Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars stumbled over their speeches at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards, seeming unprepared as they wept, stuttered, cursed, sung and shook on stage.
But unlike the rest, the ever-cool Bryan Cranston, a.k.a Walter White, remained poised as he graced the stage for two awards in a row. He took home the honor of Best Actor in a Drama TV Series, and “Breaking Bad” won Best Drama TV Series.
Cranston and his co-stars kept it cool, but calm acceptance speeches were scarce at the boozy awards show, which serves as a dress rehearsal to the Academy Awards.
As "12 Years a Slave" director Steven McQueen accepted the award for Best Movie Drama, he repeatedly asked one of his stars to smack him so he could remember what it is he wanted to say.
"I'm forgetting someone. I'm so sorry. I wasn't expecting this. Please hit me," he said. (Lupita Nyong'o then proceeded to give him a quick whack.)
Host Tina Fey ended the show by admitting it had its rough spots, "This is the beautiful mess we'd hoped it would be."
One big eyebrow-raising moment happened when Diane Keaton accepted the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award on behalf of Woody Allen, who famously skips out on awards shows. During her speech, the audio cut out for a prolonged period, leaving viewers at home wondering if a technical glitch caused the silence or if Keaton was spewing profanities.
“I think Diane Keaton just put a curse on the audience?” one user tweeted.
Industry magazine the Hollywood Reporter added, “Is NBC itchy on the five-second delay, or did Diane Keaton just curse like a trucker who teaches cursing to sailors?”
Keaton also received mixed reviews for the conclusion of her speech—she sang the chorus of “Make New Friends” a cappella as a tribute to Allen.
“Hello 911? I’d like to report a horrific train wreck. It’s on TV. It’s Diane Keaton,” one viewer tweeted. Meanwhile, some defended the star’s speech, “Diane Keaton can do no wrong.”
The award for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie was handed out to Jaqueline Bisset for “Dancing on the Edge,” who paused to gather herself before accepting her award and spewing curse words, which were bleeped out by the network.
The first award of the evening, Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, went to a shaky Jennifer Lawrence for “American Hustle.”
“I actually did watch all of the movies this year—not all of them, but you know what I mean,” she said nervously as the audience laughed. “Thank you to my family and my team, and I’m sorry I’m shaking so much.”
Later during the presentation, a hiccup with the teleprompter befuddled some of the presenters.
“I’m not going to lie to you, right now, they put up the wrong stuff on the teleprompter,” Jonah Hill said as he took the stage. “Let’s just be real about it. That was not for us.” Hill and co-star Margot Robbie awkwardly read their “Wolf of Wall Street” intro from a piece of paper that was brought to them on stage.
Jon Voight took home the Golden Globe for Supporting Actor in a TV Series, Miniseries or TV Movie for his role in “Ray Donovan.”
“I’m as nervous as everybody else,” Voight said. “What happened?”
Even host Amy Poehler struggled through her acceptance speech for Best Actress in Musical or Comedy for "Parks and Recreation."
“Woo ‘Parks!’ I’ve never won anything like this. Oh my God I didn’t have a speech,” she said through heavy breaths. “This is so cliché, but you get really nervous… I never win so I can’t believe I won.”
Emma Thompson seemed less phased by the awards show, taking the stage with her shoes in one hand and a martini in another.
“Where’s the envelope,” she said tossing her shoes over her shoulder as it was time to announce the winner of Best Screenplay. The award went to Spike Jonze for “Her.”
As the night kicked off, comedy buddies Fey and Poehler opened their much-anticipated Globes hosting gig with a stand-up style roast of some of Hollywood’s biggest names.
Taking jabs at stars like Tom Hanks, Hill and Matt Damon, the Fey and Poehler brought laughter to the Globes.
Poehler said that in such a starry crowd, Damon was "basically a garbage person." The Tracy Letts play adaptation "August: Osage County," starring Meryl Streep, Fey said, proved "that there are great parts in Hollywood for Meryl Streeps over 60."
“'Gravity’ is nominated for best film. It’s a story about how George Clooney would rather float away into space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age,” Fey quipped as the audience of celebs roared.
The two kept the mood light during the show, popping on stage at unexpected times—like when Poehler interrupted the presentation of Miss Golden Globe in a wig, pretending to be Fey’s child, Mr. Golden Globe. The duo moved the awards show along as actors often ran over time with their disorganized acceptance speeches, prompting the familiar “wrap it up” music to hurry them off stage.
Other big winners of the night included Leonardo DiCaprio, who won for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical for “The Wolf of Wall Street;” Amy Adams, who won Best Actress in Musical or Comedy for "American Hustle;" Matthew McConaughey, who won Best Actor in a Drama for "Dallas Buyers Club" and Michael Douglas, who won Best Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for "Behind the Candelabra."
The show “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” won Best TV Series for a Musical or Comedy, and “Frozen” won Best Animated Film.