The Golden Globes is the most lively, attention-grabbing and just plain fun gala ceremony in Hollywood’s awards merry-go-round – primarily because it’s the only one where alcohol is served.
Tinsel town’s elite are allowed to kick back in relaxed seating with a glass of champagne — or seven — and reflect on a year’s achievements, and tongues can loosen as the rich and famous get tired and emotional. Over the years, the Globes have produced quite a number of candid speeches and scandalous moments. Here we take a look at the most shocking moments of Golden Globes past.
Renée Zellweger’s ill-timed bathroom break
Zellweger was nowhere to be found after Hugh Grant announced her as the 2001 Golden Globe winner for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for Nurse Betty. It was only after Grant started accepting the honor on her behalf that the actress finally rushed on stage and admitted she had been in the bathroom taking lipstick off her teeth when her name was called.
Elizabeth Taylor slurs her lines on stage
It’s no secret that Taylor liked to indulge in cocktails. In 2001, the Hollywood legend was tasked with giving out the award for Best Drama Picture win and almost did just that before announcing the nominees. Thankfully, Dick Clark helped her out.
Ricky Gervais’s second hosting stint falls flat
After hosting the Globes in 2010, the British comedian was back at it the following year. During his opening monologue, he managed to offend Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Charlie Sheen, a certain famous Scientologist, and many more in less than five minutes. Even more shocking, Gervais was asked to return as host for a third time in 2012.
The Golden Globe Awards are canceled in 2008
During the Writers Guild strike in 2008, the HFPA was forced to cancel the awards ceremony after members of the Screen Actors Guild (a.k.a. Hollywood’s finest) pledged not to cross picket lines outside of the ceremony. With the threat of an empty red carpet, the awards were replaced that year with a televised press conference announcing the winners instead.
Jacqueline Bisset’s rambling acceptance speech
Jacqueline Bisset might have won her Golden Globe in 2014 for her role in Dancing on the Edge, but her best performance last year was by far her acceptance speech. A visibly moved Bisset made little sense throughout, while also dropping a couple of censored words and ignoring the cutoff music entirely. She even offered up some awkward advice before leaving the stage, saying: “I believe, if you want to look good, you’ve got to forgive everybody. You have to forgive everybody—it’s the best beauty treatment.”
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s take on Hollywood’s leading men
Fey and Poehler should teach a class (or at least Gervais) on how to host awards shows that make your audience laugh while simultaneously poking fun at them. Who can forget their memorable dig at George Clooney at last year’s awards? “Gravity is nominated for Best Film. It’s the story of how George Clooney would rather float away into space and die than to spend one more minute with a woman his own age.” Or this Leonardo DiCaprio joke, (at the 2:34 mark), which is too dirty to write out.
Bette Midler’s Golden Globes joke
It’s actually a bit surprising that no one else has made use of the easy “Golden Globes” pun since Bette Midler’s joke back in 1980.