The best moments from the Golden Globes 2024

The best moments from the Golden Globes 2024

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The Golden Globes, held Sunday night at the Beverly Hilton, marked the first major awards show since the end of the Hollywood strikes, and A-listers showed up in droves. Host Jo Koy spent a good chunk of his opening monologue praising nominee Meryl Streep. Angela Bassett presented the first award. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon handed best director to Christopher Nolan, who began his speech by expressing gratitude for star Robert Downey Jr., who won earlier in the night.

The television wins kept it in the family: HBO’s “Succession” landed best drama series, in addition to wins for cast members Kieran Culkin, Matthew Macfadyen and Sarah Snook. FX’s “The Bear” triumphed in comedy, as did stars Ayo Edebiri and Jeremy Allen White. Actors Ali Wong and Steven Yeun won for Netflix’s “Beef,” which was deemed best limited series.

Over in film, “Poor Things” followed Emma Stone’s acting win by landing best comedy — sorry, “Barbie”! — while “Oppenheimer” was a more predictable victory in drama after Downey’s and Nolan’s victories. Buzzy Oscar probables Lily Gladstone (“Killers of the Flower Moon”) and Paul Giamatti (“The Holdovers”) each won, too, but there were still some surprises among the film categories. “The Holdovers” star Da’Vine Joy Randolph beat the likes of Jodie Foster and Julianne Moore for best female actor in a supporting role, while “Anatomy of a Fall” bested “Barbie,” “Poor Things” and other front-runners for best screenplay. The French thriller, directed and co-written by Justine Triet, also won best international feature.

Keep reading to find out what you missed from the 81st Golden Globes.

Jo Koy’s rough monologue

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Hosting any awards show is a thankless task — and a virtual guarantee that you will be roasted on social media — so it’s not surprising that the Globes couldn’t find a host until about two weeks before the show. Comedian Jo Koy expressed gratitude for landing the gig, but then quickly threw his writers under the bus when some of his jokes didn’t land.

“I got the gig 10 days ago, you want a perfect monologue? Shut up!” Koy said, after a mixed response to a jab about “Barbie.” (“The key moment in ‘Barbie’ is when she goes from perfect beauty to bad breath, cellulite and flat feet — or what casting directors call ‘characters actors.’”)

“You’re kidding me right?” Koy continued. “I wrote some of these, and they’re the ones you’re laughing at.”

On social media, the audience was not impressed by his digs about weight-loss drug Ozempic (“’The Color Purple’ is also what happens to your butt when you take Ozempic”), or Koy’s comparison about how “Oppenheimer” was based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning book while “Barbie” was based on “a plastic doll with big boobies.” Koy blamed his writers again when he said that Imelda Staunton’s portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II was so good in “The Crown” that “Prince Harry called her and asked for money.”

“Like I said, I didn’t write all these,” he said. “That wasn’t mine!”

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