Sandra Oh tears up during opening monologue
Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg’s lighthearted opening monologue would’ve made our list anyway because it was truly a delight. But then the Killing Eve star took it to the next level while explaining why she agreed to cohost the Globes and acknowledge “this moment of change.” “I’m not fooling myself,” she said. “Next year could be different. It probably will be. But this moment, it is real. Trust me, it is real because I see you…all of these faces of change, and now so will everyone else.”
Andy Samberg's Les Moonves callout
“And now here with a surprising unrehearsed takedown of [disgraced former CEO and chairman] Les Moonves is the cast of The Big Bang Theory,” said Samberg before the hit CBS sitcom’s stars Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, and Jim Parsons took the stage to present the award for Best Actor in a TV Drama. Awkward for them, hilarious for everyone watching at home.
Regina King's inspiring acceptance speech
The If Beale Street Could Talk star didn’t waste her time at the podium! When she took the stage to accept the award for Best Supporting Actress, she pledged to make sure everything she produces over the next two years will be made up of 50 percent women. Her promise comes days after the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative released research showing that there was a decline in the number of female directors in the 100 top-grossing films of 2018.
Carol Burnett is honored with the new Carol Burnett Award
This year, the Golden Globes introduced the new Carol Burnett Award, a TV lifetime achievement award and the equivalent to the Cecil B. DeMille Award. Of course, Burnett was the first recipient, and she used her acceptance speech to reflect on the legacy of The Carol Burnett Show and what made it so unique. “Sometimes I catch myself day dreaming about being young again and doing it all over. But then I bring myself up short when I realize how incredibly fortunate I was to be there at the right time because what we did then, it couldn’t be done today,” she said. Then, she went on to pay tribute to the medium as a whole. “What has remained the same for every person who is lucky enough to be on television is the belief that we’ve been given an opportunity to do something special, we’ve been granted a gift, a canvas to paint without talent, one that can make people laugh or cry, or maybe do both. So this award, oh my gosh so generously named after me, is dedicated to all those who made my dream come true, and to all those out there who share the love I have for television and yearn to be part of this unique medium that has been so good to me.”
Maya Rudolph proposes to Amy Poehler
This shouldn’t come as surprise, but legendary funny women Maya Rudolph and Amy Poehler received some of the biggest laughs of the night when they took the stage to present. They began with a humorous bit about the most memorable supporting actor lines like “Hey, wait up,” “You gotta take it easy, Joe,” and “Those aren’t my babies!” But the best moment came when Rudolph, taking a shot at the viral marriage proposal that went down at the 2018 Emmy Awards, popped the question to Poehler right before presenting the Best Screenplay award to Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, and Brian Currie for Green Book. Did their bit upstage the actual award? A bit, but it was worth it.
Patricia Clarkson reminds everyone what good — and appropriate — directing is
Accepting the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Limited TV Series, the Sharp Objects matriarch delivered quite the Times Up reminder when she made a point to thank director Jean-Marc Vallée: “You demanded everything of me, except sex, which is exactly as it should be in our industry.”
Christian Bale thanks an unlikely person in his acceptance speech
During his cheeky acceptance speech for Best Actor in a Comedy, Bale gave a shout-out to the devil himself for helping him play Dick Cheney in Vice. “Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration on how to play this role,” said the former Batman. He also joked that he thinks he may take a stab at playing Senator Mitch McConnell next because he wants to corner the market on playing “charisma-free assholes.” Zinger!
The first footage from HBO's Watchmen
Okay, yes, this wasn’t technically part of the Golden Globes broadcast, but it was still notable. During the commercial break, HBO released a first look-filled commercial that featured tantalizing footage from Damon Lindelof’s highly anticipated and mysterious adaptation of Watchmen. There was the Rorshach mask, Jeremy Irons, and more police officers in yellow masks! Honestly, we have no idea what any of this means, but we’d be lying if we said we didn’t get hyped when Irons ominously proclaimed, “It has only just begun.”
Every time the camera cut to Sandra Oh's parents
Oh’s parents, who beamed with pride each time the camera cut to them, absolutely stole the show! Plus, they also witnessed their daughter make history. By winning Best Actress in a TV Drama for her role in Killing Eve, Oh became the first Asian performer to win multiple Golden Globes.
Poeher and Rudolph’s faux proposal wasn’t the only shot taken at past award shows. Cohosts Oh and Samberg also included their own mid-show celebrity gift gag. However, instead of delivering pizza or presenting everyone with lunch boxes, the emcees performed a true public service and had people in white coats come out and offer stars flu shots as the LMFAO’s “Shots” blasted throughout the ballroom. Whether or not those shots were real remains to be seen (they probably weren’t), but the gimmick was hilarious just because of how silly it was.