fellow presenter, Dakota Fanning. Same, girl. Same.
4Sacha Baron Cohen Burning Mark Zuckerberg to the Ground
The “Borat” star didn’t have a lot to say at the Golden Globes this year, but he made it count. While introducing “Jojo Rabbit” as one of the films nominated for Best Musical/Comedy, he landed one truly perfect zinger, saying, “The hero of this next film is a naive, misguided child who spreads Nazi propaganda and only has imaginary friends. His name is Mark Zuckerberg.”
3Michelle Williams’ Speech on Women’s Rights
When Michelle Williams won for her performance as Gwen Verdon in “Fosse/Verdon,” she took the opportunity to express gratitude for having been born in a country and a time when she could make choices for her own body and decide when she was going to have children, noting its impact on her career. She then went on to speak directly to women, saying, “When it is time to vote, please do so in your self-interests. It’s what men have been doing for years, which is why the world looks so much like them. Don’t forget: we are the largest voting body in this country. Let’s make it look more like us.”
2Bong Joon-Ho Urging Audiences to Embrace Subtitles
Director Bong Joon-Ho brought a translator up to the stage with him when accepting the Best Foreign Language Film award for “Parasite.” With her assistance, he spoke about the value and universality of stories in languages other than English. “Once you have overcome the one-inch tall barrier of subtitles,” he said, “you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.” No more of this “I hate reading” nonsense!
1Tom Hanks Accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award
Tom Hanks is truly America’s sweetheart, and it’s difficult to imagine any actor receiving universal goodwill from both Hollywood and the country at large than him. When he went up to accept a lifetime achievement award, he was characteristically earnest and humble. Looking out into the audience and seeing not only a crowd full of people giving him a standing ovation but his own family in the front row, he choked up several times during his speech. And when Tom Hanks cries, so too cry all of us. We would listen to Hanks talk about Hollywood and filmmaking and family all day long, and his few moments on stage were the most genuinely touching of the entire broadcast.