Six notable moments from Sunday night’s awards show
Published: Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 00:01
It’s not often one finds Bill Clinton, Tina Fey, Steven Spielberg, Jodie Foster, Jennifer Lopez, Anne Hathaway, Ben Affleck and many more Hollywood A-list celebrities in one room, but Sunday’s 70th annual Golden Globe awards provided just that occasion.
For many college students, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Golden Globe Awards can, ironically enough, seem incredibly foreign.
As the association collects nominations for the awards in November and December of 2012, many films and television series that win are relatively new.
There were 25 Golden Globes awarded to Hollywood’s finest Sunday, with "Argo" snagging best motion picture in a drama and "Les Miserables" taking the award in the best comedy/musical category.
The awards won may not be the most exciting aspect of the Globes, though. The laughter and the witty exchanges between celebrities made this awards show worth watching, so here are the six most enjoyable, hilarious moments of the night’s proceedings.
1. Anytime real-life best friends and comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were on the stage together, hilarity ensues.
These two have a knack for cracking the audience up every time they speak, and they did just that Sunday evening.
With witty and raunchy but friendly jabs at celebrities and lines such as, "This next presenter is so good-looking he makes young George Clooney look like garbage ... Welcome, middle-aged George Clooney!" Fey and Poehler nailed hosting this awards show.
2. Jodie Foster’s acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille award was incredible and anything but normal. Although she officially came out previously, she began her speech as if she was prepared to do so again but instead declared she was single.
The most touching part of Foster’s speech was directed toward her mother, who she recognized may not be able to communicate and understand as well as she used to, which brought tears to some members of the audience.
"Jodie Foster was here, and I still am," Foster said. "I want to be seen, understood very deeply and not to be so lonely."
3. Taylor Swift’s death stare toward Adele when she beat Swift for best original song was perfect. The innocent-looking Swift didn’t look so innocent when Adele beat her for best original song in a motion picture with "Skyfall." During Adele’s acceptance speech, the camera panned to Swift, showing her angry expression. Those camera people have got to be on their toes to catch looks like that, and they performed perfectly in this instance.
4. The amount of gorgeous middle-aged men at the show was simply divine. You’ve got Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper, Denzel Washington, George Clooney and Brad Pitt in the same room. What more could you ask for?
5. Bill Clinton’s presentation of Spielberg’s "Lincoln" was powerful but still laced with humor. Bill Clinton discussed the legacy of Abraham Lincoln Sunday evening and the "steely resolve and necessary compromises that Lincoln mastered to preserve the Union." Clinton acknowledged Lincoln’s fight to abolish slavery required the president to make a lot of unsavory deals. "I wouldn’t know anything about that," Clinton said.
6. Shockingly, Lena Dunham beat out both hosts, Fey and Poehler, for best performance by an actress in a television series – musical or comedy – for her role in HBO’s "Girls."
Dunham thanked her fellow nominees for "getting her through middle school and mono" during her acceptance speech, and she said those women have been role models for her. After a commercial break, Fey and Poehler appeared on stage with glasses seemingly holding liquor. "Well, at least we got you through middle school," Poehler said.