From predictable wins and surprising confessions to hilarious crowd reactions, these are the moments from the 2024 Golden Globes that we can't stop thinking about.
If the Golden Globes feel different this year, that’s because they are. The award ceremony, held by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), has been plagued by accusations of corruption, racism, sexism, and sexual misconduct in recent years. With a small voting body of 100, formerly led by the disgraced Philip Berk, who was expelled in 2021, the members of the Golden Globes were repeatedly accused of bribery, allowing for undeserved wins. Furthermore, it criminally overlooked female directors, had no Black members in its ranks, and the list of complaints goes on. The ceremony was boycotted by the industry and its broadcast partner in 2021.
This year, all of the previous members have been booted out and replaced by a more democratic and diverse group of journalists from around the world. Now 300 strong, with 47 percent females and only 40 percent white participants, the association is repositioning itself. The evidence is in its nominations, and today, its wins. The glorious Da’Vine Joy Randolph kicked off the night, securing a win for Best Actress in a Motion Picture for The Holdovers, the Greta Gerwig-directed Barbie picked up a win in the newly minted category of Cinematic and Box Office Achievement, Ali Wong won Best Performance for Beef, and Lily Gladstone scooped a much-deserved trophy for her role in Killers of the Flower Moon. Elsewhere, Succession predictably had a huge night, and Christopher Nolan snagged his first Golden Globes win after being nominated six times in the past, but there were surprises along the way. Elizabeth Debicki beat out Meryl Streep, Anatomy of a Fall trounced both Barbie and Oppenheimer on the Best Screenplay front, and Barbie lost in the Comedy Film category to Poor Things.
Hosted by Filipino comedian Jo Koy, whose groan-worthy jokes elicited plenty of funny reactions from the audience (see Harrison Ford), the Golden Globes didn't have a perfect night, but it does seem to be on its way to a thorough rebrand. Let’s check in on some of the best pop culture moments of the night.
Rosamund Pike Throws the Baby Out with the Bathwater
Pre-show, Rosamund Pike graced the red carpet doing her best Lady Elspeth impression in a fabulous vintage Dior gown and Philip Treacy headpiece. Her association with her character in Saltburn followed her onto the red carpet when she was asked about a Jacob Elordi bathwater-scented candle. “But he’s my son. It gets a bit creepy,” she protested, refusing to sniff the candle. If you’ve seen the film, you’d understand why.
Timothée Chalamet and Kylie Jenner's PDA is Very Public
The cameraman is either getting a raise or getting fired. Social media users pointed out that during commercial breaks, the camera hovered on Timothée Chalamet and Kylie Jenner, who were enjoying date night at the Golden Globes with a very lovey-dovey display. The moment quickly went viral. It gave some of us the ick, but regardless, if this was a machination by momager Kris Jenner, she once again proves that no one works harder for her family. Not even the devil.
Ayo Edebiri's Chaotic Acceptance Speech
Picking up a win for her role in The Bear, Ayo Edebiri won over the hearts and minds of the viewing public with a pure and totally chaotic acceptance speech. In it, she thanked her Bear family, her real family, “all of my agent’s and manager’s assistants,” and concluded, “If I forgot to thank you, I’m sorry…unless you were mean or something.” After the moment went viral, one social media user astutely dubbed her “the people’s princess.”
Kieran Culkin Can't Help Himself
In accepting his first Golden Globes win, Kieran Culkin simply couldn’t hold back from being… himself. He deftly self-deprecated but also got in a hilarious dig at a fellow nominee. “Suck it, Pedro, sorry. Mine!” he joked from stage while the camera panned over to a laughing Pedro Pascal. This joke was singlehandedly better than anything Jo Koy’s writers came up with all night.
Ali Wong Hard Launches New Romance With Bill Hader
What a way to announce a new relationship! Beef star Ali Wong, before getting up to accept her win, gave a quick peck to a bespectacled gentleman seated to her left. It turns out it was none other than Barry star and former SNL alum Bill Hader. No one had realized they were an item. Social media went wild for the epic hard launch.
Brie Larson Confesses
If we met Jennifer Lopez, we'd probably freak out, lose all our chill, and cry, which is exactly what Brie Larson did on the red carpet when she spotted JLo walking up behind her. Larson nearly burst into tears, and as soon as Lopez turned to face her, she burst out with a surprising confession, “I saw Selena, and it made me want to be an actor. You've always meant so much to me.” Celebrities can be completely unchill, too.
Jennifer Lawrence Threatens to Leave
Jennifer Lawrence, who was nominated in the Comedy category for No Hard Feelings, took a moment where she knew all eyes were on her to hilariously threaten to walk out if she didn’t win. Mouthing the words to the camera, Lawrence reminded us, once again, that she has the funny bone necessary to carry a comedy film. However, she quickly erupted into wild, enthusiastic applause when her friend Emma Stone snagged the trophy for her starring role in Poor Things. Funny and generous, what’s not to love?
Selena Gomez Spills Piping Hot Tea
In a moment that has not only gone mega-viral but is already being analyzed to death by TikTok "experts," Selena Gomez was spotted on camera sharing some piping hot tea with her friend Taylor Swift and Swift's seatmate Keleigh Teller. Lip readers are assuming that the gossip had something to do with Gomez asking for a photo with Timothée Chalamet and being told in no uncertain terms by Kylie Jenner, "No." Whatever she said, Swift and Teller's reactions were huge. If only Gomez had been mic'd up for this moment.