20 Biggest Surprises in Golden Globes Historyby IMDb-Contributing-Writers | last updated - 05 Jan 2018
These are some of the top upsets and most unpredictable moments at the Golden Globes in its history. — Sharon Knolle
The Golden Globe Awards are known as much for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's somewhat unpredictable choice of winners and nominations as they are for their slightly different sense of decorum, compared to other Hollywood award shows. Both can lead to some bonkers moments. Here are some of the most stunning.
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Pia Zadora's Questionable Win
When Pia Zadora was named "New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture" in 1982, the outcry was immediate. Not only did she edge out Elizabeth McGovern and Howard E. Rollins Jr. of Ragtime, as well as Kathleen Turner (Body Heat), but the award also gave the impression that her ultra-rich husband at the time, Meshulam Riklis, had bought her award. Riklis had flown voting members to his casino in Las Vegas and hosted lavish screenings at his home. The category was retired in 1984.
A Three-Way Tie for Best Actress
At the 1989 ceremony, the Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama had a three-way tie. Jodie Foster, who went on to win an Oscar that year for The Accused, tied with Sigourney Weaver (Gorillas in the Mist) and Shirley MacLaine (Madame Sousatzka). Even more surprising: There were ties in four more categories that year!
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"I Was in the Bathroom, Mom!"
In 1998, when Michael J. Fox announced Christine Lahti as the winner of Best Actress in a TV Drama, the "Chicago Hope" star was "indisposed." "Is this history in the making?" fellow presenter Laura San Giacomo said. Finally, Lahti's husband, Thomas Schlamme, took the mic and was joined by a Spanish-speaking Robin Williams! When she finally hit the stage, a flustered Lahti said, "I was in the bathroom, Mom!"
Ving Rhames Gives Away His Globe
One of the greatest Globes moments ever happened in 1998: Ving Rhames won Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television for "Don King: Only in America" but he insisted that Jack Lemmon should have won for "12 Angry Men." Rhames wouldn't rest until he'd given his award to the stunned acting legend. The gesture earned them both a standing ovation. Rhames never did take back his award, so the Hollywood Foreign Press Association sent him a duplicate.
Keri Russell's Surprise Best Actress Win
The Globes have a reputation for rewarding new talent, but in 1999, no one expected "Felicity" star Keri Russell to win Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama over more established stars Gillian Anderson, Julianna Margulies, Kim Delaney, and Roma Downey.
Elizabeth Taylor is 'New at This'
In 2001, cinema legend Elizabeth Taylor took an alternative route while presenting the big award of the evening: Best Motion Picture - Drama. Instead of reading the nominees from the monitor, she opened the envelope. "I'm new at this," she said, as Dick Clark joined her onstage. When it was time to announce the winner (Gladiator), she had to be reminded to consult the envelope instead of the monitor.
Renée Zellweger Pulls a Lahti
In 2001, Nurse Betty star Renée Zellweger hit the bathroom as her category was being presented, just like Christine Lahti. Because the award was presented by Hugh Grant, the segment played out like a preview of Bridget Jones's Diary, with Grant initially declaring that the actress must be drunk as he announced her Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical win. Not necessarily, but she was very embarrassed.
Nicholson Admits Awards Shows Make Him Nervous
Many Golden Globes speeches have been delivered under the influence of alcohol (champagne is on every table), but Jack Nicholson's 2003 acceptance speech for his performance in About Schmidt was a first: The actor admitted he'd downed a Valium earlier in the evening. He also referred to his co-star Kathy Bates as "The Bates Motel."
Rourke Thanks All His Dogs, Aronofsky Flips the Bird
Mickey Rourke (who won Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for The Wrestler over Sean Penn in Milk) notably thanked "all his dogs" in 2009's ceremony, adding, "Sometimes when a man's alone, all you got is your dog." The Wrestler director Darren Aronofsky incurred a Federal Communications Commission fine when he responded to Rourke's thanks with a middle-finger salute.
Jodie Foster Gets Personal
In her 2013 Cecil B. DeMille Award acceptance speech, Jodie Foster got a laugh by building up to this admission: "I have a sudden urge to say something that I've never been able to air in public that I'm a little nervous about ... I am, uh... I'm single." It was the first time she's publicly acknowledged that she's gay (she said she did her coming out "a thousand years ago") and thanked her ex-partner and her children.
Jacqueline Bisset's Baffling Speech
First, it took Jacqueline Bisset a while to get the stage in 2014; it seems no one expected her to win Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television, based on where she was seated. Then she gave a long, rambling speech that had to be bleeped in parts. But, despite the music trying to play her off, she persisted.
Gina Rodriguez Makes History
First-time nominee Gina Rodriguez won the Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical Globe in 2015 for sitcom "Jane the Virgin," beating out big names such as Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Edie Falco. It was also the first Globe for the CW Network.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson's Big Upset
It was considered a big deal when Aaron Taylor-Johnson scored his first Golden Globe nomination for Nocturnal Animals. And then he won! The film's supporting-actor Oscar nomination (which was announced after the Globes) went to Michael Shannon, and the Oscar itself to Mahershala Ali, but the first-timer had a great night at the 2017 Globes.
'The Night Manager' Squeezes Out The 'O.J.' Cast
The cast of "American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson" swept the Emmys, but the 2017 Globes showed more love to Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie, stars of the British miniseries "The Night Manager." Sarah Paulson still won for "O.J.," but Courtney B. Vance and Sterling K. Brown were left out in the cold. And then Hiddleston ended up having to apologize for his eyebrow-raising speech.