Golden Globes 2023 moments you missed – Jennifer Coolidges hilarious blunder to hosts awkward jokes

The 80th Golden Globes ceremony got underway in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, marking the beginning of what looks set to be a memorable awards season.

Hollywood stars from the big and small screens flocked back to the Beverley Hilton hotel on Tuesday evening for the occasion.

Last year’s show was turned into a “private event” at the last minute by organisers the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), after it faced heavy criticism over its lack of black members.

The organisation subsequently vowed to overhaul its bylaws and implement changes addressing ethics and inclusion.

And the first show back certainly did not disappoint. In case you missed it, we're recapping the most memorable moments from the evening…

Jennifer Coolidge called the Globes the Oscars

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White Lotus star Jennifer Coolidge made a huge blunder while presenting the award for Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series during the 80th Golden Globes.

As the iconic White Lotus star presented the award, she said: "And the Oscar goes to…" which made the audience at the 80th Golden Globe Awards laugh and cheer for her as she immediately recognised her mistake.

The joke came after Jennifer rattled off a hilarious monologue about her fear of presenting the important award because of her worries about tripping or mispronouncing the nominees' names.

"There is no way I'm going to make it all the way from behind the podium without breaking my skull," she joked while addressing the crowd.

Jerrod Carmichael addressed controversy in his opening monologue

Golden Globes host Jerrod Carmichael kicked off the 80th annual ceremony by addressing the award show’s previous diversity controversy.

The US comedian told audiences, “I’ll tell you why I’m here, I’m here because I’m black,” as he opened the show in Los Angeles on Tuesday evening.

“I’ll tell you what’s been going on,” Carmichael told audiences at the top of the show.

“This show, the Golden Globe Awards did not air last year, because the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which I won’t say they were a racist organisation, but they didn’t have a single black member until George Floyd died – do with that information what you will.

“One minute I’m making mint tea at home, the next you’re invited to be the black face of an embattled white organisation. Life really comes at you fast.”

He added: “I took this job assuming they hadn’t changed at all.

“(But) regardless of whatever the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s past may be, this is an evening where we get to celebrate.

“And I think this industry deserves evenings like these. And I’m happy to be here.”

Jenna Ortega and Selena Gomez posed together on the red carpet

Only Murders In The Building star Selena Gomez posed alongside Wednesday's Jenna Ortega on the red carpet, nearly breaking the internet in the process.

They were both nominated for best actress in a TV series, but the pair lost out to Quinta Brunson, who won the Golden Globe for best performance by an actress in a television series, musical or comedy, for her lead role in Abbott Elementary.

Colin Farrell thanks donkey in acceptance speech

Colin Farrell won best actor in a motion picture for his role in The Banshees Of Inisherin, the most nominated film of the evening.

“I never expect a film to work," Farrell said in his acceptance speech. "And when they do, it’s shocking to me and I’m so horrified by whats happened."

He thanked his co-star Brendan Gleeson, saying "I just love you so much, I love you so much. I get to cohabitate this creative space with you every day”

He also gave a shout out to one of his non-nominated co-stars: Jenny the Donkey, who is his character's best friend in the film.

Awkward jokes that just didn't land

Host Jerrod joked about Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at last year's Oscars, saying he won the "Rock Hudson award for best portrayal of masculinity" on television.

The audience did not seem amused. Even Jerrod seemed slightly hesitant, as though he was anticipating their tepid reaction to the controversial joke.

Another one of Jerrod's jokes which fell flat was one about Tom Cruise and Scientology.

Jerrod walked out after an ad break with three trophies, joking that they were the awards Tom returned after the HFPA's diversity controversy.

"I'm just the host or whatever, but I have a pitch," Jerrod said. "I think maybe we take these three things and exchange them for the safe return of Shelly Miscavige."

Shelly, the wife of Scientology leader David Miscavige, has reportedly not been seen in public for years. The joke was met with the sound of crickets.

Later in the evening, comedian Tracy Morgan performed a monologue about Eddie Murphy, which didn't seem to go down well with the actor.

One Twitter user said of the monologue, "Wow…that Walmart joke stung. Only Tracy could tell it tho."

"Eddie Murphy not laughing to the monologue towards him for his award is so awkward lol," added another.

Eddie Murphy shares advice for up-and-comers in the industry

Eddie Murphy made reference to Will Smith’s infamous slap at the 2022 Oscars as he accepted a top award at the Golden Globes.

Accepting the coveted Cecil B DeMille award, the actor and comedian said: “I’ve been doing this for a long time, so I can literally stand up here and keep saying thank you until they play the piano.

“But I’m gonna wrap it up and just say something to all the new up and coming dreamers and artists that are in the room tonight.

“I want to let you know that there is a definitive blueprint that you can follow to achieve success, prosperity, longevity, and peace of mind. “There’s a blueprint and I followed it my whole career, it’s very simple.

“Just do these three things: Pay your taxes. Mind your business, and keep Will Smith’s wife’s name out of your f****** mouth!”

Unlike Jerrod's joke about the slap, Eddie's was met with roars of laughter.

The Ukrainian President made an appearance

Actor Sean Penn introduced a message from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and paid tribute to those struggling in conflict around the world.

“I’m privileged to be here tonight and proud that the leadership of the Hollywood Foreign Press has seen fit to encourage those highest aspirations of film should share this stage tonight with a very real world example of that which inspires film’s creation,” he said.

“From the other worldly courage of young Iranians rising up, to the ever-persevering women’s movement of Afghanistan, we are reminded in no uncertain terms, that the freedom to dream is not simply a human luxury, but rather a human need that must be fought and sacrificed for.

“If the freedom to dream were a spear, I proudly present a human being who tonight represents that spear’s most honed tip.”

Mr Zelensky said that it was “clear” that the “tide was turning” in the ongoing war in his country, and that Ukraine would be triumphant in its struggle.


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