Golden Globes: 10 Most Memorable Moments

8:47 PM 1/8/2017

by Jennifer Konerman and Patrick Shanley

From Meryl's speech to the infamous 'Hidden Fences.'

Jimmy Fallon joked about a technical glitch, Mariah Carey's New Year's flub, and of course, Trump, during his appearances while hosting the 74th annual Golden Globes. 

After a La La Land-themed musical number with pal Justin Timberlake, Tina Fey, Nicole Kidman, Amy Adams and more A-listers, the host poked fun at a problem with the TelePrompTer. 

But as the show went on, the nominees (and later winners) themselves became the highlights of the night, from Meryl Streep's powerful speech about the post-Trump era to a young Lion star stealing everyone's hearts, and a funny presentation from Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig about terrifying tales from their childhoods. 

Below see the show's most memorable and most talked about Golden Globes moments. 

  • 'La La Land' Musical Number

    In his opening number, Fallon was joined by his pal Justin Timberlake and several dancers on the Golden Globes red carpet for a La La Land-inspired performance. 

    With cars lined up on the red carpet, Fallon left his limo joined on the carpet by Nicole Kidman, Amy Adams, Sarah Paulson and more A-listers. With nods to Stranger Things, Game of Thrones and USA hacker drama Mr. Robot, Fallon met with nominees and stars along his way down the carpet into the show. 

    The music slowed down toward the end as Fallon performed his own version of La La Land's song "City of Stars" with Ryan Reynolds on the piano whistling along. 

    Fallon's pal Justin Timberlake even appeared, shutting down past Globes host Tina Fey's moment in the spotlight. 

  • Meryl Streep Bashes Trump, Accepts Cecil B. DeMille Award

    Meryl Streep accepted the Cecil B. DeMille award for "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment" during Sunday's Golden Globes. The legendary actress took the opportunity to thank her fellow artists and also fire some shots at president-elect Donald Trump. 

    Streep cited the Trump press conference in which the now-president-elect publicly mocked The New York Times' Serge Kovaleski, a disabled reporter. "There was nothing good about it, but it did its job," said Streep. "It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I still can't get it out my head because it wasn’t in a movie; it was in real life. That instinct to humiliate when it's modeled by someone in a public platform, it filters down into everyone's life because it gives permission for others to do the same."

    The Florence Foster Jenkins star, who lost out on the Golden Globe for best actress in a musical or comedy to La La Land's Emma Stone, also spoke about diversity in Hollywood. "But who are we, and what is Hollywood anyway? It's just a bunch of people from other places," Streep explained while referencing her own New Jersey upbringing, and the varied backgrounds of such stars in attendance as Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Viola Davis, and Ruth Negga. "Where are their birth certificates?" she quipped.

  • 'Hidden Fences'

    Many announcers had trouble with the titles of two films on Sunday night: Hidden Figures and Fences

    The two films, one starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae, and another starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, twice throughout the night's broadcast were confused with one another, and thus: Hidden Fences was born. 

    On the red carpet before the awards show began, NBC's Jenna Bush Hager made a snafu, calling the film Hidden Figures "Hidden Fences."

    Later, while presenting the award for best supporting actress in a film, The Founder's Michael Keaton called Fox's Hidden Figures "Hidden Fences" once again. 

  • 'Lion' Star Sunny Pawar Wins the Audience's Hearts

    The young Lion star Sunny Pawar took the stage with his co-star Dev Patel at the Golden Globes, winning the hearts of the crowd and viewers at home. 

    As he smiled the whole way to the stage, Pawar and Patel made their way to the mic stand as the audience cheered and "awed," and viewers at home tweeted out their love for the 8-year-old actor. 

    Pawar simply stood smiling as Globe nominee Patel described Lion, nominated for four Globes going into the night. 

    He only spoke one line into the microphone (and Patel had to pick him up to reach it): "This is our movie, Lion!"

  • Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig Share Traumatic Childhood Memories of Animated Films

    While presenting the award for best animated feature film, comedians Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig reminisced about their first experiences seeing an animated film. 

    "I was six years old and my dad took me to see Fantasia," Carell told Wiig and the audience. He went on to relate how he left the theater to find his mother waiting in the lobby to tell his father she wanted a divorce. "I never saw my father again after that day," Carell added, struggling to hold back mock tears.

    Wiig recounted a similarly harrowing tale of animated woe, when she saw Bambi as a child. "March 14, 1981. The same day we had to put our dogs down," said Wiig. "Three of them. My grandpa thought it would be fun to go to the movie to take our minds off it but then, you know, Bambi's mom." 

  • Fallon Fights Through TelePrompTer Problems

    "Welcome to the Golden Globes! Already the TelePrompTer is down, so this is a great way to start the show," Fallon said, kicking off the show.

    "I could do impressions. What do we do here? I could think of something. Cut to Justin Timberlake please. Just wink at me or something," he joked as the technical problems were being fixed. 

    He finally just decided to wing it: "You know what, I’ll make up this monologue. "Already, you have your Golden Globes moment, already. It’s already like a GIF. I’m happy I didn’t trip."

  • Tribute to Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds

    Host Fallon introduced a heartfelt video montage meant to pay tribute to Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds during the show, calling their deaths a "terrible loss." 

    "This past year we lost so many legends and icons," Fallon said, "but a few weeks ago, we lost a mother and a daughter within just a couple of days, and it was a terrible loss that we all felt."

    A video montage dedicated to the mother and daughter featured clips from the actresses' memorable roles, including Star Wars, Singin' in the Rain and their latest HBO documentary Bright Lights: Starring Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher.

  • Ryan Gosling Isn't Ryan Reynolds

    In accepting his award for best actor in a comedy or musical, La La Land star Ryan Gosling ribbed his fellow nominee Ryan Reynolds. "This isn't the first time I've been mistaken for Ryan Reynolds," Gosling quipped. "It's getting out of hand. Ryan, there's obviously been a mistake but I'm up here. So, if you don't mind..."

    Gosling then thanked his costar Emma Stone, who also won, for best actress in a comedy or musical, and director Damien Chazelle, who also won for best director. "This belongs to the three of us," said Gosling. "I'll chop it up into three pieces if you want. I don't really want to do that because who would get what piece and no one wants the bottom and we'd fight over the top. It would tear us apart."

    On a more serious note, Gosling also thanked his wife Eva Mendes for her support while making the film and also dedicated the award to her late brother, Juan Carlos, who died in April of cancer.

  • Denzel Washington's Thumbs Up

    Fences star Denzel Washington gave best actor winner Casey Affleck the thumbs up after his acceptance speech at the Globes. 

    Affleck took home the award for best performance by an actor in a motion picture, drama for his role in Manchester by the Sea. In his speech, he thanked his family and Matt Damon for giving up the role so he could star in the film. 

    As the music played him off stage, Affleck added one more thing: "I remember years ago when Denzel Washington was on stage and got up here and said 'God is love' and um... well, I agree, I guess. Thank you, Denzel." 

    Washington (who was also up for the award) was seen giving his fellow actor a somber thumbs up

  • Amy Schumer Coaches Goldie Hawn

    Goldie Hawn got some help from her soon-to-be movie daughter while presenting at the awards show. 

    Trying to present the award for best actor in a comedy or musical (which went to Ryan Gosling for La La Land) Schumer kindly coached Hawn along, joking that Hawn forgot her glasses as she flubbed lines like "best comedy or mystical" instead of "musical" and the "most tainted men" instead of "talented men."

    As Hawn tried to read the speech, she flubbed a few lines as Schumer tried to help her along, even asking Hawn's husband, Kurt Russell, to throw up her glasses. 

    Schumer and Hawn will star together in Snatched, in which the two stars go on a mother-daughter trip to Ecuador, but the vacation goes awry when they get kidnapped.

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