If the Academy Awards are the wedding day of movie awards, then the Golden Globes are the bachelor party. The earlier, wilder awards show held by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has a reputation for rowdiness, partly due to the invaluable presence of free alcohol, but also due to the fact that it's simply not quite the Oscars. From the most unruly to the truly profound, we look back at 22 of the most unforgettable moments in Globes history.
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And the Winner Is ... in the Bathroom (1998)
It's the moment actors dream of. But when Michael J. Fox read Christine Lahti's name as winner of Best Actress in a Drama (TV), the 'Chicago Hope' star was nowhere to be found. Running to the podium, she laughingly confessed, "I was just flushing the toilet and someone said, 'You won,' and I thought they were joking!" We love her good humor about it, but our question is, did she wash her hands?
The First Telecast (1964)
Though the first Globes ceremony was held in 1944, it would be 20 years before one would be televised -- as part of NBC's 'The Andy Williams Show.' But not all went smoothly: Best Actress Shirley MacLaine's acceptance speech for 'Irma La Douce' was abruptly cut off by a commercial break. She probably would've preferred the orchestra.
Best Best Picture Presentation Ever (2001)
Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor knows movie acting -- but TelePrompters are an entirely different matter. The spunky actress couldn't get the words out right when announcing the Best Picture award. We're not sure if she forgot to wear her glasses or if her confusion was caused by some other ... malady. We want to give her the benefit of the doubt, so we'll say that her difficulty in navigating the titles was a mechanical error. Yeah, that's it.
Merry and Gay (2007)
In the wake of the news that Isaiah Washington used an anti-gay slur against his 'Grey's Anatomy' co-star T.R. Knight -- prompting Knight to come out as a gay man -- Washington denied all claims during an infamous backstage press conference, by ... well, using the f-word. Knight's pal Katherine Heigl came to his defense, but the mood remained awkward and Washington's Dr. Prescott Burke was exiled from Seattle Grace soon after.
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Oliver Stone: Just Getting Started (1979)
Think legendary conspiracy theorist/filmmaker Oliver Stone hasn't always been a loose cannon? During his speech when he won a Best Screenplay Globe for 'Midnight Express,' Stone launched into a tirade against the U.S. government for its anti-drug policies. Over boos from the audience, host Chevy Chase could be heard advising him, "Just say 'thank you' and leave the stage.'" Stone did leave -- but not until security guards approached.
A Handful of Scarlett (2006)
Openly gay E! correspondent Isaac Mizrahi raised eyebrows when he famously got a handful (and then some) of Scarlett Johansson at the '06 Globes, blatantly fondling the actress' left breast while interviewing her on the red carpet. Though Scarlett laughed off the incident -- blushingly exclaiming "What's going on!" -- she later called it "in poor taste." We completely agree, but that doesn't make it any less entertaining.
We Smell a Rat Pack -- and Whiskey (1958)
Journalists from the Hollywood Foreign Press used to present the awards until 1958, when a bored Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. stormed the stage, whiskey glasses and cigarettes in hand, and played host for the rest of the show. The crowd loved it -- and so did the HFPA, enough to invite them back the next year. Why'd they do it? 'Cuz they're the damn Rat Pack, baby.
Can't Buy Love (1982)
Pia Zadora launched her big-screen career in the B-movie 'Santa Claus Conquers the Martians,' so when she won 1982's Best New Star of the Year Globe for her performance in 'Butterfly,' cynics (and realists) concluded that her billionaire hubby Meshulam Riklis had bought the award with a massive ad campaign and expensive trips for members of the HFPA. So, we guess her magnate husband also bought her the Worst Actress and Worst New Actress Razzies later that year, for the same movie? Take that, haters.
Her Own "Golden Globes" (1980)
Bette Midler's double-win speech (Best Actress for 'The Rose' and Best New Female Star) started off innocently enough: "I am very surprised ..." blah blah blah. Then it got interesting. She said she was "reminded of when Joan Crawford won her Golden Globe and said [cupping her breasts], 'I'll show you a pair of Golden Globes!'" Though Midler credited Crawford for the innuendo, the line has been linked to the 'Rose' actress ever since.