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7 must-know moments from Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards show

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7 must-know moments from Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards show


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The 76th Golden Globe Awards brought tears, laughter and even made history.
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Surprises abounded at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, where “Bohemian Rhapsody” proved a crowd-pleaser, winning best drama, and “Green Book” rode home with best comedy. More of the night’s most talked-about moments: 

1. Glenn Close pays tribute to mom in tearful girl-power speech. 

One of the biggest upsets of the night was in best actress in a drama, as Close bested “A Star Is Born” favorite Lady Gaga for her turn as a long-disregarded spouse in “The Wife.” Through tears, Close paid tribute to her own mother as she touched on the film’s themes of gender inequality, earning a standing ovation in the process. 

“I’m thinking of my mom, who really sublimated herself to my father her whole life, and in her 80s, she said to me, ‘I feel I haven’t accomplished anything,’ and it was so not right,” Close said. “Women, we’re nurturers, and that’s what’s expected of us … but we have to find personal fulfillment. We have to follow our dreams. We have to say, ‘I can do that’ and ‘I should be allowed to do that.’ ”

2. Emma Stone, Lady Gaga respond to Sandra Oh’s jabs in hilarious fashion. 

Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh’s monologue earned mixed notices, but there were a few priceless moments that saved the opening: Introducing “Crazy Rich Asians,” Oh called it the “first studio film with an Asian-American lead since ‘Ghost in the Shell’ and ‘Aloha,’ ” the latter of which starred Emma Stone as a part-Asian character. Offscreen, Stone could be heard yelling, “I’m sorry!” from the audience.

Shortly after, Oh took aim at Gaga, referencing the actress’ go-to interview anecdote about there being 100 people in a room “and you just need one to believe in you and that was Bradley Cooper.” Laughing, Gaga responded, “It’s true!” 

3. Regina King promises to produce projects with “50 percent women.”

King continued to clean up this awards season with a best supporting actress win for “If Beale Street Could Talk,” earning some of the biggest applause of the night. After shouting out fellow nominee Amy Adams (“Vice”), King took a bold stand for equal gender representation, saying, “I’m going to use my platform right now to say that in the next two years, everything I produce … is 50 percent women. And I challenge anyone that’s out there who is in a position of power, not just in our industry, all industries, I challenge you to challenge yourselves and stand with us in solidarity and do the same.”

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4. Sandra Oh makes history, gets emotional about diversity. 

Not only was Oh the first person of Asian descent to host the Golden Globes, but also the first woman of Asian descent to win best actress in a TV drama in more than three decades, for BBC America’s spy thriller “Killing Eve”. (The last was Yoko Shimada, who took the prize in 1981 for “Shogun.”)

Twitter lost its mind over Oh’s parents adorably celebrating in the audience, but also Oh’s tearful speech at the top of the show, when she recognized the diversity in this year’s nominees. “I said yes to the fear of being on this stage tonight because I wanted to be here to look out into this audience and witness this moment of change,” Oh said. “Trust me, it is real. Because I see you. And I see you. All these faces of change. And now, so will everyone else.”

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5. Christian Bale credits Satan for inspiring his performance as Dick Cheney. 

Looking decidedly trimmer than he does as Cheney in political satire “Vice,” Bale accepted the award for best actor in a comedy and wasted no time poking fun at the former vice president. “Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration for playing this role,” Bale said to laughs.

While some conservatives on Twitter found the call-out tasteless, one user was pleased: The Church of Satan, which tweeted, “To us, Satan is a symbol of pride, liberty and individualism, and it serves as an external metaphorical projection of our highest personal potential. As Mr. Bale’s own talent and skill won him the award, this is fitting.”

6. Ryan Seacrest gets thumbs down for Time’s Up bracelet. 

Lupita Nyong’o, Emily Blunt and Alison Brie won the red carpet with their dazzling and adventurous ensembles, but one look was roundly rejected by folks at home on social media: Seacrest, who paired his tuxedo with a black Time’s Up bracelet, the movement devoted to combating sexual harassment in the workplace and supporting equality. But many puzzled viewers found his choice of accessory strange, given that the TV host was accused by a former stylist of sexual misconduct last year (allegations which he denied). 

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7. Taylor Swift shows up unannounced to give Lady Gaga an award. 

Swift made a surprise appearance at the Globes, where she presented the awards for best original score and song with her “Cats” co-star Idris Elba. Swift’s pal, Lady Gaga, picked up the latter honor for her “A Star Is Born” tune “Shallow,” and the pop stars sweetly embraced before walking off stage together. It was the one and only Swift sighting of the evening, as the singer opted not to join her actor boyfriend Joe Alwyn at the table with his “The Favourite” co-stars. 

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