The 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony aired live on Sunday night, January 11, 2015, from Beverly Hills, CA, where we saw Richard Linklater’s Boyhood dominate the film drama category and Michael Keaton and his latest film Birdman top the comedy film area, while in TV, Showtime’s The Affair, FX’s Fargo, and Amazon’s Transparent took home multiple Globes. (Check out the full list of 2015 Golden Globe winners here.)
The ceremony, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for their third and final time, had a lot of great moments – some funny, some poignant, some noteworthy. There was the hilarious opening by the hosts, another classic Benedict Cumberbatch photobomb, a lot of George Clooney love, and much more, including several references to the recent threats on the entertainment community from North Korea and the murders at the Charlie Hebdo offices in France.
See below for some highlights from the 2015 Golden Globe Awards ceremony.
Tina Fey & Amy Poehler Take On Bill Cosby, North Korea
In their monologue, hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler took a stab at Bill Cosby for his recent rape allegations — complete with spot-on impressions of the pudding-pop pusher — as well as North Korea, saying the awards celebrate “all the movies that North Korea was OK with.” The duo also poked a little fun at George Clooney, Wes Anderson, Emma Stone, and other celebrities in attendance.
Meryl Streep and Margaret Cho
Commedienne Margaret Cho showed up throughout the night as a North Korean soldier. In her first bit, she posed for a photo with Golden Globe nominee and living legend Meryl Streep holding up a magazine called “Movies WOW!” with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un magazine on the cover.
Benedict Cumberbatch Photobomb
If Benedict Cumberbatch is in the house, there’s gonna be a Cumberbomb. The aforementioned Meryl Streep and Margaret Cho were perfectly positioned with Cumberbatch, who was nominated for a Best Actor Globe for The Imitation Game, behind them as they took their photo op. As fellow nominee Michael Keaton snapped the photo, up went Cumberbatch in the background for another one of his perfect photobombs.
HFPA Stands United Against Attacks
Along with references to the recent Sony hacking by North Korea that led to threats of 9/11-style attacks if the studio released The Interview (the Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy that features a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un), the Awards show also saw tributes to those who died during the terror attacks in Paris at the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices on January 7, 2015. In his address to the audience, Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Theo Kingma referred to both events, stating, “Together, we will stand united against anyone who would repress free speech anywhere from North Korea to Paris,” which yielding a standing ovation from the crowd.
Here’s the video of Kingma at the ceremony:
The Stars Honor Charlie Hebdo
The shooters (with possible ties to Al-Qaeda terrorists) in the aforementioned attacks on the staff at Charlie Hebdo were reportedly angered by the satirical magazine’s cartoons that mocked Muhammad, the Islamic prophet, and were seeking revenge. In honor of the victims of the attack and to show solidarity with the people participating that same night at a demonstration in Paris, celebrities on the Red Carpet at the Golden Globes held signs that read “Je suis Charlie,” which means “I am Charlie.” The phrase has been adopted worldwide after the January 7th massacre by supporters of free speech and free expression. George Clooney and Jared Leto spoke directly about the Charlie Hebdo attacks, with Clooney and his human rights lawyer wife Amal Alamuddin Clooney both sporting buttons that read, “Je suis Charlie.” Actress Helen Mirren wore a blue fountain pen as a brooch to pay tribute to the victims.
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin Clooney:
Sneak Peek At Disney’s Tomorrowland
Before George Clooney took the stage to accept the Cecil B. DeMille Award for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment,” a retrospective of the actor’s career was shown. The tribute highlighted his tenure on TV’s ER as well as films such as Gravity, The Perfect Storm, and Michael Clayton, though his 1997 Bat-nipples role in Batman & Robin was notably absent. Amongst all the film clips was a sneak peek at the 53-year-old star in Disney’s upcoming Tomorrowland. Aside from his 2-second appearance in the movie’s teaser trailer released back in October, this was the first real footage we’ve seen of Clooney in the movie, which hits theaters on May 22, 2015.
You can see the footage here while it lasts (otherwise, it’ll likely be part of the film’s full trailer whenever that’s released).
You can see Clooney’s acceptance speech in the video just below:
Kevin Spacey Can’t Fucking Believe He Won
House Of Cards star Kevin Spacey, who was up against Clive Owen, Liev Schreiber, James Spader, and Dominic West for Best Actor in a TV Drama, started his acceptance speech by saying, “This is just the beginning of my revenge.” After several thank-yous, he mentioned that this was his eighth Golden Globe nomination (but first win). As he looked down at his award, he said, “I can’t fucking believe I won.” He went on to give a heartfelt anecdote about what winning the award meant to him.
Here’s the full speech:
Kristen Wiig & Bill Hader Quote Famous Movies
Former SNL castmates Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, who played siblings in 2014’s The Skeleton Twins, made an appearance at the Globes to present the award for Best Screenplay (which went to Birdman). Their presentation included celebrity impressions of Robert DeNiro, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, as well as “classic movie lines” from E.T. and JAWS. Their skit was cute enough as it was, but then you could see them — especially Wiig – struggling to keep a straight face, which made it all the more hilarious. Also, with three-time hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler finishing their final Globes this year, Wiig and Hader’s appearance proved that they’d be perfect replacements (let’s hope the people in charge noticed).
Watch their full presentation here below: