But for those moments in the telecast that may have raised some questions for viewers at home, The Hollywood Reporter has answers.
Who is Leelah Alcorn?
Transparent creator Jill Soloway referenced Alcorn in her acceptance speech for best comedy. The transgender teen from Ohio committed suicide last month. “This award is dedicated to the memory of Leelah Alcorn and too many trans people who die too young,” Soloway said. “And it’s dedicated to you, my trans parent, my moppa. You’re watching at home right now. I just want to thank you for coming out because in doing so, you made a break for freedom, you told your truth, you taught me how to tell my truth and make this show. And maybe we’re going to be able to teach the world something about authenticity and truth and love. To love.”
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Accepting the award for best actor in a TV series, drama, Spacey said: “This is just the beginning of my revenge. This is the eighth time I’ve been nominated. I cannot believe I f—ing won.”
Why did Ricky Gervais want to avoid a “John Travolta moment”?
With drink in hand, Gervais took to the stage to present best actress in a comedy or musical and made the comment in reference to Annie star Quvenzhane Wallis, saying he had practiced pronouncing her name to avoid messing it up. At last year’s Oscars, Travolta famously flubbed Idina Menzel‘s name, calling her “Adela Dazeem.”
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Who was Wes Anderson thanking in his speech?
The director’s film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, was named best comedy or musical. After saying he was not going to thank his many frequent collaborators or stars (and then preceded to list them), Anderson instead said he was going to thank the many people in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who made his win possible. He then went on to muddle his way through a list of foreign names, surely mispronouncing many of them, as the audience laughed. Were they real? It appears at least some of them are actual members, according to this handy list Vulture compiled ahead of the show.
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Why did everyone seem to be sweating?
Edie Falco was spotted fanning herself, and several presenters and winners could be seen sweating onstage. In fact, one male attendee got so hot he passed out during the show, and paramedics were called. Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Theo Kingma said the man passed out because he was too hot sitting under the lights up front. Still, other attendees said they didn’t notice any unusual elevation in temperature. Perhaps it was just all the pressure getting to the nominees.