The Golden Globes are one of the most fun awards shows, mostly because the awards themselves don’t really matter. (The Martian won best comedy or musical, for God’s sake!)
No, the fun of the Golden Globes is in watching drunk celebrities make fools of themselves and become Internet fodder. And this year’s show was no exception, with antics from the start, including a hilariously GIF-able moment from two of Hollywood’s biggest stars.
Host Ricky Gervais was at his most caustic, particularly when introducing presenter Mel Gibson. At past Golden Globes ceremonies, Mr. Gervais poked fun at Mr. Gibson’s anti-Semitic rant during a 2006 DUI arrest, during which he also called the arresting officer “sugar tits.”
Once again Mr. Gervais didn’t hold back last night, saying he blamed NBC for the awkward introduction. “We know who Mel blames,” Mr. Gervais added. “But I’d rather have a drink with him than Bill Cosby.”
Mr. Gibson fired back, “I love seeing Ricky every three years because it reminds me to get a colonoscopy.” But Mr. Gervais got the last laugh when he asked the Mad Max star, “What the fuck is sugar tits?”
Unsurprisingly, Twitter ate up this exchange:
The controversy didn’t end there. When Hateful Eight composer Ennio Morricone won best original score, the film’s director Quentin Tarantino accepted the award on his behalf. And when Mr. Tarantino starts talking, controversy follows.
Last night it happened again, as Mr. Tarantino referred to film composing as a “ghetto” while comparing Mr. Morricone to Mozart and Schubert. Presenter Jamie Foxx, who followed Mr. Tarantino on stage, was visibly offended, as was much of the Internet:
Things got a lot more fun when Lady Gaga won best actress in a miniseries/TV movie for American Horror Story: Hotel. On her way up to the stage, her gown brushed against Leonardo DiCaprio’s tuxedo, and The Revenant actor recoiled in the GIF seen ’round the world (in fact, it was the most tweeted about moment of the night):
The fireworks continued after the show when Jennifer Lawrence, winner of best actress in a comedy for Joy, berated a reporter in the press room for looking at his phone while asking a question. But the reporter was not a native English speaker, and rather than being rude was just trying to pronounce words correctly. Twitter promptly turned on Ms. Lawrence:
There ya go, folks. The biggest headline of this year’s Golden Globes: the J-Law backlash has begun.