Stars, awards and alcohol... a winning combination!
- Megan Lynn, BettyConfidential.comYou know how every year around the holidays, countless articles pop up warning you about the dangers of "indulging" too much at your office party? Well, the Golden Globes are proof that no one in Hollywood reads Cosmo in December, because come each January, TV and film stars alike gather to get dressed up, congratulate one another, and as many of the following moments indicate: drink. But what's their equivalent of hooking up with the accounting guy in the copy room? Check it out!
"Deal with it, Cate Blanchett"After accepting the award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series, 30 Rock executive producer Tina Fey let co-star Tracy Morgan do the talking for their series' big win in 2009. It was a dangerous proposition given, say, what he did on this Texas morning show but boy did it pay off. Morgan, 41, became an instant Globes classic when he declared: "Welcome to post-racial America! I am the face of post-racial America. Deal with it, Cate Blanchett!"
Winners in the WC
Unlike the Oscars, where we imagine all entrances and exits from the theatre are planned by handlers hours in advance, the Golden Globes allow guests to roam freely. Which is why you often see celebs fraternizing out of commercial breaks, leaning over to talk to folks at nearby tables and, what with the champers and such, making quick trips to the loo. Of course - one finally understands the need for handlers when a just-announced winner is in the ladies' room. And that's exactly what happened to both Christine Lahti in 1998 and Renée Zellweger in 2000. We'd pity them, but it all worked out in the end.
In 2007, what should have been a wonderful night for the cast and producers of Grey's Anatomy was marred by Isaiah Washington's insistence on digging his homophobia scandal hole deeper and deeper. Prior to the show, the actor - then known as confident cardiologist Preston Burke - bizarrely alluded to the controversy (the rumor was that he called T.R. Knight a f-- ot, and Patrick Dempsey fought him over it), saying "I love gay. I wanted to be gay. Please let me be gay." Then, with the entire cast in the Globes press room celebrating their win for Best TV drama, the issue came up again. So Isaiah took to the mic and denied the incident entirely. "No, I did not call T.R. a f-- ot. Never happened.'' Umm... OK. Congrats?
The Best Revenge
Mary-Louise Parker, just two months off her breakup with Billy Crudup (ahem, Claire Danes) and two weeks past giving birth to their child, not only won a Golden Globe in 2007 for her work in Angels in America - she won it in style. The unabashed new mom said in her acceptance speech, "[West Wing co-star] Janel Moloney told me she would give me $1,000 if I thanked my newborn son for how good my boobs look in this dress. So get out your checkbook.'' Or, to put it in cruder terms: Face, Billy Crudup. Have fun never really living up to your promise.
The Artist Currently Known as Late
Listen, you guys. There's a lot of traffic in Los Angeles. So when a person isn't on hand to accept their Golden Globe, it's not always because they're off on location, or protesting commercialism, or in the bathroom. Sometimes it's because they're circling the Beverly Hilton looking for parking. But hey - if such a fate befalls you, or, for example, Prince in 2008 - wouldn't you want someone cool onstage to accept your award for Best Song from Happy Feet on your behalf? Someone like Justin Timberlake, who, after an awkward pause in which he thinks you might appear in your purple gloriousness, says thank you while gently mocking your height? We say yes. Then again - we've seen the video:
The Odd Couple
After winning the Golden Globe for his portrayal of Don King in 1998, Ving Rhames bequeathed the statuette to 12 Angry Men actor Jack Lemmon in an emotional and touching tribute that had half the audience in tears, saying: "Stanislavski said, 'Love the art in yourself, not yourself in the art.' And I love the art, and all of you here... Is Mr. Jack Lemmon here? Would you please come up here, sir? I feel that being an artist is about giving, and I'd like to give this to you Mr. Jack Lemmon." For real, you guys - in this post-Kanye-interrupting-Taylor world, Ving and Jack make 1998 look like the '50s. You have to see it.
As Good as He Gets
There's a reason Jack Nicholson is in the front row at every Hollywood event: he's kinda crazy. Winning Best Actor for his role in As Good As it Gets in 1998, Jack alluded to Christina Lahti's earlier bathroom snafu, spoke to his fellow nominees via his rear end Ace Ventura-style, and warned the crowd he'd now been given another decade to misbehave. But really - would we have our Jack any other way?
Brad's Tummy Troubles
Cheer up, men of the world: Brad Pitt has fears. And he probably puts his pants on one leg at a time too. Taking home the 1995 Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor, a nervous Brad had his priorities straight, telling the audience, "I'd like to thank the makers of Kaopectate. They've done a great service for their fellow man." It'd be TMI, if he wasn't so cute.
Special video bonus: Check out who he's with! Isn't it hard nowadays to imagine him pre-Brangelina?
Dames Gone Wild
Maybe Elizabeth Taylor needs to hold on to her lucky white diamonds, just for awards shows. The actress, who presented 2001's biggest prize, Best Motion Picture Drama, almost ruined the evening with an early reveal, had to be pointed in the way of the teleprompter, and joked - "I'm new at this. I usually like to get them." Was she drunk? Just unrehearsed? We don't care. We could hear her proclaim "GLAAAADiator" with glee, time and time again.
All Things Ricky Gervais
When he won in 2004 for The Office (you know. The original one), Ricky Gervais quipped: "I'm not from these parts. I'm from a little place called England. We used to run the world before you," and an awards show star was born. Last year, as a presenter, he wondered -- why no gag reels in holocaust films? And now, as this year's host, he's said of the increasingly ratings-challenged show, "I like doing things where I don't know if it'll enhance my career, or end it." Ricky is pretty much the check your seriousness at the door and get ready for a delightfully inappropriate evening essence of the Globes. Here's hoping that he inspires everyone to create some more crazy moments.
Who do you want to see win a Golden Globe this year?
TV and internet writer Megan Lynn lives in glamorous North Hollywood, CA, with her husband and terrier mix, and requires that all potential friends pass the Veronica Mars test.
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