Inevitably, there are always wonderful moments and not-so-great moments in awards shows — what matters is the ratio.
At the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards, after a hilarious start from co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, things got a bit slow. There was a collection of name-list speeches, and several no-shows that dragged the ceremony down.
But thanks in part to alcohol, humor and heartfelt speeches, the awards show picked up around midway and rode a high wave all the way to the finish.
Here, in no particular order, are the best and worst moments of the 2013 Golden Globes.
BEST: Tina Fey & Amy Poehler Hosting
These two are the equivalent of comedic gold. They were truly funny every moment they shared the stage — and even when they weren’t (as stars of two “faux” films nominated for laughs).
BEST: Jodie Foster’s Acceptance Speech
The legendary actress <a href=”http://news.moviefone.com/2013/01/13/jodie-foster-golden-globes-speech_n_2469446.html?1358138507″>may or may not have come out</a> as a lesbian (we think she did), and she may or may not have retired from acting (we don’t think she did), but in any case, her speech was the highlight of the night. Touching and heartfelt all at once.
WORST: Taylor Swift’s Losing Face
When Adele won for Best Original Song for ‘Skyfall,’ Taylor Swift could not hide her disdain. Rumor has it she abruptly left the theater after her loss. Keep it classy!
WORST: Tommy Lee Jones’ Angry Face
We’ve heard that Jones can be a bit prickly, but c’mon, Sacha Baron Cohen was hilarious! When we saw Jones’ expressionless scowl we almost turned to stone.
BEST: Adele’s Acceptance Speech
Endearing and jovial, the British singer injected some much-needed life into the ceremony. Take note, dull actors: this is how you have fun.
WORST: Aida Takla O’Reilly’s Creepy Speech
OK, the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was sort of cute to start out, but then things delved into creepy and pervy territory when she awkwardly tried to pick up Bradley Cooper.
BEST: Anne Hathaway’s Acceptance Speech
Wordy and gushing with happiness, the young actress praised the female actors who came before her, and generated quite the Twitter buzz, too.
WORST: Quentin Tarantino’s Acceptance Speech
Yeah, we don’t know what he was saying either. He’ll regret that in the morning.
BEST: Sacha Baron Cohen’s Jokes
This guy knows how to bring the funny — and honestly, it’s just great to see someone in Hollywood poke fun at other actors.
BEST: Jennifer Lawrence’s Acceptance Speech
Now officially the youngest actress to ever be nominated for two Best Actress awards, Lawrence almost blew it by gloating that she “beat Meryl.” Luckily, she was quick to correct herself and get a few laughs from the crowd.
ABSOLUTE BEST: Kristen Wiig And Will Ferrell’s Presentation
Just hilarious from start to finish. Our faces hurt after this award presentation.