It’s official: award season is on. That’s the good word after the Golden Globes kicked off the trophy-fuelled frenzy in Hollywood on Sunday night, with a show celebrating all the best in movies and television.
Jimmy Fallon presided over the night’s festivities with his usual big-eyed banter, with tons of new faces taking to the stage to accept hardware and A-List celebs presenting awards. There was star-gazing and glazing, flubs and snubs, and the typical highs and lows that always come with these types of shows. Need a refresher? We’ve hand-picked the best of the best of the night to remember now and for always.
Jimmy Fallon’s opening
There was no doubt that Jimmy Fallon would open the show with a musical bit of some sort, but his take on La La Land‘s open was pretty much perfect. With “cameos” from Amy Adams, Nicole Kidman, Kit Harington as a revived Jon Snow and lots and lots of Barb from Stranger Things, we couldn’t get enough. The best though? When Fallon bypassed Tina Fey for Justin Timberlake and a little bromance ensued. Also, JT did a perfect Fallon impression. Love, love, love.
The teleprompter going down
You know you’ve picked a seasoned host when he walks out to open the show, the teleprompter is completely down and he fills the silence with a few key quips until things are back up and running. Thank goodness. We all needed to hear Fallon’s take on how NO ONE will ever thank O.J. Simpson despite The People v. O.J. Simpson winning all the awards. And also how we’ll find out what it would have been like had King Joffrey lived on Game of Thrones when Donald Trump takes the office in a few days.
Billy Bob Thornton hates Bob Odenkirk
What do you do if you’re Billy Bob Thornton, you’ve just won a Golden Globe for a show that not a lot of people have actually watched (Goliath) and you have to make a speech? You make up a feud with Better Call Saul‘s Bob Odenkirk, of course. We still don’t really understand why he pretended to hate Odenkirk or what those two would ever possibly have to feud about, but that’s exactly the kind of weirdness that makes us love Billy Bob so.
Hugh Laurie’s political jab
We were all a little surprised that Hugh Laurie won a Golden Globe for his role in AMC’s The Night Manager. And we scratched our heads even more when he thanked the voters for letting him win the last ever Golden Globe. That joke made zero sense… until the punchline: “I don’t mean to be gloomy, it’s just that it has ‘Hollywood,’ ‘Foreign’ and ‘Press’ in the title.”
Touché, Hugh. Touché.
Michael Keaton making up movie titles
Remember that time Viola Davis won Best Supporting Actress for Hidden Fences, even though Hidden Fences isn’t a movie she was ever in? Only Michael Keaton could make the mistake of flubbing Hidden Figures — twice — and get away with it.
Ryan Gosling dedicating his award
Ryan Gosling probably had a lot of time to think about his acceptance speech for La La Land, since he was predicted by the masses to walk away with that win. So it was a little weird when he opened with a joke about being mistaken for Ryan Reynolds and how that gag was getting old. But then he (thankfully) went serious instead and thanked his wife Eva Mendes for allowing him to have the “best time” doing the film while raising their daughter, being pregnant with their second kid, and watching her brother battle cancer. The tear-jerking kicker? When he dedicated his win to the memory of Juan Carlos Mendez.
Steve Carell’s ‘Fantasia’ story
What happens when you team Steve Carell with Kristen Wiig and let them present an award together for animated film? The most depressingly hilarious presentation of the night. First Carell told Wiig all about his first experience with an animated move, Fantasia, and how after the movie his mother asked his father for a divorce. “That was the last time I saw my father,” Carell cried.
Then it was Wiig’s turn to recount the first time she saw an animated film: Bambi. “That was the day we put our dogs down,” she said. “Also it was the last day we saw our grandmother.”
Poor Zootopia. How were the movie creators supposed to accept their award after that?
Meryl Streep’s very Meryl Streep speech
Meryl Streep must have decided to be ironic when she began her acceptance of the Cecil B. DeMille Award by saying that she had lost her voice, because her speech was the loudest one of all. In her short time on stage she managed to build on what Hugh Laurie started and reminded everyone that “disrespect invites disrespect.” That “violence incites violence.” And that without “foreigners” like Amy Adams, Ryan Gosling, Dev Patel and more, Hollywood would cease to be what it is.
“Foreign… You belong to the most vilified segment…” she said in one part of her speech. “If you kick ’em all out you’ll have nothing to watch other than football and mixed martial arts, which are not arts.”
So how does one of the most famous actresses in the business end such an amazing speech? By sharing a quote that Princess Leia once told her: “Take your broken heart, turn it into art. Thank you, friend.”
Bows all around Meryl, bows all around.
Good luck to someone topping that next year.