10 Most Buzzed-About 'Golden Globes' Moments of All Time (VIDEOS)

tina fey, amy poehler, margaret choWhy are the Golden Globes more fun than the Oscars? Because, as this year's host Ricky Gervais once put it, "the Golden Globes are just like the Oscars, but without all that esteem. The Golden Globes are to the Oscars what Kim Kardashian is to Kate Middleton. A bit louder, a bit trashier, a bit drunker, and more easily bought." And, we might add, a lot more shocking (oftentimes thanks to Ricky Gervais!).


Whether it's because of the open bar or just the generally more relaxed vibe than the Academy Awards, jaw-dropping one-liners and head-smacking snafus are pretty much a guarantee at the Globes. Here are 10 of our favorite OMG moments from years past.

1. Renee Zellweger goes missing.

If you were nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy, you'd probably time your bathroom break with the announcement of somebody else's award (maybe in sound effects or editing?). But that's because you're not Renee Zellweger, who was apparently getting lipstick off her teeth in the bathroom when Hugh Grant announced her win for Nurse Betty in 2001. Good thing Zellweger had enough natural charm to make the mistake adorable!

2. Jodie Foster (kind of) comes out.

Jodie Foster made her 2013 acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award even more memorable than expected when she revealed something highly personal -- or at least strongly suggested that she was revealing something highly personal. "I guess I have a sudden urge to say something that I’ve never really been able to air in public," she said. "But I’m just going to put it out there, right? Loud and proud, right? So I’m going to need your support on this. I am single.”

3. Ricky Gervais is hilariously mean to literally everybody.

This year will mark the fourth time hosting for the notoriously merciless Gervais, who uses the platform to dish out glorious insults to every celebrity in Hollywood. How mean is he? Well, when he called Johnny Depp "the man who will wear literally anything Tim Burton tells him to," that was an example of Gervais being nice.

4. Jack Nicholson admits he's on chill pills.

Would we expect anything less from Jack? The film icon used his acceptance speech for Best Actor in a Drama (in About Schmidt) to give his costars a good ribbing and joke that he thought the movie was supposed to be a comedy -- adding that he'd taken some Valium that night. Hey, award shows are stressful!

5. Jacqueline Bisset rambles on ... and on ...

You know something weird is going on when an actor ignores the cutoff music during her acceptance speech -- twice -- which is exactly what Jacqueline Bisset did when she won a Globe for Dancing on the Edge. That wasn't the only weird thing, though -- she also slurred her words and kept censors on their toes with her colorful language.

6. Tina Fey keeps it real.

Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate ... and Tina Fey gonna call them out, out, out, out, out during her 30 Rock Best Actress acceptance speech. And we're talking about Tina specifically calling out Internet trolls who went after her by name, telling them each to "suck it" with unbridled glee!!

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7. Bette Midler makes a boob of herself.

Hey, Bette Midler's got yer "golden globes" right here! That's right, the actress was the first person to make use of the most obvious award pun ever in her acceptance speech (and quite possibly the last).

8. Paul Rudd and Salma Hayek experience technical difficulties.

There's no awkward silence quite like the awkward silence that occurs when the teleprompter at a live awards show goes out -- just ask Paul Rudd and Salma Hayek, who had no idea what was going on when they were supposed to present the award for Best TV Drama at the 2013 Globes and words literally failed them.

9. Scarlett Johansson gets felt up (by Isaac Mizrahi).

Shocking moments aren't limited to the Golden Globes stage -- just ask Scarlett Johansson, who was groped by fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi on the red carpet in 2006 (Mizrahi was covering the event for E!). 

10. Margaret Cho "crashes" Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's opening monologue.

Jaws dropped 'round the world when Margaret Cho showed up during Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's monologue (duologue?) as a "North Korean journalist," but all parties involved have since insisted that the sketch was not meant to be racist (plus, we have to agree with Cho's character -- Orange Is the New Black really should have been in the Drama category).

Can't wait to see what Sunday has in store!


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