Golden Globe Awards highlights: 'Oppenheimer,' 'Beef,' 'The Bear,' 'Poor Things,' 'Succession' win big, Jo Koy takes a jab at Taylor Swift

The best and the most cringe-worthy moments from the 2024 Golden Globe Awards

Golden Globe Awards 2024: 'Oppenheimer,' 'Beef,' 'The Bear,' 'Poor Things' win big, Jo Koy takes a jab at Taylor Swift (Getty Images)
Golden Globe Awards 2024: 'Oppenheimer,' 'Beef,' 'The Bear,' 'Poor Things' win big, Jo Koy takes a jab at Taylor Swift (Getty Images)

In the 2024 Golden Globe Awards, Oppenheimer, Poor Things, Succession, The Bear and Beef took the top awards of the night, with host Jo Koy getting some mixed reactions for his comedy throughout the event.

While Barbie went into the ceremony with the most award nominations for a movie, 10 in total, it only won in two categories. The film received the inaugural award for cinematic and box office achievement, and “What Was I Made For?” by Billie Eilish O’Connell and Finneas O’Connell won Best Original Song.

Here are the most memorable moment from the 81st Golden Globe Awards:

Jo Koy roasts Barry Keoghan, Robert De Niro and Taylor Swift, struggling for laughs

Golden Globes host Jo Koy opened the show with a monologue that got a few laughs, but with several awkward moments, taking shots at Saltburn star Barry Keoghan, Robert De Niro and Taylor Swift.

Early in the night, Koy spoke about how Meryl Streep always wins at the Golden Globes, and had her do the crossed-arm Wakanda gesture from Black Panther.

Koy then shifted his attention to Robert De Niro, taking a jab at the 80-year-old for welcoming his seventh child, Gia, with Tiffany Chen, just last year.

"Your last performance has got to be your greatest performance ever. How'd you get her pregnant at 80? CGI?" Koy said.

Speaking to Saltburn star Barry Keoghan, Koy asked him, "Where is your penis seated? Down front? That was the real star of the show."

Koy also spoke about the film The Color Purple, saying that's, "what happens to your butt when you take Ozempic."

Then Koy stepped things up a notch by taking a shot at Taylor Swift, a risky move with the power of the Swifties.

"The big difference between the Golden Globes and the NFL? On the Golden Globes, we have fewer camera shots of Taylor Swift," Koy said.

At that moment, the camera cuts to Swift who takes a sip of her drink. Seemingly, she wasn't particularly entertained by the joke.

But Koy did stress in the middle of his monologue that he only had 10 days to prepare for the role of Golden Globes host.

"I got the gig 10 days ago. You want a perfect monologue? Yo, shut up. You’re kidding me, right?" Koy said. "Slow down, I wrote some of these and they're the ones you're laughing at."

Lily Gladstone makes Golden Globe Awards history

Killers of the Flower Moon star Lily Gladstone took home the award for best actress in a film (drama), the first Indigenous woman to win the award.

Gladstone started the historic acceptance speech in the Blackfeet language.

"I am so grateful I can speak even a little bit of my language, which I’m not fluent in up here, because in this business, Native actors used to speak their lines in English, and the sound mixer would run them backwards to accomplish Native languages on camera," Gladstone said.

She went on to thank co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, and the film's director Martin Scorsese.

"You are all changing things, thank you for being such allies," Gladestone said.

"This is for every little rez kid, every little urban kid, every little Native kid out there who has a dream, who is seeing themselves represented in our stories told by ourselves, in our own words, with tremendous allies and tremendous trust from within and from each other."

'Suck it, Pedro'

The final season of Succession swept on the television (drama) side of the Golden Globes, but it was Kieran Culkin's award acceptance speech for best actor in a TV series that really sticks out.

"I was nominated for a Golden Globe like 20 years ago and when that moment passed I sort of remember thinking, 'I’m never going to be back in this room again.' Which was fine," Culkin said.

"But thanks to Succession, I’ve been in here a couple times, it’s nice, but I sort of accepted I was never going to be on this stage, so this is a nice moment. Suck it, Pedro. Sorry."

And at the moment, the camera turns to Pedro Pascal, who was nominated in the category as well for The Last of Us, and Pascal is fake crying. We love a little fun at awards shows.

'If I forgot to thank you, I’m sorry, unless you were mean or something'

Not only was it wonderful to watch Ayo Edebiri win the award for Best Actress in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy, for The Bear, she also had the most genuinely relatable acceptance speech.

"I am so very grateful for this. I’m in a room full of so many people who I admire and whose work has lifted me up," The Bear star said. "I’m an artist and I’m very lucky to be an artist, and I know we all feel that way, so I just really want to acknowledge that."

"Everybody at The Bear. That’s my family. I love you guys so much it’s an honour to work with you and grow alongside you. And oh my gosh the actors I was nominated alongside also, and my real family also. I love you guys too. There’s so many people who I probably forgot to thank. Oh my god, all of my agents' and managers' assistants. To the people who answer my emails. Y’all are real ones. Thank you for answering my crazy, crazy emails. I’m really, really grateful. If I forgot to thank you, I’m sorry, unless you were mean or something."

'Beef' star Steven Yeun felt like he was in 'Frozen'

It was a big night for the Netflix series Beef.

Ali Wong won the Golden Globe for Female Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or a Motion Picture Made for Television, beating Riley Keough for Daisy Jones & The Six, Brie Larson for Lessons In Chemistry, Elizabeth Olsen for Love & Death, Juno Temple for Fargo, and Rachel Weisz for Dead Ringers.

Additionally, Beef star Steven Yeun won the award for Male Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or a Motion Picture Made for Television. The other nominees in the category were Matt Bomer for Fellow Travelers, Sam Claflin for Daisy Jones & The Six, Jon Hamm for Fargo, Woody Harrelson for White House Plumbers, and David Oyelowo for Lawmen: Bass Reeves.

Wong and Yeun are both the first actors of Asian descent to win in those categories.

In Yeun's acceptance speech, he likened himself to Elsa in Disney's Frozen.

"The story I usually tell of myself, to myself, is one of isolation and like, separateness, and then you come up here and you have this moment and you can only just think about everyone else," Yeun said. "And that feels like the plot of Frozen, I just noticed."

Celebrating writers after the Writers Guild of America strike

Hailee Steinfeld, Daniel Kaluuya and Shameik Moore honoured the work of writers, after the Writers Guild of America was on strike for 148 days last year.

Kaluuya said, "to demonstrate the importance of writers and writing," their segment was written by studio executives instead.

"What is up, Shameik?," Kaluuya said.

"Not much, Daniel," Moore said in response. "How are you, Hailee?"

"I am relatable. I am enjoy the Golden Globs. Do you agree?" Steinfeld said.

"We are here with my fellow actors for the awards show that we are having together to present the category of the writing," Kaluuya went on to say.

Paul Giamatti dedicates his award for 'The Holdovers' to teachers

One of the best award acceptance speeches of the night came from Paul Giamatti for his role in Alexander Payne's The Holdovers, starting by saying there are too many stairs to get to the stage.

"My knees are shot, I'm telling you," Giamatti said. "Up and down all night, standing up and sitting down all night, my knees. I'm never going to be in John Wick 5 at this rate."

"Surely this is the first time this award has been given to an actor who has played a man who smells like fish. Thank you Golden Globes."

Giamatti went on to thank Payne, who the actor also worked with in Sideways, before thanking the Boston-based cast and crew for The Holdovers. Finally, Giamatti dedicated the award to teachers.

"It’s a movie about a teacher, I play a teacher in it. My whole family, they're teachers. All of them, going back generations,” Giamatti said.

"Teachers are good people. Got to respect them. They do a good thing. It’s a tough job. So this is for teachers as well."

Simu Liu, Issa Rae on playing 'white people roles'

Canadian Simu Liu took to the stage of the 81st Golden Globe Awards, alongside Barbie co-star Issa Rae, to present the award for Best Television Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television.

The pair entertained the crowd, saying that they're hoping to continue to "push the boundaries" for the roles they can play, with Liu specifying, "white people roles."

"White people roles are the best, I mean, an alcoholic, divorced single father, fighting for custody," Liu said.

"An alcoholic housewife who's husband's affair drives her deeper into alcohol," Issa added.

"How about this, an alcoholic school teacher who must put their love of alcohol aside to inspire their class of inner city youths," Liu followed.

'Thank you to everybody, all the Barbies and Kens'

For the first time in Golden Globes history, an award was presented for cinematic and box office achievement, which went to Barbie.

"Thank you to everybody, all the Barbies and Kens in front of and behind the screen," the film's director and co-writer, Greta Gerwig, said. "It was the greatest, most joyful show of craftsmanship and passion I’ve ever seen."

"Thank you so much to the Golden Globes for creating an awards that celebrates movie fans. This is a movie about Barbie but it's also a movie about humans. It's about you. We made it for you and we made it with love," Margot Robbie added.