The prize: Creepiest On-stage Award Show Moment
The contenders: presenter Jamie Foxx and surrogate Golden Globe statuette accepter Quentin Tarantino
It was a tight race this year, but these two frontrunners emerged early on in the show—back to back, conveniently.
Foxx took to the stage to present the award for Best Original Film Score. Beside him, Lady Rose MacClare (Downton Abbey represent! Or something…) Known in real life as Lily James, Foxx kept insisting that this onstage moment was the first time the two had met. Nothing odd about that. It’s just that he kept repeating it, hinting that it was some sort of inside joke, to the point where it felt…uncomfortable. Was it something the pair had been riffing on backstage or a case of awkward and aggressive public flirting (made all the more awkward by the fact that Foxx’s daughter was standing just a few feet away and is likely roughly the same age as James)? Or could they have been alluding to the (false) rumour that Foxx had previously harangued James for a date on a film set late last year?
It turns out that none of that mattered because when the award went to Ennio Morricone for Tarantino’s Hateful Eight, the director, accepting on behalf of the absent 87-year-old composer, out-awkwarded the competition by a spaghetti-western mile.
Praising Morricone as his favourite composer of all time, the director made a huge misstep: “When I say favourite composer,” blathered Tarantino, “I don’t mean movie composer, that’s ghetto. I’m talking about Mozart. I’m talking about Beethoven. I’m talking about Schubert.”
Yep. He said “ghetto.” And here’s the face nearly everyone made in response:
— What’s her face (@Ceee_Teee) January 11, 2016
Even Foxx rallied from his own awkward moment to comment on the gaffe. “Ghetto?” said the actor, eyebrows raised, after retaking the mic to introduce Miss Golden Globe (his daughter Corinne).
And the award goes to Mr. Tarantino.
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