Golden Globes 2023 key moments: Kevin Costner shelters in place and Tom Cruise gets a kicking | Golden Globes 2023
The host insults his hosts
“I’m here because I’m black,” said opening MC Jerrod Carmichael, who addressed the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s tarnished reputation in his opening monologue. “They didn’t have a single black member until George Floyd was killed,” he said, dismissing most of their apparent rehabilitation efforts and saying he only got the gig for the $500,000 salary.
The host insults Tom Cruise
Introducing the Top Gun: Maverick star, Carmichael drew awkward gasps and a few boos when he mentioned the main difficulty with Hollywood fully embracing its most powerful star. “Backstage, I found these three Golden Globes that Tom Cruise returned. Maybe we 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 weighs in on Will Smith
Slap fatigue was a theme of the evening, but there was special dispensation for Murphy to take a pop at last year’s Oscars mainstay. In his acceptance speech for the Globes Lifetime Achievement Award, Murphy credited his success to three things: “Pay your taxes. Take care of your business. And keep Will Smith’s wife’s name out of your filthy mouth!”
Jennifer Coolidge reigns supreme
White Lotus was the coldest hit of the season, and Coolidge’s speech was the hit of the night, alternately very funny and – in the nod to series creator Mike White – extremely moving.
Special mention for her response to being offered a hand on stage by Colin Farrell:
Mike White is having his moment
Later, a possibly tired and emotional White returned the compliment to Coolidge and enjoyed looking at the sea of faces of those who had turned down the chance to perform with him.
Mike White is very drunk and hilarious. he simply called out every famous person in the audience for switching to the White Lotus. a true icon lol
“I know you’ve all been through! You’ve all been through this show! So yeah, it’s really fun to have this moment.” #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/a3qh4Sufis
— Spencer Althouse (@SpencerAlthouse) January 11, 2023 Colin Farrell wins his Oscar
The race for best actor at the Oscars this year has been tough to call, but Farrell’s charming speech may have pushed him into the top spot, over Brendan Fraser and Austin Butler.
Regina Hall doesn’t buy Kevin Costner’s no-show
Accepting Costner’s acting award for Yellowstone, Hall expressed some skepticism about how eager Costner had actually been, before reading that he had to “take up residence in Santa Barbara.”
Other notable absences were Cate Blanchett, apparently filming in London, so unable to pick up her best actress in a drama award, and Amanda Seyfried, “deep in the process of creating a new musical and it couldn’t be here.”
Michelle Yeoh’s popular touch
Jamie Lee Curtis’ reaction to the news her “everything everywhere all at once” co-star had won best actress in a comedy or musical was shared widely across the room — and Twitter.
Yeoh’s speech strengthened the goodwill.
Shoot the pianist
If the evening had a single villain, it was likely Chloe Flower, the ivory-billed tinkerer assigned to hasten the end of the speeches with jovial muzak. Yes, Farrell and many others asked her to cool her fingers; The most compelling case was made by Austin Butler, whose moving tribute to his late mother was accompanied by a volume boost from Flower.
“At least you can play Suspicious Minds or something,” Butler said.
The Golden Globes, apparently barely staying in its TV home, trying to play against legitimately good speeches — the kind of speeches people actually want to hear and share: Bialystock and Bloom crap
— Christopher Rosen (@chrisjrosen) January 11, 2023
I’m just watching the Golden Globes to see the growing threats to the pianist now.
I can’t wait for Baz Luhrmann to pull a knife by the end of the night.
— Tom Shea (@tomshea) January 11, 2023