Golden Globes: 10 Most Memorable Moments

8:31 PM 1/6/2019

by Rebecca Cohen and Jillian Forstadt

From Hollywood un-roasts to proposals and history-making wins, here are the standouts from the 2019 telecast.

Golden Globes co-hosts Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg kicked off the 76th annual awards show with a Hollywood-friendly roast, setting up a night filled with history-making and unexpected moments.

Bohemian Rhapsody and Green Book took the top film honors, with FX's The Americans and Netflix's The Kominsky Method winning for TV drama and comedy, respectively.

Apart from the reveal of all the winners, the show itself featured several memorable moments, from Maya Rudolph's proposal to co-presenter Amy Poehler in a send-up of the proposal at the 2018 Emmys to winner Christian Bale thanking "Satan" for inspiration for his performance as Dick Cheney in Vice.

Meanwhile, Carol Burnett accepted the inaugural award named in her honor, for lifetime achievement in television, from Steve Carell, while Sandra Oh and Rachel Brosnahan made history for their wins for Killing Eve and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, respectively.

The Hollywood Reporter recapped the best parts from the Golden Globes — including the opening monologue and the night's biggest wins. 

Tune in after for more of a recap at The Hollywood Reporter and Twitter's official aftershow live on Twitter

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  • Hosts Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh Roast the Nominees

    Unlikely pair Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh explained their places onstage immediately in their Golden Globes opening monologue: "We're the only two people left in Hollywood who haven't gotten in trouble for saying something offensive," Oh said. 

    After explaining how they've often been named as the two "nicest people in show business," the pair wanted to prove to the Hollywood audience that they had an edge to them and began a roast of the nominees in the crowd. But they couldn't quite shake their reputations: Samberg called Spike Lee "Mr. Do The Right Thing" and Oh told Bradley Cooper how hot he is. The hosts worked their way through the honorees, unable to finish a joke without spinning it positively. Though they did squeeze in a jab at the Oscars controversy.

    Samberg and Oh took hits at the movies and shows, getting better at their roasting craft. Oh joked that First Man is how Hollywood chooses directors, choosing men first, then maybe women down the line. Oh offered Pepcid to the cast of Crazy Rich Asians so they didn't get "Asian flush" and Samberg cracked that The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is the show that "makes audiences sit up and say, 'is this anti-Semitic?'"

    The funniest bit involved Jim Carrey, who is nominated in a television category at the awards show for the first time. "It's awkward because you're our hero, but we do have to ask you to move," said Samberg as Carrey was ejected from his spot in the film section. The Kidding actor picked up his plate and was shoved toward the back of the room, where he said live speech from the stage encounters a "delay."

  • Celebrities Get Flu Shots in Their Seats

    With drinks flowing and food on their plates, the only thing that Golden Globes hosts Samberg and Oh deemed missing from the festivities were flu vaccines. "We thought we'd mix it up and try something new," Oh said. "So roll up your sleeves Hollywood: you're all getting flu shots."

    To the sounds of "Shots" by rap duo LMFAO, a group dressed in white coats — all licensed nurses from the Rite Aid in Echo Park, according to Oh — descended into the audience. And to the celebrity anti-vaxxers in the crowd: "Just put a napkin over your head and we'll skip you," Samberg said.


  • Sandra Oh Wins While Hosting the Golden Globes

    Sandra Oh had to take a break from her role as host to accept her Golden Globes award for best actress in a television series, drama for her role in Killing Evebecoming the first Asian-Canadian and first actress of Asian descent to do so since the 1981 show, when Yoko Shimada won for Shogun.

    Oh also made Golden Globes history as the first person of Asian descent to host the awards show.

    This win makes her the second Golden Globes host to win an award while hosting, Amy Poehler being the other, winning for Parks and Recreation in 2014. 

    The actress was thrilled to be accepting her award and looked shocked when she took the stage. She went on to thank her parents and the show's creator, Phoebe Waller-Bridge. "Oh my god!" she screamed.

    During the co-host's opening monologue, Oh took a serious moment to address representation and the change happening in Hollywood. "I said yes to the fear of being on this stage tonight because I wanted to be here to look out into this audience and witness this moment of change," she said. "And I'm not fooling myself. Next year could be different, it probably will be, but right now, this moment is real, trust me it is real, because I see you and I see you, all of these faces of change and now so will everyone else."

  • "Shallow" Wins for Best Song

    The hit song "Shallow" from A Star is Born took home the gold for best original song. An emotional Lady Gaga and co-writer Mark Ronson accepted the Golden Globe. The other writers include Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt.

    Both Gaga and Ronson thanked director Bradley Cooper profusely. "You took a heartfelt, honest tune and you gave it emotional resonance that we could've only dreamed of," Ronson said. "The way you weaved the lyrics into the film and the narrative of your beautiful heartbreaking film is why we're standing up here tonight, I believe."

    Gaga noted that Cooper's direction is what made her a better actress in the film. She spoke of the song, calling it "counterculture" and adding, "It doesn't really fit into what you think of as a commercial song, yet still people connected with it and that meant a lot to us."

  • Steve Carell Presents First Carol Burnett Award to Carol Burnett

    This year's Golden Globes will go down in history as the first to offer a new award: the Carol Burnett Award. The award, which presenter Steve Carell explained, comes 66 years after the Cecil B. DeMille Award was created for lifetime achievement in film. This one, on par with its name, will honor lifetime achievement in television. 

    Carell called Burnett a "comedy legend" when explaining the award. "She is the most decorated person of all time in the Golden Globes television category, the first woman to win both the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and the Kennedy Center Honor," he said. "She was the first woman to host a variety sketch show on TV, The Carol Burnett Show, which ran for 11 years, averaged 30 million viewers a week, received 25 Emmy Awards and half-a-century later remains the gold standard for television comedy. Beyond that, Carol Burnett lives up to every expectation of you would hope Carol Burnett would be." 

    Before showing a video compilation of her acclaimed career, Carell continued to speak highly of the comedian, mentioning that others have even said that she makes Tom Hanks looks like an "asshole." 

    Upon accepting the inaugural award, Burnett herself reminisced on her childhood love of movies and television, and how she hoped she would one day join the actors and actresses she admired. She reflected back on her days on The Carol Burnett Show and how she daydreams "about being young again and doing it all over, and then I bring myself up short when I realize how incredibly fortunate I was to be there at the right time," noting how the show would never have been approved for air today. 

    "Today's audiences may never know what they're missing, so here's to reruns and YouTube," she joked. She finished her acceptance speech thankful of her entire cast and crew and of everyone who has been a part of her career and of the fact that she was given the gift of being on television at the right time. 

  • Regina King Makes Gender Parity Pledge

    Regina King made a gender parity pledge while accepting the award for best supporting actress in a film for Barry Jenkins' If Beale Street Could Talk. And she challenged other creators and people with power to follow suit. "Time's Up times two," King said to conclude her speech. "The reason why we do this is because we understand that our microphones are big and that we're speaking for everyone. I'm going to use my platform to say that in the next two years, I am making a vow and, it's going to be tough, to make sure that everything I produce is 50 percent women. I challenge everyone out there who is in a position of power, not just in our industry but in all industries, I challenge you to challenge yourselves and stand with us in solidarity and do the same."

    King called out Time's Up x2 during her rousing speech, which represents the next phase of the Time's Up initiative that was launched one year ago as a result of the #MeToo movement. Similarly, the #5050x2020 movement, calling for equal representation by the year 2020, began in late 2017. 

    This time last year saw the launch of the Time's Up initiative, which coincided with the call for women to wear black to the 2018 Golden Globes as a sign of solidarity with victims of sexual harassment. Stars wore Time’s Up pins at last year's show to support for the sexual harassment prevention initiative, which was launched by Shonda Rhimes, Reese Witherspoon, Emma Stone and other Hollywood women that same week. On Sunday's red carpet, Hollywood’s leading stars debuted new Time’s Up x2 wristbands and ribbons, following up the Time's Up pins worn last year.

  • Maya Rudolph Proposes to Amy Poehler

    In a send-up of the proposal at the 2018 Emmys, Maya Rudolph proposed to co-presenter Amy Poehler. 

    "I'm so sorry guys, I just, I have to do this," Rudolph proclaimed when they took the stage. "Amy, you're the love of my life. ... You've always been there for me," the comedian said with shaky hands and voice. "Amy Geraldine Poehler, will you marry me?" 

    A surprised Poehler was more concerned they were taking away from the next award. 

    "Don't worry, it's just best screenplay," Rudolph reassured Poehler.

    After an excited "yes!" from Poehler, the two nose-kissed and canoodled on stage ahead of the nomination announcements. 

    At the 2018 Emmys, after winning the award for best director of a variety special, Oscars helmer Glenn Weiss surprised the audience by proposing to his girlfriend, Jan Svendsen, from the stage. "You wonder why I don't like to call you my girlfriend? Because I want to call you my wife," Weiss said during his acceptance speech.

  • Christian Bale Thanks "Satan" for 'Vice' Inspiration

    After an expected Golden Globes win for his role as Vice President Dick Cheney in Vice, Christian Bale appeared onstage to thank his wife and his co-workers for his win, and to take a hit at the politician he played on the big screen. 

    He thanked his director, Adam McKay, who told Bale, "I've got to find somebody who can be absolutely charisma-free and reviled by everybody" to play Cheney, to which Bale responded he will be on the market to play other "charisma-free assholes." 

    "What do you think? Mitch McConnell next?" Bale asked a cheering crowd. But he wasn't done there. 

    "Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration on how to play this role," Bale finished up. 

  • 'Mrs. Maisel' Star Rachel Brosnahan Makes History With Repeat Win

    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Rachel Brosnahan made Golden Globes history on Sunday night as the first woman to repeat a win in the best actress in a comedy or musical category. 

    After thanking her family, Brosnahan praised the village that it takes to make the show happen, calling out the women behind the Amazon comedy. "Our village is a matriarchy," the star exclaimed. 

    Maisel was also nominated for best television series, comedy or musical and Alex Borstein was nominated for best supporting actress in a comedy or musical for her role. Neither won this year, making Brosnahan's win the only repeat for the show. 

  • 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Sweeps Best Actor and Best Picture

    The Freddie Mercury biopic won over the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, winning back-to-back awards and beating out A Star Is Born for the night's biggest category. 

    Rami Malek won for best actor in a dramatic film. Malek thanked the "gorgeous" Freddie Mercury, to whom he dedicated the award, and the members of Queen, pointing to musicians Brian May and Roger Taylor in the audience, for "ensuring that authenticity and inclusivity exists in the music and the world and in all of us." 

    Moments later, the movie’s team appeared onstage to accept the award together, another unexpected win of the night. Producer Graham King thanking all involved in the creation of the production. He then gave a special shout out to Malek and ended the night with a special message: “Finally to Freddie Mercury: Thank you for showing the power of embracing your true self. This one’s for you.”