Amy Poehler and Tina Fey opened the show together, taking jabs at many of the actors and filmmakers in the room, but in a way that was sweet enough that no one seemed offended. Their best moment? Their endorsement of Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow: “When it comes to torture, I trust the lady who spent three years married to James Cameron,” said Poehler. Zing!
Adele's Acceptance Speech
It’s always refreshing to see someone really freak out about their win. Adele, who recently dropped her latest release -- a baby -- high-fived 007 himself, Daniel Craig, and then melted down on stage while accepting the award for best song. “We’ve been pissing ourselves laughing,” the singer told the audience about how much she was enjoying her night.
Ben Affleck, 'Argo' Top Night
Ben Affleck didn’t mention being snubbed for an Oscar best director nomination when he took the stage to accept the Globe for best director. Affleck had a night of redemption by not only winning best director, but his film Argo taking the prize for best film, drama. Affleck’s mile-a-minute speech included thanking his WME agent, who stuck by him when he was a "nobody," a "somebody” and then "in a little bit of trouble” (remember Gigli?). His humble best director speech must have made some people wonder how great it would have been for him to have an opportunity to give another at the Oscars.
Bill Clinton's Surprise Appearance
The former POTUS got a long standing ovation when he took the stage to present Lincoln as a nominee for best picture, drama. “President Lincoln’s struggle to abolish slavery reminds us that enduring progress is forged in a cauldron of both principle and compromise. This brilliant film shows us how he did it and gives us hope that we can do it again,” he told the audience.
Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell Bring the Laughs
Saturday Night Live alums Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell turned it up a notch when they took the stage to present best actress in a comedy/musical. Their bit, in the vein of the "Garth and Kat" sketches Wiig did with Fred Armisen, was simple: Explain the five actress' characters, faking their knowledge of their nominated films. That included butchering Meryl Streep's name, with Wiig calling her Muriel instead and Ferrell looking around the stage haphazardly. The only person unamused by the duo's bit (Hugh Jackman was having a grand old time)? Tommy Lee Jones.
HFPA President Gets a Little Awkward
"Will the cameras please scan the room so the world out there can enjoy the greatest talent in television and cinema?” said Aida Takla. No, apparently they can’t. The HFPA president’s speech started out awkward, and continued like that all the way through. She tried to be funny and a bit crass, but her effort went unappreciated.
Catherine Zeta-Jones Bursts Into Song
Catherine Zeta-Jones opened up her presentation of Les Miserables, which is nominated for best picture, comedy or musical, by singing “Do You Hear the People Sing?” While Zeta-Jones has a musical background and proved her singing talent with Chicago, this little performance was an awkward reminder that starring in 2012’s Rock of Ages does not qualify you to take a stab at a song from Les Mis. Ever.
When Salma Hayek and Paul Rudd returned to the stage, they were left out in the cold. The teleprompter failed, so the two stars were left standing onstage without their lines, prompting Rudd to say, “Hello, how is everybody doing?” The screen then jumped to the nominees for best TV series, drama, which Homeland won.
Jennifer Lawrence Makes Some Risky Jokes
“I beat Meryl,” the Silver Linings Playbook star said when she took the stage to accept her award for best actress, musical or comedy. We’re pretty sure she was referencing a line from First Wives Club, but it’s a risk to joke aboutacting royalty Meryl Streep in any way, shape or form. Lawrence also made a nice little jab at producer Harvey Weinstein, thanking him for “killing whoever you had to kill to get me up here." With her blunt ways and dry humor, here's to hoping that Lawrence gets to give a couple more speeches this season.
Jodie Foster Says It All
While accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award, Jodie Foster delivered a stirring speech about privacy and longevity in Hollywood. "I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago,” the actress told the crowd, emphasizing how important privacy is to her. In a long and meandering speech, the actress mentioned that she’s single, but also thanked her former longtime partner, Cydney Bernard, with whom she raises sons Charles and Christopher Foster, both of whom were in attendance and beaming with pride as they watched their mother deliver her remarks.
Lena Dunham, 'Girls' Win Big
Lena Dunham gave two adorable speeches during the show, one when she won best TV actress, comedy, and another when Girls won for best TV series, comedy. Proving her pop culture prowess, Dunham even ended her speech with a reference to 2000 Oscars. "I also promised myself that if I ever got this chance, I would thank Chad Lowe,” she wrapped up, referencing Hilary Swank’s slip-up when she forgot to thank her then-husband during her Oscar win for Boys Don't Cry.