Golden Globes: 10 Memorable Moments From the Show

9:22 PM 1/7/2018

by Rebecca Cohen and Kara Haar

Seth Meyers took on Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein, Oprah Winfrey delivered a powerful speech, Sterling K. Brown made history, and James Franco declined to let Tommy Wiseau speak.

From the very beginning of host Seth Meyers' scathing monologue to Oprah Winfrey's unforgettable acceptance speech, the 75th annual Golden Globes was packed with unforgettable moments.

In case you missed it, The Hollywood Reporter compiled a list below of the most memorable moments from the show, which took place Sunday night at the Beverly Hilton.

Tune in after the telecast for The Hollywood Reporter and Hollywood Foreign Press Association's official aftershow, live on Twitter.

  • Seth Meyers Delivers Scathing Opening Monologue

    "Good evening, ladies and remaining gentlemen!"

    Host Seth Meyers did not hold back in his Golden Globes opening monologue. Before picking on Hollywood's low moments of 2017, Meyers noted that 2018 is looking up since "marijuana is finally allowed and sexual harassment finally isn't." Meyers continued to make fun of the male half of Hollywood, commenting that Sunday night is the first time in three months it wouldn't be terrifying for male stars to hear their names read aloud. 

    "They really tried to get a woman to host," Meyers explained, but after learning they would be judged by all of Hollywood in a hotel, they all opted out, landing Meyers this role. 

    "I'm a man with absolutely no power in Hollywood," Meyers reminded us. 

    Following some jabs at North Korea, Donald Trump and Harvey Weinstein, and much praise for the Hollywood Foreign Press, Meyers opened the floor to the audience, having them help carry out the punchline of some prepared jokes. His former Weekend Update co-star, Amy Poehler, also had something to say on the matter, accusing Meyers of "mansplaining" his bit and carried out her punch line on her own. 

    Meyers closed his speech hoping for the first two presenters to be anything but straight white men, and to his relief, they weren't. 

  • Sterling K. Brown Becomes the First Black TV Drama Series Actor Winner

    Sterling K. Brown won his first Golden Globe, for best performance by an actor in a TV drama series, for his role as Randall Pearson on NBC’s hit series This Is Us. The actor also is the first African-American to win in this category in the 75-year history of the show. He immediately thanked his wife, Ryan Michelle Bathe, after giving Oprah a shout-out from the front row. The actor continued to thank his kids and the fellow cast members.

    Brown then paid thanks to the show’s creator, Dan Fogelman. He said in the past color-blind casting benefited him in getting roles but but was appreciative of Fogelman for “writing a role for a black man.”

    “And so, what I appreciate so much about this is that I’m being seen for who I am, and being appreciated for who I am. And it makes it that much more difficult to dismiss me, or dismiss anybody who looks like me,” said Brown.

  • Elisabeth Moss Quotes Margaret Atwood in Her Acceptance Speech

    "We no longer live in the gaps between the stories. We are the story in print, and we are writing the stories ourselves."

    Elisabeth Moss secured her second best actress award for her role as Offred in Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, beating out Caitriona Balfe (Outlander), Claire Foy (The Crown), Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Deuce) and Katherine Langford (13 Reasons Why). 

    While she took time to thank her Handmaid's Tale cast and crew, Moss focused her acceptance speech on those in support of the Time's Up movement and encouraged others to join the cause. 

    She paid tribute to the story's creator, Margaret Atwood, by reading a quote from the author: "We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank, white spaces on the edge of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories."

  • James Franco Declines to Let Tommy Wiseau Speak on Stage

    The actor won the Golden Globe for best actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy, for his role as Tommy Wiseau in the Disaster Artist. The Disaster Artist is a film about the making of Wiseau’s film, The Room, which has grown to become one of the most legendary so-bad-it’s-fun cult classics of the last few several years. Franco directed the film and stars in it alongside his younger brother, Dave Franco.

    After hearing his name called as the winner, Franco brought Dave onstage to join him. He yelled into microphone and invited Wiseau to the stage as well. Wiseau approached the stage with his trademark long black hair and sunglasses but didn’t speak as Franco gently pushed him away from the microphone.

    Franco continued to read from his iPhone in Wiseau's accent and also thanked Disaster Artist co-star Seth Rogen as his “longest friend in entertainment,” his mother and his brother. “Thanks to my mother for giving him to me,” Franco said.

  • Kirk Douglas Presents With Catherine Zeta-Jones

    Kirk Douglas took the stage with his daughter-in-law, Catherine Zeta-Jones (who is married Douglas' son Michael) to present the best screenplay motion picture. At 101 years old, the actor, producer and director has starred in more than 90 films, including Spartacus (1960) and The Champion (1949).

    Jones addressed Douglas’ role in ending Hollywood blacklisting in the middle of the last century. He hired those who were on the list and forced to not work in Hollywood again.

  • Guillermo del Toro Stops the Play-Off Music After Winning Best Director

    The seasoned director claimed his first win at the Golden Globes for his feature film The Shape of Water, beating Martin McDonagh for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Christopher Nolan for Dunkirk, Ridley Scott for All the Money in the World and Steven Spielberg for The Post.

    When the music started to play mid-speech, Del Toro asked for more time: "It took me 25 years, give me at least a minute." Per his request, the music lowered and the director was able to finish his first acceptance speech. 

  • Oprah Winfrey Gives Powerful Speech Accepting Cecil B. DeMille Award

    Oprah Winfrey delivered an inspirational speech about change and truth after accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award. She is the first black women to be honored with this award since it was first handed out in 1952. 

    Winfrey began her speech with a story of when she was a little girl in 1964 watching the Academy Awards. She heard Sidney Poitier was the winner for best actor. "I'd never seen a black man being celebrated like that,” Winfrey said.

    "It is not lost on me that at this moment, there are some little girls watching as I become the first black woman to be given the same award. It is an honor and it is a privilege to share the evening with all of them,” she added.

    Oprah thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for bestowing her with the honor. “I value the press more than ever before as we try to navigate these difficult times. What I know for sure is speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have,” she said.

    She told another story of a woman named Recy Taylor who was sexually assaulted by six white men and threatened to be killed if she spoke out. Taylor died 10 days ago without justice. "I want all the girls watching here and now to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say 'Me Too' again."

    Her speech ended with the crowd standing in ovation, many with tears in their eyes

    Reese Witherspoon, who worked with Winfrey A Wrinkle in Time, presented her with the award followed by clips of her achievements.

  • Amy Sherman-Palladino Asks for Backstage Cheese After 'Maisel' Acceptance Speech

    After The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel won best TV musical or comedy, creator Amy Sherman-Palladino accepted the award with a not-so-surprising speech expressing her gratitude toward all who work on the show. 

    She did close, though, with a promise to go backstage to the waiting reporters, where she was hoping she could get some cheese, as she asked the audience if there would be any behind the curtain. 

  • Natalie Portman Takes a Jab at All-Male-Nominees Director Category

    Natalie Portman called out the lack of female nominees in the best directors category at the Golden Globes.

    “And here are all the male nominees,” she said before introducing the five men up for the award.

    Portman presented the award with Ron Howard. The nominees were Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water, Martin McDonagh for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Christopher Nolan for Dunkirk, Ridley Scott for All The Money in the World and Steven Spielberg for The Post. Del Toro took home the award.

  • Frances McDormand Delivers Fiery Acceptance Speech

    Frances McDormand won the award for best actress in a motion picture, drama, for her role as Mildred in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. 

    "Well, I have a few things to say," McDormand said as she started her acceptance speech. ”I'm gonna keep it short, because we've been here a long time and we need some tequila. All you ladies in this category ... tequila's on me."

    Other nominees included Jessica Chastain (Molly's Game), Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water), Meryl Streep (The Post) and Michelle Williams (All the Money in the World).

    McDormand thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and joked she is still unsure of who they are. "I'm still not quite sure who they are when I run into them, for the last 35 years, but I love seeing their faces and, let's face it, they managed to elect a female president."

    McDormand addressed the Time's Up movement, saying, "Some of you may know, I keep my politics private, but it was really great to be in this room tonight. ... Trust me, the women in this room tonight are not here for the food. We are here for the work."