The history of the award ceremony, the 78th edition of which will take place this Sunday evening in the United States, is paved with moments of anthology.
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 that the artists who 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 nominee 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 homage, 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 you this, 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.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which hosts the event, had finally sent another Golden Globe to the stylish Ving Rhames.
In the water, Jolie
Angelina Jolie literally took the plunge during 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 pulled into the water, with a smile, an overly daring journalist who tried to interview her after his feat.
Angelina Jolie was awarded for Gia, biopic dedicated to American supermodel Gia Carangi, who had sunk into drugs and died of AIDS-related complications in 1986, at the age of 26.
Jeremy Renner and J-Lo’s “globes”
Jeremy Renner, the superhero Hawkeye in the Marvel saga of Avengers, shot one arrow too many with a tacky protrusion unchecked in 2015 while handing 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”, he retorted: “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.
Jodie Foster’s almost coming out
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 (main gay and lesbian magazine in the United States) not to speak openly about his sexuality.
“Looks like I have a strong urge to say something I’ve never been able to say in public. But I’m going to go for it, huh? Strong and proud, huh? And so I’m going to need your support “, said the actress not without difficulty, during this speech in which she explained wanting to protect her privacy.
But in the end, she won’t really come 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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Refusal of the trophy, Angelina Jolie jumps into the water: the Golden Globes in five shock sequences