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Jacqueline Bisset's s-bomb evades NBC censors; viewers wonder if she's drunk

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Jacqueline Bisset poses backstage with her award for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie for her role in "Dancing on the Edge" at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 12, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) - RTX17BI2

Every year, there is one. One actor who offers a truly weird Golden Globes acceptance speech. 

Last year, it was Jodie Foster. This year, the honor goes to the Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie: Jacqueline Bisset.

After taking an eternity to make it to the stage, the five-time nominee and former steamy screen siren let out a surprise "s**t", which slipped past the NBC censors, and aired on the live broadcast Sunday night. Eyebrows continued to rise as Bisset, 69, rambled long past the "get-off-the-stage-now" music.

"Thank you very much Hollywood Foreign Press, I am absolutely shaking, I can't believe this. You have nominated me about five times, anyway. OK... Scottish background to the front. I always wanted to do something for the BBC, and we did this and this was great," the "Dancing on Edge" star said. "Chiwetel, can I tell you? Can I see Chiwetel? I need him for inspiration. Where is he? Okay... I’m sorry. I’m going to get this together. I want to thank the people who have given me joy, and there have been many. And the people who have given me s**t, I say it like my mother ‑‑ what did she say? She used to say, 'Go to hell, and don’t come back.'"

Cue the awkward laughter in the room.

And in the Twitterverse, many started questioning whether Bisset was at least a little loaded.

"Was Jacqueline Bisset drunk or weird?" One viewer questioned, others called it a "train wreck of a speech," another referred to the star as "a favorite drunk aunt," while another tweeted: "Cate Blanchett brought back old Hollywood glamour, Jacqueline Bisset just brought back old Hollywood drunk."

But backstage, the dazed looking Bisset seemed shocked when questioned about her acceptance speech, and the notion that it would likely be widely discussed. Rather, when her name was called, the English actress was wondering why she still hadn't received the dinner she was expecting.

"My remarks, I can’t really remember what I said, actually," Bisset said. "And I forgot to mention my director, Steven Poliakoff, who I admire enormously. We had a very good cast. Steven was a joy, brilliant man, director."

And in yet another burst of bizarre, Bisset launched into a comparison between crying and filming sex scenes.

"My skin is very alive with emotion and I can get there quickly. Sometimes it’s better not to get there. As in life, too much emotion freaks people out and often is better not to do something than to do it," she added. "But the one thing you have to resist usually as an actress is to resist crying, because crying, the audience goes, 'oh, my goodness,' and you have to wait to get over it. It is a bit like sex scenes. Unless the dialogue goes right through the sex scene and the characters you’re watching, the audience is embarrassed and waits, and it is not that complimentary."

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