The 80th annual Golden Globe awards took place last night in Beverly Hills and as much as some of my readers are sick of self-congratulatory displays amongst highly paid celebs, the evening was an unusually emotional one with what felt like many sincere thanks and tributes. Celebrities ignored, or in Michelle Yeoh’s case reprimanded, the musical cue to stop speaking and instead took their time with their speeches, making a point of singling out those to whom they were grateful or admired.
Golden Globes Heartfelt Moments
While it’s customary for the press to get the red carpet photos of the arrivals and each winner posing with their Golden Globe statuette, these are other photos taken by the press that are less often seen by the public.
Nervous, shocked, blissful, grateful, intimate and heartfelt moments of or between celebrities – whether meeting for the first time or having been lifelong friends. Some of these moments occur in front of everyone, others take place backstage or behind the scenes.
These are some of those photos from the 2023 Golden Globes we’ve decided to feature. Especially with the ubiquitous lists of the winners, youtube clips of speeches and red carpet photos you can easily find elsewhere.
Of course those of you who tend toward cynicism will claim these people, aware of the cameras, are always “on” but we believe these photos caught genuine emotion.
Many of the night’s presenters, winners and honorees made tear-inducing speeches. By now most everyone has seen clips of Jennifer Coolidge’s unabashedly honest speech describing her feelings about Mike White, moving him (and us) to tears. Her disclosing her struggle in Hollywood, surviving on bit parts here and there for years, prior to this recent success, moved every single person in the room. And millions at home.
Billy Porter’s introduction to Honoree Ryan Murphy was undeniably personal and Murphy, in turn, benevolently used his time at the podium to honor other achievements by actors in the LGTBQ+ community and inspire future ones.
And Tracy Morgan’s introduction to Cecil B DeMille Honoree Eddie Murphy culminated in a sincere hug.
Always nice to see actors genuinely proud of one another’s work.
First time nominees and winners Quinta Brunson and Jeremy Allen White couldn’t have come off as more excited and genuine.
Whether it was due to the lack of human contact during the pandemic or just the experience of working together at a time when the future of humanity seems so precarious, bonds between cast members seemed deeper and more respectful than usual and there appeared to be more laughter, talking amongst tables and less snark than prior awards shows.
And that was really nice to see.
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