By Kendall Howze
The annual Golden Globes award was held this year on January 8th. This year made the 74th award ceremony. Jimmy Fallon hosted the show in Beverly Hills. The Golden Globes are awarded to actors from both film and television. With celebrity hosts and announcers, the show is always hilarious to watch. Here are the five most memorable moments of the 74th annual Golden Globes.
1) La La Land inspired opening: The opening to the 2017 Golden Globes was like no other. In honor of the multiple award winning movie La La Land, the opening was a spoof of the opening number in the movie. Jimmy Fallon sang his way through the red carpet with cameos of many other actors in the award ceremony. Perhaps the funniest moment was Fallon sitting down at a piano to play La La Land’s theme “City of Stars,” humorously wearing clip in bangs that Justin Timberlake rips off when he enters the scene. The opening reflected the rest of the award ceremony’s humorous nature, starting it off with a bang.
2) Jimmy Fallon’s teleprompter fail: After the opening musical number, Jimmy Fallon was scheduled to deliver his opening monologue to kick off the show. Everything would have gone great, but, as with many other live filmed shows, there were a few technical difficulties. Fallon’s speech was supposed to be tele prompted. Only a few seconds into his speech after welcoming everyone to the Golden Globes, Fallon says, “Already the teleprompter down, so this is a great way to start the show.” Clearly the show did not begin the way it had planned. Luckily, Fallon is a great enough performer and speaker to be quick on his feet and improvise the opening.
3) Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig presenting the Best Animated Feature award: Comedic actors from the upcoming movie Despicable Me 3, gave the award for Best Animated Feature. The actors joked with surprisingly dark anecdotes about the first time they watched an animated movie. Carell shared that his first animated movie was Fantasia, raving about the plot, and said that after he left the theater, he saw his mother standing in the lobby. Carrell then looks at the audience and says, “That was the day she told my dad she wanted a divorce.” Carell then removed his glasses to wipe fake tears out of his eyes, sending the audience roaring with laughter. Carell and Wiig both pause, straight-faced. Wiig follows with the story of the first animated movie she saw. Earlier in the day, three of her dogs had been put down, so her grandfather took her to see Bambi to take her mind off of things. Unfortunately, Bambi’s mother was shot. This was also apparently the last day she saw her grandfather. Their deadpan humor continued to send the audience into an uproar.
4) Ryan Gosling’s acceptance speech for best actor: After his stunning appearance in La La Land, Ryan Gosling accepted the award for best actor. His speech began with a joke about him being mistaken for Ryan Reynolds, opening with his classic humor the audience was expecting. It quickly took a heartfelt and touching turn as Gosling dedicated the award to his costar Emma Stone and his director Damien Chazelle, offering to chop it into three pieces. He then jokes, “I don’t really want to do that because... who would get what piece? No one wants the bottom, and we’d fight over the top. It could tear us apart.” Gosling soon thanks his wife, Eva Mendez, lovingly mentioning that she stayed home with their daughter while Gosling filmed La La Land, and she simultaneously helped her brother who was battling cancer. On his last note, leaving the audience touched, Gosling says, “Sweetheart, thank you. To my daughters, Amada and Esmeralda, I love you. And if I may I’d like to dedicate this to the memory of [Eva’s] brother, Juan Carlos Mendez.” Gosling’s beautiful speech has left the internet with melted hearts.
5) The Tribute to Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds: The loss of beloved actors Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds made for a devastating end to 2016. The Golden Globes recognized the two with a montage of clips from their movies over the years. Scenes from When Harry Met Sally, Star Wars, singing in the Rain, and other movies were played with a clip of the two singing “You Made Me Love You” in the background. The tribute was beautiful and heartwarming.
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