Golden Globes: From George Clooney to Kevin Spacey, the Most Emotional Speeches

The 72nd annual awards were filled with tears, father-son love and a "I cannot believe I f—ing won"

The 72nd annual Golden Globes were high on emotion Sunday night.

Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez wore her feelings on her sleeve after receiving the award for best actress in a TV series, musical or comedy, for her first season on the show.

"This award is so much more than myself," the Latina actress said, holding back tears. "It represents a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes.”

The CW also went home happy, as Rodriguez’s win is the network’s first-ever Globe after earning its first nom this year.


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House of Cards’ Kevin Spacey did not hold back on filtering his elated speech for winning best performance by an actor in a TV series, drama. After eight Golden Globe nominations, Spacey was awarded his first win — and he wanted everyone to know how he felt about it. 

This is the eighth time I've been nominated,” Spacey said before being bleeped. “I cannot believe I f—ing won."

The actor continued his speech by speaking emotionally of a conversation he had with late director Stanley Kramer. “Your films will stand the test of time and will influence filmmakers for all time.”


The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) awarded George Clooney with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the annual awards show for his contributions to the entertainment world. The 10-time Golden Globe nominee (he has three performance wins) utilized his time onstage to share his love for wife Amal and support for both press freedom and the French people.

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“It’s a humbling thing when you find someone to love,” Clooney said staring at his wife, adding “even better if you’ve been waiting your whole life. Amal, whatever alchemy it is that brought us together, I couldn’t be more proud to be your husband.”

Clooney, who sported a "Je suis Charlie" button on the red carpet, closed his speech with support for press freedom in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks. “Today was an extraordinary day. There were millions of people that marched not just in Paris, but around the world. They were Christians and Jews and Muslims. They were leaders of countries all over the world and they didn’t march in protest; they marched in support of the idea that we will not walk in fear,” Clooney said, closing with, “Je suis Charlie.”

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Birdman star Michael Keaton accepted his award for best actor in a comedy and shed some tears while making his acceptance speech.

After thanking the HFPA, Keaton expressed his gratitude to his Birdman director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and shared his love for his son.

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“My best friend is kind, intelligent, funny, talented, considerate, thoughtful. Did I say kind?” Keaton said before the tears began to roll. “He also happens to be my son, Sean. I love you with all my heart, buddy.”

The awards show was hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for the third consecutive year.