There was a lot going on at the 2019 Golden Globes — the ceremony did run longer than three hours and 15 minutes. Great performances in film and television were honored, co-hosts Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh engaged in gentle banter, and a bunch of celebs got drunk.
Here are some of the highs, lows, and shocks of the very long night:
HIGH: Sandra Oh and her parents
Oh may not be the typical comedic personality who usually hosts awards shows, unlike her co-emcee Andy Samberg, but she brought a warmth and emotional depth to the show.
At the end of the opening number, she became teary as she said, “ In all honesty, I said yes to the fear of being on this stage tonight because I wanted to be here to look out into this audience and witness this moment of change. And I’m not fooling myself. I’m not fooling myself. Next year could be different. It probably will be. But right now, this moment is real. Trust me, it is real. Because I see you. And I see you. All of these faces of change. And now so will everyone else.”
Later, when she made history by winning Best Actress in a TV Drama, she thanked her parents, who were in the audience and have become their own social media darlings, by speaking in Korean and bowing.
HIGH: Glenn Close winning Best Actress
While many pundits believed Lady Gaga would (deservedly) take the prize, a visibly stunned Close heard her name called instead. This is Close’s first Golden Globe for a movie performance (she’s won twice for television roles) and it’s a strong indicator she may end up getting her very first Oscar after six nominations.
The iconic actress also cemented good will towards her with an emotional acceptance speech that received a standing ovation:
“I'm thinking of my mom who really sublimated herself to my father her whole life and in her 80s she said to me, 'I feel like I haven't accomplished anything.' And it was so not right, and I feel what I've learned through this whole experience is that women, we're nurturers. That's what's expected of us. We have our children, we have our husbands, if we're lucky enough, and our partners, whoever. But we have to find personal fulfillment. We have to follow our dreams. We have to say, 'I can do that and I should be allowed to do that.'"
LOW: The wins by ‘Green Book’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
Both movies have their fans, but the acceptance speeches were tone-deaf. For “Green Book,” director Peter Farrelly tried to explain how to fix racism. “All we have to do is talk and to not judge people by their differences, but to look for what we have in common,” he said.
As for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” executive producer Graham King made no mention of original director Bryan Singer nor alluded to the troubles that led Singer to be let go from the project. Backstage, he brushed off reporters’ questions about whether Singer shares in the award.
SHOCK: Emma Stone apologizes for ‘Aloha’
After Sandra Oh delivered a zinger about the whitewashing found in movies like “Ghost in the Shell” and “Aloha,” the latter’s star Emma Stone audibly shouted “I’m sorry” in the ballroom.
HIGH: Olivia Colman calls Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone “my bitches”
In her acceptance speech for winning Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical for “The Favourite,” Colman told her fellow actresses (both nominees), “Thank you the most muchly, my bitches.”
She added, “Every second of working with you girls was such a joy. So much fun. I was so sad when it finished.”
SHOCK: Christian Bale thanks Satan
Bale, who won Best Actor in a Comedy for “Vice,” joked about how he was the perfect person to play "charisma-free a--holes" like Dick Cheney (maybe he’ll do a Mitch McConnell biopic next?). He also said, “Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration on how to play this role."
Meanwhile, on Twitter, most people couldn't get over his heavy accent;
HIGH: Carol Burnett reminds us how it was done
Burnett took home a new television lifetime achievement award (to mirror the Cecil B. DeMille Award on the film side). And she used to the occasion to gently needle Hollywood about focusing on money instead of razzle dazzle. "I realize how incredibly fortunate I was to be there at the right time -- because what we did then we couldn’t do today,” she said. "The networks just wouldn’t spend the money… and today’s audiences would never know what they’re missing. So here’s to reruns and YouTube.”
HIGH: Jeff Bridges is so Jeff Bridges
The Cecil B. DeMille Award winner gave a rambling speech that managed to mention most of Hollywood, from his brother Beau to his longtime stand-in to the Coen brothers to Peter Bogdanovich. But Bridges is never not delightful, even when he's waxing at length. Even Harrison Ford, who presented after him, grumbled about following that act.
LOW: The flu shots
Who thought it was a good idea to send a bunch of fake medics into the audience with (we hope) fake flu shots? This bit flatlined from the first moment.
SHOCK: Patricia Arquette drops a bunch of F-bombs
Arquette’s acceptance speech for Best Supporting TV Actress in “Escape to Dannemora” cut out for at least 10 seconds, because the actress let loose a string of curse words. Here’s what she said after thanking the make-up artists on the limited series: “How many fucked up teeth does a person need? I was born with fucked up teeth!”
Later, backstage, she apologized. “It was an unplanned F-bomb. I’m very sorry. This is a very elegant occasion. Dental dramas are true. Trust me.”
HIGH: Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph’s “proposal”
Two of the funniest ladies in Hollywood teamed up for a funny callback to the proposal that occurred on stage at the Emmys in September. Hello, Oscars, hire them!
HIGH: Regina King’s stirring call to action
The winner for Best Supporting Movie Actress for “If Beale Street Could Talk” not only cut off the orchestra trying to play her off, she used the extra time to make a powerful vow — that every project she produces will comprise of 50 percent women.
“And I just challenge anyone out there, who is in a position of power, not just in our industry, in all industries, I challenge you to challenge yourselves and stand with us in solidarity and do the same,” she said.