The host insults his hosts
“I’m here because I’m black,” said new MC Jerrod Carmichael, who addressed the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s tarnished reputation head-on in his opening monologue. “They didn’t have a single black member until George Floyd was killed,” he said, ignoring much of their apparent rehabilitation efforts and saying he only took the job. for the $500,000 paycheck.
Host insults Tom Cruise
Introducing the star of Top Gun: Maverick, Carmichael drew awkward gasps and a few whoops with his mention of the main struggle with Hollywood’s full embrace of its most powerful star. “Backstage I found these three Golden Globes that Tom Cruise returned. Maybe we’ll take these three things and trade them for the safe return of Shelly Miscavige?” he said, referring to the long-unseen wife of Scientology leader David Miscavige.
Eddie Murphy takes a look at Will Smith
Slap fatigue was a theme of the evening, but there was special dispensation for Murphy to take a pop from the lead actor at last year’s Oscars. In his acceptance speech for the Globes Achievement Award, Murphy attributed his success to three things: “Pay your taxes. Mind your own business. And keep the name of Will Smith’s wife out of your fucking mouth!
Jennifer Coolidge reigns supreme
The White Lotus was the watercooler hit of the season and Coolidge’s speech the smash of the night, alternately very funny and – in his defense of series creator Mike White – hugely moving.
Special mention to her response when Colin Farrell offered her a hand on stage:
Mike White has his moment
Later, a possibly weary and emotional White returned the compliment to Coolidge and enjoyed gazing at the sea of faces of those who had turned down the chance to perform on the show with him.
Colin Farrell wins his Oscar
The race for Best Actor at the Oscars this year has been a tough one to call, but Farrell’s charming speech may have propelled him into the front-runner position, ahead of Brendan Fraser and Austin Butler.
Regina Hall isn’t buying Kevin Costner’s no-show
Picking up Costner’s acting award for Yellowstone, Hall expressed some skepticism about wanting to attend Costner, before reading that he had to “shelter in place in Santa Barbara.”
Other notable absences were Cate Blanchett, apparently filming in London and therefore unable to land her best actress in a theater award, and Amanda Seyfried, “in the process of creating a new musical and couldn’t be here”.
The popular touch of Michelle Yeoh
Jamie Lee Curtis’ reaction to the news that her Everything Everywhere All at Once co-star had chosen Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical was widely shared in the room – and on Twitter.
Yeoh’s speech cemented goodwill.
Shoot the pianist
If the evening had a single villain, it was probably Chloe Flower, the ivory handyman responsible for hastening the end of the speeches with a playful muzak. Yeoh, Farrell and more demanded that she chill her fingers; the most compelling case was presented by Austin Butler, whose moving tribute to his late mother was accompanied by a volume boost from Flower.
“You could at least play Suspicious Minds or something,” Butler said.