Golden Globes 2020: The highs, the lows and the head-scratchers

The 77th Golden Globes officially kicked off the 2020 awards season with a star-studded telecast filled with surprises, tears and “what the heck just happened?” moments. In other words, it was business as usual for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual party, which is always a reliable source of memorable highlights and even more memorable lowlights. Here’s Yahoo Entertainment’s recap of the night’s best, worst and most confounding moments.

HIGH: Kate McKinnon walked so Ellen DeGeneres could run

The emotional high point of this year’s telecast came early on in the evening, when Saturday Night Live’scomic superstar Kate McKinnon got seriously personal when she introduced Ellen DeGeneres — this year’s recipient of the Carol Burnett Award for career achievement in television. “In 1997, when Ellen’s sitcom was at the height of its popularity, I was in my mother’s basement lifting weights in front of the mirror and thinking, ‘Am I... gay?’ And I was,” said McKinnon, who made history as SNL’s first openly lesbian cast member. “That’s a very scary thing to suddenly know about yourself. ... And the only thing that made it less scary was seeing Ellen on TV.”

Ellen DeGeneres, winner of the Carol Burnett award, poses in the press room at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

DeGeneres picked up the emotional baton when she took the stage to a tidal wave of applause. “All I ever wanted to do was make people feel good and laugh and there's no greater feeling than when someone tells me I've made their day better with my show or that I've helped them get through a sickness or a hard time with their lives,” DeGeneres said, visibly moved. “That is the power of television and I'm so, so grateful to be a part of it."

LOW: Ricky Gervais is more snoozy than shocking

At the turn of the 21st century, Ricky Gervais was the toast of Hollywood thanks to his beloved U.K. series The Office. Flash-forward to 2020, and it’s clear he has overstayed his welcome. In his fifth — and final (we think) — outing as Golden Globes host, the comic went after Hollywood with barely disguised contempt, and the audience in the room mostly responded in kind. While it was admittedly refreshing to hear someone call out industry hypocrisy and self-importance (not to mention poke ribald fun at a legend like Judi Dench), Gervais’s own self-importance as some kind of “voice of truth” wound up puncturing a lot of his punchlines. “I don’t care anymore,” the host said at one point. We could tell — he all but disappeared from the show for the last 45 minutes. 

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BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Gwyneth Paltrow attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Jennifer Aniston attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Jennifer Lopez attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Nicole Kidman attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Renee Zellweger attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks attend the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Billy Porter attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Scarlett Johansson attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Taylor Swift attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Margot Robbie attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Brad Pitt attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Cate Blanchett attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Laura Dern attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: 77th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Reese Witherspoon arrives to the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 5, 2020. -- (Photo by: Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Charlize Theron attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: (L-R) Lisa Bonet and Jason Momoa attend the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: (L-R) Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas attend the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Salma Hayek attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Glenn Close attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: 77th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Kerry Washington arrives to the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 5, 2020. -- (Photo by: Todd Williamson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Shailene Woodley attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
US-Irish actor Pierce Brosnan and his wife Keely Shaye Smith arrive for the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards on January 5, 2020, at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: 77th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Dylan Brosnan, Keely Shaye Smith, Pierce Brosnan, and Paris Brosnan arrive to the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 5, 2020. -- (Photo by: Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Carol Burnett attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: (L-R) Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres attend the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Ricky Gervais and Jane Fallon attend the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Helen Mirren attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Rachel Brosnahan attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Rami Malek attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Rachel Weisz attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Michelle Pfeiffer attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Lucy Boynton attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: 77th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Sofia Vergara arrive to the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 5, 2020. -- (Photo by: Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Andrew Scott attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: 77th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Joaquin Phoenix arrives to the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 5, 2020. -- (Photo by: Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
British actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge arrives for the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards on January 5, 2020, at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Zoë Kravitz attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Amy Poehler attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Tiffany Haddish attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Christina Applegate attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: (L-R) Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez attend the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: 77th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Toni Collette arrives to the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 5, 2020. -- (Photo by: Todd Williamson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Busy Philipps attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Kirsten Dunst attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Paige Butcher (L) and Eddie Murphy attend the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Joey King attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: 77th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Olivia Colman arrives to the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 5, 2020. -- (Photo by: Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Jane Hajduk and Tim Allen attend the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Joe Manganiello attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: 77th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Nicole Kimpel and Antonio Banderas arrive to the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 5, 2020. -- (Photo by: Todd Williamson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Kathy Bates attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: 77th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Elton John and David Furnish arrive to the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 5, 2020. -- (Photo by: Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Natasha Lyonne attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Beanie Feldstein attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: 77th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman arrive to the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 5, 2020. -- (Photo by: Todd Williamson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: 77th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Colin Jost and Scarlett Johansson arrive to the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 5, 2020. -- (Photo by: Todd Williamson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Ansel Elgort attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Gillian Anderson attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Kaitlyn Dever attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Cynthia Erivo attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Naomi Watts attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: 77th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Michelle Williams arrives to the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 5, 2020. -- (Photo by: Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Actor Sacha Baron Cohen and his wife actress Isla Fisher arrive for the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards on January 5, 2020, at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Dakota Fanning attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Greta Gerwig attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Rooney Mara attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Margaret Qualley attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Kate McKinnon attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Winnie Harlow attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Lauren Graham attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Zoey Deutch attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Kyle Chandler attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: 77th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Paige Butcher and Eddie Murphy arrive to the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 5, 2020. -- (Photo by: Todd Williamson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Barry Jenkins (L) and Lulu Wang attend the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Joe Alwyn attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
US actres Kirsten Dunst and her partner actor Jesse Plemons arrive for the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards on January 5, 2020, at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Wesley Snipes attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: (L-R) Lee Jeong-eun, Cho Yeo-jeong, and Song Kang-ho attend the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Nicholas Braun attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Zhao Shuzhen attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: 77th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer arrive to the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 5, 2020. -- (Photo by: Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: (L-R) Leslie Bibb and Sam Rockwell attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Barry Jenkins attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: (L-R) Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach attend the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: (L-R) Paris Brosnan (2ndL) and brother Dylan Brosnan and girlfriends attend the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Giuliana Rancic attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Tony Shalhoub attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: 77th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Ryan Seacrest arrives to the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 5, 2020. -- (Photo by: Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
US television personality Kristin Cavallari arrives for the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards on January 5, 2020, at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: 77th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Keegan-Michael Key and Elisa Pugliese arrive to the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 5, 2020. -- (Photo by: Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: (L-R) Kate Fahy and Jonathan Pryce attend the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: (L-R) Jason Ralph and Rachel Brosnahan attend the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Brad Goreski attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Karen Pittman attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Julia Butters attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Bel Powley attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: 77th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Eric White and Patricia Arquette arrive to the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 5, 2020. -- (Photo by: Todd Williamson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: (L-R) Brian Cox and Nicole Ansari-Cox attend the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Mark Duplass attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: 77th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Roman Griffin Davis arrives to the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 5, 2020. -- (Photo by: Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Thomasin McKenzie attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
British actor Kit Harington (R) and wife actress Rose Leslie arrive for the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards on January 5, 2020, at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)
British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw arrives for the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards on January 5, 2020, at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)
French composer Alexandre Desplat arrives for the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards on January 5, 2020, at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Annabelle Wallis attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Jodie Comer attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Christopher Abbott attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Molly Sims attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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HEAD-SCRATCHER: Sam Mendes’s 1917 leaps over Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino in a single take

Once upon a time in Hollywood, the HFPA handed the Best Director and Best Picture trophies to Sam Mendes over presumed frontrunners Martin Scorsese (The Irishman) and Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood). Mendes’s single-take World War I film, 1917, won both categories in a major upset — not too shabby for a movie that hasn’t even opened in general release yet. Mendes seemed almost apologetic about his jaw-dropping victory. “There’s not one director in the world who is not in the shadow of Martin Scorsese; I just had to say that,” the filmmaker said after winning the Best Director statue. We can honestly say that we expected 1917 to remain in the shadow of The Irishman throughout awards season. Suddenly, 1917 is the movie to beat.

HIGH: Michelle Williams is our choice for the night’s best acceptance speech 

Just when you thought that Michelle Williams gave the “best speech ever” at the Emmys last year, the Fosse/Verdon star went and said, “Hold my beer.” Taking the stage to accept her Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Limited Series, Williams seized the moment to make a rousing pro-choice statement. “As women and girls, things happen to our body that are not our choice,” Williams said. “I wouldn’t have been able to do this without employing a woman’s right to choose — to choose when to have my children and with whom.” (That was a not-so-thinly-veiled reference to recent news that Williams is pregnant and engaged to Fosse/Verdon director, Tommy Kail.) As presenter Tiffany Haddish vocally cheered her on in the background, the actress went on to encourage women to make their choices known at the ballot box. “When it is time to vote, please do so in your own self-interest. It’s what men have been doing for years.” We’d totally vote for a Williams/Haddish ticket in 2020. 

LOW: Quentin Tarantino makes it all about himself 

Typically, a winner uses his or her acceptance speech to thank the others who helped him get to the dais. But Quentin Tarantino had no trouble thanking… himself, in one of the night’s many lackluster speeches. “I don’t really have anyone to thank for writing; I did it,” the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood writer and director said after nabbing the Globe for Best Screenplay. It’s a me-first reaction that definitely got attention on Twitter, with some loving Tarantino’s honesty and others cringing at his ego. To be fair, Tarantino did thank the cast for taking his script to another level, and one of those cast members schooled him in what an acceptance speech should sound like...

HIGH: Brad Pitt makes it all about LDC 

Most people couldn’t get away with referring to Leonardo DiCaprio as “LDC.” But then, Brad Pitt isn’t most people. DiCaprio’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood co-star charmed the audience with a slyly funny, and entirely humble acceptance speech that’s a warm-up for his almost certain repeat victory at the Oscars next month. “I wouldn’t be here without you, man,” he told LDC, before slipping in the mother of all Titanic references. “I would have shared the raft.” Pitt’s parting shot to the crowd was even funnier. “I wanted to bring my mom, but I couldn’t because any woman I stand next to, they say I’m dating and it’d just be awkward,” Pitt said, as the cameras cut to his ex-wife, Jennifer Aniston, cracking up. Nice to see there’s no apparent awkwardness between those two former friends

HIGH: Awkwafina makes history

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: 77th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Actress Awkwafina in the press after winning the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy for The Farewell at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 5, 2020. --  (Photo by Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

The actress took home the trophy for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy for her moving turn in The Farewell, and she was the first actress of Asian descent to do so. In fact, she’s the first actress of Asian descent to win a lead actress Golden Globe for any film. “I just heard that fact and it was pretty mind blowing,” Awkwafina told reporters backstage at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. “There’s also this other feeling that you want there to be more and I hope this is just the beginning.” History was also made in the Best Original Score category when Joker composer Hildur Guðnadóttir became the first female solo winner in this category. (Lisa Gerrard shared the statuette with Hans Zimmer for Gladiator in 2001.)

LOW: Holy F-bombs, Batman! Joaquin Phoenix’s acceptance speech was a crime

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal Media, LLC,  Joaquin Phoenix accepts the award for BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE - DRAMA for "Joker" onstage during the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 5, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal Media, LLC via Getty Images)

With the vocal endorsement of such capital-A actors as Cate Blanchett and Jessica Chastain, Joaquin Phoenix is poised to win every award in sight for his scarily committed title performance in Joker. But he didn’t necessarily put the best foot forward in his first acceptance speech, a rambling, F-bomb-heavy affair that was repeatedly bleeped by NBC censors. “We all know there’s no f****** competition between us,” he said to his fellow nominees upon taking the stage. Later, he added, “Contrary to popular belief, I don’t want to rock the boat, but the boat is f****** rocked.” That’s why you always need a Bat-life preserver in your utility belt. 

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Actor Tom Cruise and Antonia Kidman (Nicole Kidman's sister) attend the 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 23, 2000 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actor Tom Cruise attends the 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 23, 2000 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
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Actress Sigourney Weaver attends the 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 23, 2000 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actress Julia Roberts and actor Benjamin Bratt attend the 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 23, 2000 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actress Sharon Stone and husband Phil Bronstein attend the 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 23, 2000 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actor Dylan McDermott and wife Shiva Rose attend the 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 23, 2000 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actress Elizabeth Hurley and actor Hugh Grant attend the 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 23, 2000 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actress Catherine Keener and actress Cameron Diaz attend the 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 23, 2000 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
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Actor Matt Damon and actress Winona Ryder attend the 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 23, 2000 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
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HEAD-SCRATCHER: Disney missed out on an animation statue thanks to Missing Link 

With Frozen 2, The Lion King and Toy Story 4 in contention, Disney had three chances to win the Golden Globe for Best Animated feature. Instead, the statue went to Missing Link, a movie that no one saw coming… mostly because almost nobody saw the film in the first place. The stop-motion animated film from Laika only grossed $16 million during its brief theatrical run in April, the studio’s lowest-grossing movie to date. In the end, though, the Mouse House was MIA as Missing Link celebrated an upset victory that should increase its streaming revenue. 

HIGH: Phoebe Waller-Bridge thanks Obama — and means it

After Fleabag won the award for best comedy, its creator and star expressed her gratitude to former President Barack Obama for including the show on his list of the movies and TV shows he enjoyed in 2019. “I’d like to thank Obama for putting us on his list as some of you know, he’s always been on mine,” she teased, referencing a scene in the first season of Fleabag in which her character is sexually aroused by him.

HIGH: Tom Hanks tears up 

The actor has received a boatload of awards over his illustrious career, but he was truly touched when he accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in film, visibly choking up while thanking his family. His entire speech was humble, as always, and he thanked the many actors he has shared scenes with over the past four decades. “You’re a dope if you don’t steal from everybody you’ve ever worked with and I’ve stolen from the likes of the people that only need one name,” he said, calling out Meg (Ryan), Denzel (Washington) and Meryl (Streep).

LOW: Netflix whimpered, rather than roared 

Heading into the Golden Globes, Netflix seemed poised to make history with a whopping 34 nominations across the movies and television categories. In the end, though, the streaming giant only took home a single statue: Laura Dern’s Best Supporting Actress victory for Marriage Story. That’s a mighty reversal of fortune for Netflix in general and its marquee attraction, Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, in particular. After dominating early predictions, the film was completely shut out in all nominated categories.  

HEAD-SCRATCHER: Ramy Youssef comes out of nowhere

As the star of Hulu’s Ramy stood onstage, he joked, “Look, I know you guys haven’t seen my show.” Even he was surprised to clinch the win for best actor in a musical or comedy TV series. He faced tough competition: Bill Hader (Barry), Paul Rudd (Living With Yourself), Ben Platt (The Politician) and last year’s winner in the category, Michael Douglas, for The Kominsky Method. “My mom, also, by the way, was rooting for Michael Douglas,” Youssef cracked.

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