Our favourite quotes from the Golden Globes

By Efrosini Costa

Our favourite quotes from the Golden Globes
There were so many highlights from last night's big event, if you missed it don't despair, here is our roundup of the best bits.

Our favourite actors have that uncanny ability to sum up so much in so few words when accepting an award…probably because they live in fear of being cut off by the wind-up music. Most move us, sometimes to tears, many leave us with laughter and some even make us think. Here are our favourite moments from the Golden Globes podium, see if yours are here too:

Kevin Spacey, who won his first Golden Globe after eight nominations, left us chuckling after this honest expression of his glee:

“This is just the beginning of my revenge … this is the eighth time I’ve been nominated. I can’t f*****g believe I won. I just want to be better. I just want to be better. But this is very encouraging.”

Who could resist Hollywood’s sexiest man alive George Clooney expressing his love for his new wife, Amal:

“Listen: It’s a humbling thing when you find someone to love — even better when you’ve been waiting your whole life. And when your whole life is 53 years, Amal, whatever alchemy it is that brought us together, I couldn’t be more proud to be your husband.”

and his touching message for his fellow actors as he accepted his lifetime achievement award…

“If you’re in the room, you’ve grabbed the brass ring. You are all winners.You get to do what you’ve always dreamed to do and be celebrated for it, and that just… it ain’t losing. I don’t remember what awards Lauren Bacall won. I just remember her saying, ‘You know how to whistle, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.’ And I have no idea what kind of hardware Robin Williams took home. But I sure remember “carpe diem” and, ‘Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.’ I never forget that.” 

Newcomer Gina Rodriguez won Best Actress in a TV – Comedy for Jane the Virgin reminded us why we should never give up on our dreams:

“This award is so much more than myself. It represents a culture that wants to be seen as heroes.My father used to tell me to say every morning, ‘Today’s going to be a great day, and I can, and I will,’” she said. “Well, daddy, today is a great day. I can, and I did.”

Amazon’s original series Transparent won Best TV Series – Comedy and Best Actor in a TV – Comedy for Jeffrey Tambor, but it also sent out an important message of support for the LGBT community everywhere:

“This award is dedicated to the memory of Leelah Alcorn and too many trans people who die too young.” —’Transparent’ Creator Jill Soloway

“Thank you for your courage, thank you for your inspiration, thank you for your patience, and thank you for letting us be part of the change.” — Jeffrey Tambor to the trans community

The rapper Common reminded us that some of the films had much to tell us both on and off screen, when he accepted best song Glory for the Martin Luther King Jr. film Selma:

“As I got to know the people of the Civil Rights movement, I realised, I am the hopeful black woman who was denied her right to vote. I am the caring white supporter killed on the front lines of freedom. I am the unarmed black kid who maybe needed a hand, but instead was given a bullet. I am the two fallen police officers murdered in the line of duty.”

Joanne Froggatt, of Downton Abbey was humbled by winning Best Supporting Actress – TV, she dedictaed her speech to the rape survivor who wrote to her following her award-winning storyline:

“After this storyline aired, I received a small number of letters from survivors of rape, and one woman summed up the thoughts of many by saying she wasn’t sure why she’d written but she’d just felt in some ways she wanted to be heard. And I’d just like to say, I heard you, and I hope saying this so publicly means in some way you feel the world hears you.”

Finally who else summed up the amazing female talent nominated at this year’s award than Maggie Gyllenhaal, when she accepted her award for The Honourable Woman:

“When I look around the room at the women who are in here and I think about the performances I’ve watched this year, what I see actually are women who are sometimes powerful, sometimes not, sometimes sexy, sometimes not, sometimes honourable, sometimes not … that’s what I think is revolutionary, evolutionary, and that’s what’s turning me on.”

Of course the girl power was also felt in the inspiring acceptance speeches from the Best Actress winners on the night…

Amy Adams who walked away with an award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical for her role in Big Eyes:

 “I have so many wonderful female role models here tonight. It’s just so wonderful that women today have such a strong voice and I have a 4-and-a-half-year-old and I’m so grateful to have all the women in this room. You speak to her so loudly. She watches everything, and she sees everything and I’m just so, so grateful for all of you women in this room who have such a lovely, beautiful voice.”

Meanwhile, Julianne Moore—who won Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama, for her role portraying a woman with Alzheimer’s disease in Still Alice—spoke about the difficulties in getting the movie made.

“When Lisa Genova wrote this book, she told me that no one wanted to make it into a movie because no one wanted to see a movie about a middle-aged woman. So I wanna thank the people who actually made the movie, James Brown and Lex Lutzus, Sony Classics and my good, good friends at Killer Films and this amazing cast, and our filmmakers, who, in the middle of their own crisis from a degenerate disease, ALS, decided they wanted to make movies.”

What do you think, did we sum up the best moments well? Are there any that we missed? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.


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