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Golden Globes 2019: Bradley's face becomes a meme, Sandra Oh wins big and other highlights of film and television's star-studded night

Golden Globes 2019: Bradley's face becomes a meme, Sandra Oh wins big and other highlights of film and television's star-studded night

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Text: Aravin Sandran


Image: Hollywood Foreign Press Association

While the Golden Globes might be considered a loosey-goosey affair compared to the esteem of the Oscars, it nonetheless brings together the best of the best in film and television under one roof. As compared to last year's edition that was marked by the #MeToo movement, this time around, everything was a whole lot tamer. Besides Gaga's ostentatious Valentino couture train, everyone played it safe on the red carpet. Hosts Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh's opening monologue wasn't the slightest bit punchy, and the show cruised along without any major fumble or slips. That being said, we've rounded up the most talked-about moments so you could at least pretend you actually watched it last weekend.

The breakout star of the red carpet wasn't even a celebrity. It was the 'Fiji water girl' Kelleth Cuthbert, who took photo-bombing to the next level.

 

While they opened strongly  "We’re the only two people left in Hollywood who haven’t said anything offensive" — hosts Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg's monologue lacked any kind of witty sting. Their only highlights were a couple of cheap jabs at A Star Is Born, roasting Lady Gaga's iconic "there can be 100 people in a room" talking point and introducing its lead stars with a controversial punchline that drew some flak: "He discovered Ally, and she discovered him in a garage."  

Emma Stone apologized from the audience for her white-washed turn in 2015's flop Aloha after Sandra Oh ironically stated that Crazy Rich Asians was the first studio film with an Asian-American lead since 2017's Ghost in the Shell (which starred Scarlett Johansson) and Aloha.

Bradley Cooper's stunned face became a meme after he lost out to Rami Malek for his brilliant portrayal of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rapsody for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Drama award. Not to be outdone, Malek had a cringe-worthy moment of his own when presenter Nicole Kidman awkwardly turned her back on him. 

Women and gays all over the world screamed in unison when two of pop music's biggest icons shared the stage. Squad queen Taylor Swift introduced Best Original Song, and as expected, it went to Lady Gaga's emotional ballad "Shallow" from A Star Is Born.

 

Christian Bale compared former Dick Cheney to Satan in his acceptance speech when he picked up the Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical award for political satire Vice, saying: "Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration for playing this role." Adding to the bizarreness post-show, the Church of Satan itself tweeted positively in response to his win.

 

The biggest winner of the night undoubtedly was host Sandra Oh, who not only hosted the night but also picked up the Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Drama award for her role in Killing Eve. In her acceptance speech, she mentioned the Hollywood's tide change when it comes to representation and thanked her adorable parents who were in the audience, saying "I love you" in Korean, and the Internet broke down in tears of joy.

 

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