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The 2019 Golden Globes had its ups and downs, but overall it was a fun show. That's thanks in large part to Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh, who emceed the evening with an energy that was off the charts. They opted for humor over politics—a stark contrast to last year's ceremony, where attendees wore black in honor of Time's Up and #MeToo. Activism was still there on the red carpet, though, with celebrities wearing ribbons in support of the aforementioned movements.
Their shift in focus was intentional. "I know when Andy and I were talking about the feeling that I really want to bring, and really focus on, is just to have a moment of joy. Honestly, with who is going to be in that audience, the nominees this year, it excites me so tremendously for mostly because of the diversity in that room," Oh said of her and Samberg's hosting plans for the Globes.
And that's exactly what happened. The Golden Globes were, all things considered, a very joyous celebration of the best movies and TV shows of the year. Below, check out all the biggest moments from the evening.
1. All of Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg's positive burns. Instead of insulting the attendees, Oh and Samberg hit people with compliments. "Michael B. buff AF! You're a snack, Michael," they said to Michael B. Jordan, which...I see no lies. "The last time I checked, she resided in Heaven," Oh said of Gina Rodriguez. It was so wholesome! Kindness!
2. Oh and Samberg roasting Gaga for her "100 people in a room" comment. "There can be 100 people in the room, and 99 don't believe in you. But I had this one incredible talent with me," Gaga said about Bradley Cooper frequently on her press tour for A Star Is Born, to the point where it became a viral meme. Oh and Samberg winked at this quote during their opening monologue, and Gaga responded in good spirits.
3. Oh talking about what hosting the Golden Globes means for visibility. "Right now, this moment is real. Because I see you. I see you. All of these faces of change. And now, so will everyone else," she said.
4. Emma Stone yelling "I'm sorry" after Oh's joke about whitewashing films. Stone caught heat in 2015 for portraying a half-Asian woman in the movie Aloha.
Sandra Oh: ["Crazy Rich Asians"] is the first studio film with an Asian American lead since "Ghost in the Shell" and "Aloha."— David Mack (@davidmackau) January 7, 2019
Emma Stone [in the crowd]: I'M SORRY! pic.twitter.com/YI1S7sLvPH
5. Carol Burnett accepts the first-ever Carol Burnett Award. She received a standing ovation, naturally. "My thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. I'm really gobsmacked by this," she said. "Does this mean I get to accept it every year?" Yes! Yes, it does!
6. Taylor Swift popped up on stage and presented Best Original Song to Lady Gaga. They wrapped their arms around each other afterwards and walked offstage together. It's official: 2019 is the year of the pop icons.
7. Lady Gaga winning Best Original Song for "Shallow." No other song could've won this, honestly. Mark Ronson, one of the writer-producers behind the track, properly worshipped Gaga in his speech.
8. Fiji Water Girl. The Fiji Water model became the night's biggest meme, photobombing several celebrities on the red carpet.
9. Regina King vowing to include 50 percent women in all her future projects. She said this while accepting her award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for If Beale Street Could Talk. "I challenge anyone out there who is in a position of power...to challenge yourselves and do the same," she said.
"I challenge anyone out there who is in a position of power.to challenge yourselves and do the same." - Regina King on including 50% women in her future projects at the #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/dfargua5DG— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) January 7, 2019
10. Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph's on-stage banter. They made proposal jokes, Hollywood jokes—all kinds of jokes, really. I nominate them as hosts for next year's show.
11. Sandra Oh winning Best Lead Actress in a Television Series, Drama. She became the first Asian woman to score this honor. And her father gave her a standing ovation! It was truly the sweetest thing.
12. Sam Elliott's short speech about A Star Is Born. Followed by a short clip teasing A Star Is Born. I cried. You cried. We all cried. (He was nominated tonight for Best Supporting Actor for his work in the film.)
13. Melissa McCarthy passed out ham sandwiches to attendees. “I’ve been handing them out to everyone,” McCarthy told Variety. “Next year, I’m bringing hot dogs.” Olivia Colman even thanked McCarthy for the sandwiches during her acceptance speech for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical.
14. Glenn Close's emotional speech for Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama. She focused on how women have the right to be fulfilled in their professional and personal lives as well as their family lives. "I can do that. And I should be allowed to do that," Close said.