The Golden Globes made their big return to television on Tuesday, hoping to turn the page on the scandals that tarnished their image. Among the irreverent host, long speeches and the shadow of Will Smith’s slap in the face at the last Oscars, here are five highlights of this 80-year-old who became “the first paid actress in the United States.”
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), whose Golden Globe awards have been dogged by accusations of racism, sexism and corruption for two years, hoped to turn the page. It wasn’t based on host Jerrod Carmichael’s teasing. The African-American comedian immediately joked about the organization’s lack of diversity. “I will tell you why I am here. I’m here because I’m black,” he said, calling himself “the black face of a beleaguered white organization.”
The voluntarily defiant actor spoke of his dismay when he was offered the role of conductor for the evening. Doubts were quickly dispelled given the “$500,000” check offered by the organization, he joked, recounting the conversation with one of his friends. He told me, my friend, put on a good suit and take money from these white men.
Scary Michelle Yeoh
Frequent award-winning celebrities have proven that they love to hear themselves speak: almost all of their acceptance speeches made it to the allotted time. The ceremony, which was supposed to last only three hours, finally took twenty minutes. The producers tried to keep the lingering stars away thanks to a little melody played on the piano. But most of them continued to thank as if nothing had happened.
It was Michelle Yeoh who shined the most in this role. She won Best Actress in a Comedy for her role as a washed-up laundromat owner in parallel universes. Everything Everywhere at Once, he didn’t hesitate to pull out the bully card. “Shut up, please,” he quipped, recalling the numerous fight scenes that punctuated the cinema: “I can destroy you, it’s serious. »
The Shadow of Will Smith
Will Smith, of course, wasn’t invited, but his slap in the face of comedian Chris Rock at the Oscars last year continues to talk Hollywood. The episode is now an endless source of jokes. Jerrod Carmichael thus claimed that during a commercial break he presented the award for “best display of masculinity on television” to an actor who didn’t joke about his wife’s hair loss.
Actor Eddie Murphy, who was awarded for his entire career, gave a layer a little later. “There is a realistic plan you can follow to achieve success, prosperity, longevity and peace,” he said. “Three things: pay your taxes, mind your own business, and get Will Smith’s wife out of your mouth.” »
Tom Cruise scoffed
Because those who are absent are always wrong, the movie Tom Cruise Top Gun: Maverick became a candidate, he justified the share of jokes at his expense. The American actor returned his three Golden Globes to the HFPA in 2021 in protest of the scandals. Midway through the evening, Jerrod Carmichael returned to the stage with three figurines to represent these awards.
“Hey guys, I found it,” he told the audience before commenting on Tom Cruise’s membership in the Church of Scientology. “Maybe we should take these three things and trade them for the return of Shelly Miscavige,” the host added, referring to the cult leader’s wife, who has not been seen in years.
Awarded a special career award, series producer Ryan Murphy (Nip/Tuck, Glee, put) took the opportunity to make a live plea for better representation of the LGBTQ community on screen. He asked the public for a “standing ovation” especially for the star of his series, MJ Rodriguez. put, became “the first transgender actress to win a Golden Globe” without being able to celebrate her victory in 2022 – due to scandals, the ceremony was held without an audience and without television. “My mission has been to take the unseen, the unloved, and turn them into heroes in pop culture that I hope for but never see,” he said.