The Golden Globes made their big comeback on television on Tuesday, hoping to turn the page on the scandals that have tarnished their image. Between an irreverent presenter, long speeches and the lingering shadow of Will Smith’s slap in the face at the latest Oscarshere are five highlights of this 80, who became the “first actress compensated to the UNITED STATES.
Mired for two years in accusations of racism, sexism and corruption, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which awards the Golden Globes, hoped to turn the page. It was without counting on the teasing of the presenter, Jerrod Carmichael. The African-American comedian immediately quipped about the organization’s lack of diversity. “I’ll tell you why I’m here. I’m here because I’m black,” he said, calling himself “the black face of a beleaguered white organization.”
Willingly irreverent, the actor recounted his dismay when the role of conductor of the evening was offered to him. Doubts quickly disappeared given the check for “500,000 dollars” offered by the organization, he joked, recounting a conversation with one of her friends. “She said to me, ‘Dude, you better put on a nice suit and take the cash from these white people'”.
The intimidating Michelle Yeoh
As often, the award-winning celebrities have proven that they love to listen to themselves speak: almost all the acceptance speeches have nibbled on the allotted time. The ceremony, which was supposed to last only three hours, finally exceeded by twenty minutes. The producers have tried to dismiss the stars who dragged on, thanks to a little melody played on the piano. But most continued their thanks as if nothing had happened.
In this role, it was Michelle Yeoh who shone the most. Voted best actress in a comedy for her role as a laundromat owner immersed in parallel universes in Everything Everywhere All At Once, she did not hesitate to pull out the bullying card. “Shut up, please,” she said mockingly, recalling the many fight scenes that punctuate the film: “I can ruin you, it’s serious. »
The shadow of Will Smith
Will Smith was of course not invited, but his slap in the face of comedian Chris Rock on the stage of Oscars last year continues to be talked about Hollywood. The episode is now an endless source of jokes. Jerrod Carmichael has thus claimed to have presented during a commercial break an award for “best representation of masculinity on television” to the actor, who had not supported a joke on the loss of hair of his wife.
Actor Eddie Murphy, rewarded for his entire career, gave a layer a little later. “There is a real plan you can follow to achieve success, prosperity, longevity and peace of mind,” he told a hilarious audience. “There are three things: pay your taxes, mind your own business, and keep the name of Will Smith’s wife out of your fucking mouth. »
Tom Cruise, mocked
And since the absent are always wrong, Tom Cruise, whose film Top Gun: Maverick was nominated, was also entitled to his share of jokes at his expense. The American actor returned his three Golden Globes to the HFPA in 2021, in protest at the scandals. In the middle of the evening, Jerrod Carmichael came back on stage with three statuettes in hand, to represent these awards.
“Hey guys, I found this,” he told the audience, before commenting on Tom Cruise’s membership in the Church of Scientology. “Maybe we should take those three things and trade them for the return of Shelly Miscavige,” the host added, referring to the cult leader’s wife, who hasn’t been seen in years. audience.
Honored with a special career award, series producer Ryan Murphy (Nip/Tuck, Glee, Laid) took the opportunity to deliver a vibrant plea to better represent the LGBTQ community on screen. He notably asked the public for a “standing ovation” for MJ Rodriguez, the star of his series Laidwho became the “first actress transgender to win a Golden Globe” in 2022 without being able to celebrate his victory – because of the scandals, the ceremony took place without an audience or television. “My mission has been to take the unseen, the unloved and turn them into the heroes I hoped for, but never saw, in pop culture,” he said.
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