Golden Globes classic moments


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Frank Sinatra

Feb. 22, 1958
Cocktails in hand, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. rush the stage and hijack the show.

March 11, 1964
During the first televised ceremony, Shirley MacLaine is cut off by a commercial break during her acceptance speech for winning best motion picture actress (musical/comedy) for "Irma la Douce."

Feb. 28, 1966
Dean Martin's introduction of Cecil B. DeMille Award recipient John Wayne is so disjointed, Wayne thanks Martin for taking time out from his New Year's Eve party to present the award.

Alfred Hitchcock

Feb. 6, 1972
DeMille recipient Alfred Hitchcock offers a unique description of his job: "You simply say to an actor, 'Come in that door and walk across to the middle of the room.' And then you say to the actress, 'Come in this door and walk across to the middle of the room.' You tell the actress to kick the actor in the groin, and then you call, 'Lunch!' "

Jan. 28, 1974
Emcee Steve Lawrence pushes the envelope with a pedophilia joke about the most popular movie of 1973. " 'The Exorcist' is frightening everybody," he quips. "Even George Jessel is giving up 12-year-olds."

Jan. 27, 1979
A lack of TV coverage (it's the last time the ceremony isn't broadcast) and an abundance of booze leads host Chevy Chase to exclaim, "This audience is loaded to the gills!"

Jan. 26, 1980
A double winner for motion picture actress (musical/comedy) and new star of the year (female), both for "The Rose," Bette Midler shakes her breasts at the audience and proclaims, "I'll show you a pair of Golden Globes!"

Laurence Olivier

Jan. 29, 1983
DeMille recipient Laurence Olivier's theatrical speech cracks up both the audience and his statuette, as a mistimed arm gesture sends it crashing to the floor and splitting in two.

Jan. 31, 1987
Most of Marlee Matlin's speech for winning best actress (drama) for "Children of a Lesser God" is in sign language, but she gets a big laugh when she points to her interpreter and jokes, "I'm not much of a speaker. He is."

Jan. 28, 1989
Tom Hanks references wife Rita Wilson in thanking the HFPA for his best actor (comedy/musical) win for "Big": "I married a Greek babe, so I know what it means to have affection for foreigners."

Jan. 21, 1996
Along with Bruce Willis, director Terry Gilliam and girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow, Brad Pitt thanks Kaopectate in accepting his Globe for best supporting actor for "12 Monkeys." Later, he tells a journalist, "I have a nervous stomach, and it works."

Jack Nicholson

Jan. 18, 1998
As he accepts the best actor (comedy/musical) Globe for "As Good as it Gets," Jack Nicholson pays tribute to fellow nominee Jim Carrey's Ace Ventura character by turning his back to the audience, bending over and delivering part of his speech through his rear end.

Jan. 18, 1998
Christine Lahti makes the mistake of taking a restroom break minutes before winning the best actress in a TV series (drama) Globe for "Chicago Hope." Says Lahti: "I was just flushing the toilet and someone said, 'You won!' "

Jan. 24, 1999
Lahti gets the last laugh when she steps onstage to introduce Miss Golden Globe with a piece of toilet paper stuck to her shoe.

Jan. 21, 2001
Presenter Elizabeth Taylor makes everyone nervous when it appears she is opening the envelope to announce the winner for best motion picture (drama) before reading the nominees. Producer Dick Clark saves the day with a few quick stage directions.

Scarlett Johansson

Jan. 16, 2005
A wardrobe malfunction causes Scarlett Johansson to flee the event after presenting the best foreign film award. "When I sat down in the car, I just heard, 'Zzzz!' And the back of my dress split!" she later tells reporters. "I had to be sewn back in. I presented my award and had to go straight home to be cut out of the dress."

Jan. 16, 2006
George Clooney thanks indicted Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff in his best supporting actor acceptance speech for "Syriana": "Who would name their kid Jack with the last words 'off' at the end of your last name? No wonder that guy is screwed up. Ahh, all right. I just got bleeped."

Jan. 11, 2009
Accepting for best television series (comedy), "30 Rock" co-star Tracy Morgan commandeers the microphone and proclaims, "Tina Fey and I had an agreement that if Barack Obama won, I would speak for the show from now on. Welcome to post-racial America! I am the face of post-racial America. Deal with it, Cate Blanchett!"