Kevin Costner reacts to Golden Globes win after missing show due to California floods

Kevin Costner reacts to Golden Globes win after missing show due to California floods

Kevin Costner attends the 28th Screen Actors Guild Awards in Santa Monica, California, U.S., February 27, 2022. REUTERS/Aude Guerrucci

Kevin Costner is sharing his gratitude for the Golden Globes after missing Tuesday’s ceremony due to flooding in California.

The Yellowstone star won for best actor in a TV drama, but was not in attendance at the Beverly Hilton. He explained in a social media video shortly before the show that the flooding in Santa Barbara prevented him from going to LA, so he and his wife, Christine Baumgartner, attended the ceremony from home. After he won — and faced jabs from host Regina Hall that he should be “housed in the country” in Santa Barbara — he posted a statement online reacting to the news.

“Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press & @goldenglobes for this incredible honor & the @Yellowstone team for bringing John Dutton’s world to life,” he wrote. “I share this recognition with my incredible cast, producers and crew. Most of all, thank you to the fans of our show, who love Yellowstone Ranch like it’s their own.”

A little while ago, Costner shared a video explaining his absence.

“I’m so sorry to everyone who may have tuned in to watch the Golden Globes,” he began. “Chris and I won’t be able to be there. Yesterday, we had to pull the kids out of school in Santa Barbara. This is the second time in five years that the freeway has flooded out. We found ourselves on the wrong side of town and couldn’t get back last night. We couldn’t get home this morning in time with the highways closed. No one is sadder than us that we can’t be there.”

He said his wife of 18 years “had a beautiful dress” ready and that he “couldn’t wait to walk the red carpet with her”. Instead, his wife “went out and bought me some gold, yellow, black and silver balloons, so we’re going to sit on the telly and see what happens.”

He ended by thanking people for their support – and adding, “I’m really sorry about the Golden Globes and the international press. I hope we get invited back.”

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During the awards show, host Regina Hall announced Costner’s category — and went off script as she shared his excuse for not being there. The comedian mocked the Oscar winner for having to “house in the country” in Santa Barbara, home to many millionaires.

“Kevin Costner, he really wanted to be…” the Girls Trip actress began before they laughed.

“I always like how they write that,” she said, referring to what was on the teleprompter. “It’s like, ‘He so wanted to be…’ No, I’m sure he did … But because of — it’s raining — unprecedented weather and flooding, he has to shelter in place — — in Santa Barbara.”

When Santa Barbara was mentioned, she slapped her forehead and said, “Jesus. No, that’s a sad story now,” she continued to joke. “He’s stuck in Santa Barbara. Let’s pray, everyone. No, this is terrible.”

Hall, amid laughter in the room, concludes with, “This is true: We all do, pray and hope that everyone affected by these storms remains safe. I’ll accept that award right there, in the name of Yours, Kevin.”

Costner has long maintained a Santa Barbara residence, purchasing the 10-acre property, located on the Pacific Ocean, in 2006 for $28.5 million. He listed it for $60 million in 2017, but ultimately took it off the market.

California residents have been dealing with heavy rains, flooding and landslides with nearly 50,000 people under evacuation orders and more than twice that number without power.

Earlier this week, Ellen DeGeneres, who lives in Montecito near other celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, shared a video of floodwaters near her home. She explained that Montecito was under mandatory evacuation, but she had been advised to shelter in place because her home was on higher ground. She also noted that the storm fell on the fifth anniversary of the 2018 landslides there that left 23 people dead and more than 100 homes in the coastal enclave.

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