Golden Globes night, which traditionally kicks off Hollywood film awards season, has a reputation for sometimes holding surprises, especially when the stars in formal wear have lightly abused the flowing champagne.
The coronavirus pandemic, which has hit California hard in recent months, has forced organizers to opt for a virtual ceremony, straddling Beverly Hills, California, and New York, but nothing says which artists will receive their awards by videoconferencing from the comfort of their living room will choose sobriety.
Here are five moments that marked the previous editions.
Tribute to Jack Lemmon
In 1998, a Ving Rhames in tears after he had just won the Golden Globe for best actor in a television movie for Don king had insisted that another actor nominated in his category join him on stage. It was Hollywood icon Jack Lemmon (Some like it hot, Irma the sweet), applauded standing by the room.
Supreme tribute, Ving Rhames had put in his hands the Golden Globe he had just received, explaining: “For me, being an artist is giving, and I would like to give this to you, Mr. Jack Lemmon”.
“It was one of the coolest and most enjoyable moments of my life,” replied Jack Lemmon, trying in vain to return Rhames the trophy which belonged to him.
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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which organizes the event, had finally sent another Golden Globe to the stylish Ving Rhames.
In the water, Jolie
Angelina Jolie literally took the plunge at the 1999 Golden Globes party.
The actress had promised, before the ceremony, that she would dive into the swimming pool of the Beverly Hilton hotel if she was rewarded. She kept her word and even shot into the water, with a smile, an overly daring journalist who tried to interview her after her feat.
Angelina Jolie was awarded for Gia, a biographical film about American model Gia Carangi, who had fallen into drugs and died of complications from AIDS in 1986, at the age of 26.
Jeremy Renner and the “globes” of J-Lo
Jeremy Renner, the superhero Hawkeye in the Marvel saga of Avengers, shot one arrow too many with a tacky protrusion unchecked in 2015, as he handed over a statuette alongside Jennifer Lopez.
When J-Lo asked the actor made famous by Minesweepers if he wanted her to open the envelope containing the name of the winner because she had “the nails for that”, he replied: “and you also have the globes“.
A remark on her chest that had stirred up a wave of indignation, many accusing her of sexually harassing the singer live on TV.
The almost coming out by Jodie Foster
No outrageous behavior for Jodie Foster, but a moving speech when the actress received, in 2013, an award for all of her work.
Everyone that night was hanging on the lips of one of Hollywood’s most low-key stars, who had been scolded by Out Magazine (the leading gay and lesbian magazine in the United States) not to speak openly about his sexuality.
“It seems that I have a strong urge to say something that I have never been able to say in public. But am I going to go for it, huh? Strong and proud, eh? And so I’m going to need your support, ”the actress said with difficulty.
But in the end she won’t really do her coming out. “I’m single. Yes, it’s true. I’m single, ”she said with laughter and applause, before paying tribute to Cydney Bernard, who had been her companion for many years.
The biggest shock in Golden Globes history isn’t about lewdness, alcohol, or emotion. This is simply the year the ceremony did not take place.
In 2008, the HFPA, organizer of these feasts, had decided to cancel the official presentation of the rewards during the great strike of the authors’ union, their comrades actors having made it known that they refused to cross the picket lines, as a sign of solidarity.
Without glitter and without relief, the awards were announced during a simple and dismal press conference.
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