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The Best and Worst Moments From the 2019 Golden Globes

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Krutika Mallikarjuna, Liam Mathews

The 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards kicked off with some controversy on the red carpet and concluded with some WTF-ery in the form of Bohemian Rhapsody winning best drama over A Star Is Born. In between, there were highs and lows and hits and misses, as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association did not come to play -- and the neither did the hosts, the delightful duo Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg. In case you didn't have time to watch the whole ceremony, we rounded up the best and worst moments of the 2019 Golden Globes.

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WORST: Ryan Seacrest's Time's Up Bracelet
Ryan Seacrest, who was accused last year of sexual misconduct by a former stylist (claims Seacrest has denied), started this year's Globes off on the completely wrong note. As actors began to flood the red carpet, co-host Giuliana Rancic noted the continued support of the #metoo movement via Time's Up bracelets and ribbons. As Rancic pointed out her own swag, Seacrest chimed in to highlight a black version of the same bracelet neatly hidden under the cuff of his shirt. While E!'s investigation of Seacrest found no wrongdoing, the way in which the well-known host handled the accusation left many with no desire to see Seacrest on the awards circuit in 2018. Trust that flashing a shallow connection to Time's Up only meant that Twitter doubled down on their disdain for Seacrest in 2019. - Krutika Mallikarjuna

BEST: Emma Stone Apologizes for Aloha
During the opening monologue, Oh made a joke about how Crazy Rich Asians was the first studio movie with an Asian-American lead since Ghost in the Shell and Aloha, films which placed stars Scarlett Johansson and Emma Stone, respectively, in white-washed roles rather than casting actors of Asian heritage. Emma Stone, in the audience as a nominee for The Favourite, yelled "I'm sorry!" That counts as a public apology, right? - Liam Mathews

BEST: The Americans Takes Home the Trophy
The Americans, one of the best shows on TV in every one of its six seasons, finally took home a series award for its final year. This was the FX spy drama's last chance to get the awards recognition it so richly deserved, and it did (The Americans did win a couple Emmys in 2018, but not for the series). It was the only show in the best drama series category not in its first season, which means Globes voters went against their natural inclination to reward new shows to give The Americans a cumulative win. - LM

BEST: Carol Burnett Wins the Inaugural Carol Burnett Award
This year, the HFPA instituted the Carol Burnett Award, named after the living legend and presented to a person who "has made outstanding contributions to television on or off the screen." In a charming bit, Steve Carell came out to present the award as if there were any other nominees to even consider for the first annual Carol Burnett award. After blowing right past talented actors like Antonio Banderas and Charlize Theron, he played a tribute to Burnett that showcased how integral she is to modern comedy. Burnett then came out and -- like the legend she is -- said she'd be accepting the award every year going forward. Ending on a more sincere note, the comedy icon thanked everyone who had ever made her dreams possible and with cheeky tug on her ear (which she did at the end of each episode of The Carol Burnett show as a tribute to her grandmother) said, "I can look back and say I'm so glad we had this time together." - KM


BEST: Regina King Challenges Leaders to Do Better
Regina King, the literal best, used her best supporting actress victory speech for If Beale Street Could Talk to make an announcement and throw down a gauntlet. "In the next two years, everything that I produce will be 50 percent women," she said. "I challenge anyone out there who is in a position of power--in all industries--I challenge you to challenge yourself and do the same." It was one of the strongest feminist statements in a night full of them. - LM

BEST: Sandra Oh Wins Best Actress in a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
In an emotional moment that's been a long time coming, Sandra Oh won Best Actress in a Television Drama for Killing Eve. Finally receiving recognition for the powerhouse that she is, Oh gave a moving acceptance speech that tied into her opening monologue in which she recognized that even though things might backslide as soon as next year, here at the 2019 Globes she "wanted to be here to look out into this audience and witness this moment of change." In a self-fulfilling prophecy, the ecstatic star took home the Golden Globe but not before thanking her immensely proud parents in Korean. Oh is the first actress of Asian descent to take home the best actress trophy in nearly 40 years. She previously won Best Supporting Actress in a Television Drama for her performance as Cristina Yang on Grey's Anatomy. - KM

WORST: Too Many Wins for Green Book
Green Book is a competently made but problematic movie. It's not better than The Favourite or BlacKkKlansman or Roma or If Beale Street Could Talk or Vice, all movies it beat as it rolled to victories in the Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor and Best Picture -- Comedy categories. (No disrespect to Mahershala Ali, to be clear.) It's a bad look in 2019 to be giving awards to simplistic movies about racism, especially when one of the other options in the screenplay category was a James Baldwin adaptation written and directed by Barry Jenkins. That's some Crash nonsense. - LM

BEST: Jeff Bridges Tags Us Into Being Trim Tabs Because That's Life, Man
Sam Elliott, in character as The Stranger from The Big Lebowski, narrated a package of clips from the illustrious career of Cecil B. DeMille Award winner Jeff Bridges, setting up The Dude for a delightfully rambling speech where he just kind of thanked people he's met throughout his life as he thought of them. Special shout out to Lloyd Kaplan, his stand-in since The Last Picture Show in 1971. We could have abided an hour of Jeff Bridges free-associating. "We all have been tagged! We're alive! Right here, right now! We're alive! You know what I mean?" I do, Jeff. I do. - LM


WORST: The Kominsky Method Winning Over The Good Place Is Proof We're in the Bad Place
In a star-studded category that included The Good Place,The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Kidding, andBarry, The Kominsky Method took home the trophy for best television series - musical or comedy. The critically panned show was less of a touching exploration of aging and more of Chuck Lorre's experiment in prostate jokes. Particularly compared to the complexity of the other shows in its category (seriously! The Good Place is basically seven shows in one!) this felt like an award sacrificed to the mega-million dollar altar of Chuck Lorre's TV empire. - KM

BEST: Olivia Colman Says "My Bitches"
Thank God for live TV and the tired censor who kept missing cuss words because the only thing that kept us going through the longest awards show of the season was getting to hear Olivia Colman say "bitches" in her acceptance speech for The Favourite. Colman won best actress in a musical or comedy film and shouted out Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, her co-stars in the hilarious period piece about power lesbians fighting for political control over England, by thanking "my bitches" in a way that convinced us that butter wouldn't melt in her mouth. The shy, sweet, shoulder shrug didn't hurt. - KM

WORST: Wrap It Up, Peter Farrelly
The show was already running long when Green Book director Peter Farrelly decided he had something to say about racism in America that was so important he stridently yelled at the stage manager to turn off the "play him off" music. The speech may have seemed like a good idea but it went over poorly, both online and seemingly in the room as well. - LM


BEST: Glenn Close's Surprised Face
Big night for the cast of Fatal Attraction. First Michael Douglas won for The Kominsky Method and then Glenn Close won for The Wife. She wasn't expecting to win, because she's not Lady Gaga, and she made this face when her name was called. - LM


WORST: Lol, Bohemian Rhapsody Wins Best Picture
Bohemian Rhapsody, a movie whose director was fired during production, won best picture in the drama category while lead Rami Malek, who played Freddie Mercury, took home best actor. Those wins left Bradley Cooper and A Star Is Born without any major awards. We're far from the shallow now -- and, besides, the real best movie of 2018 was Mandy. Don't @ me. - LM

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