If you've got to watch a group of rich Hollywood celebrities hand each other trophies all night, you may as well give them something to drink before putting them on live TV. It's the three-part recipe the Golden Globes has perfected—celebrities, an open bar and live television—which makes it one of the more enjoyable shows of an award season that can sometimes feel longer than an Oscar red carpet.
The 2017 Golden Globes, for the most part, delivered a mix of the poignant and hilarious, from Meryl Streep's tremendous call to action against the hatred and intolerance of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and his ilk in her acceptance of the Cecil B. DeMille Award to Viola Davis' emotional Fences speech to Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig bringing people to tears with their hysterical recollections of the first animated films they ever saw as kids.
Host Jimmy Fallon even got a few decent zingers in—"This is the Golden Globes, one of the few places left where America still honours the popular vote"—although his anti-Trump quips failed to land with many of those watching, given the late night host tossed the U.S. President-elect nothing but softballs when he sat face-to-face with him on The Tonight Show a few months back.
Still, while the show left many surprised by not delivering on the anticipated lengthy "In Memorium" video montage (they only offered a touching Carrier Fisher/Debbie Reynolds tribute), a slew of great one-liners and stirring speeches kept viewers captivated throughout.
We've collected some of the best lines of the night:
1) "The story is, among other things, about an elderly woman slowly dying of syphilis—which, of course, is always comedy gold." — Hugh Grant, describing the Golden Globe-nominated film Florence Foster Jenkins
2) "This is for all of the women of color whose stories, ideas, thoughts are not always considered worthy or important. But I want to you know that I see you. We see you…I don't know who else to thank except for all of the people who've helped me in my career because it's nice at 44. I like it here." — Tracee Ellis Ross, winner of Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy for her work on Black-ish. (See her full speech in the video below.)
3) "I won this at the last ever Golden Globes. I don't mean to be gloomy—it has the words 'Hollywood', 'Foreign' and 'Press' in the title." — Hugh Laurie, 57, taking a dig at U.S. President-elect Donald Trump while accepting the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for The Night Manager
4) "Octavia Spencer, 'Hidden Fences'…" — Michael Keaton's cringe-worthy gaffe when announcing the nominees for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture. Spencer's film is called Hidden Figures while Viola Davis was nominated, and won, in the same category for the film Fences. Interviewer Jenna Bush Hager made the same mistake earlier in the evening when interviewing Hidden Figures producer Pharrell Williams.
5) "It's not every day that Hollywood thinks of translating a play to screen. It doesn't scream 'moneymaker.' But it does scream 'art.' It does scream 'heart.' And it deserved to be told…And to the original Troy, my father, Dan Davis. Born in 1936, groomed horses, had a fifth grade education, didn't know how to read until he was 15. But you know what? He had a story. And it deserved to be told. And August Wilson told it. Thank you very much." — Viola Davis, 51, paying tribute to her father while accepting her Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture award for Fences, the first Golden Globe of her career. (See the video below for Davis' full speech.)
6) "Kurt, do you have her glasses?" — Amy Schumer to Kurt Russell after Goldie Hawn's consistently (and purposefully) misread the teleprompter, including her note that the next award honours "five tainted men."
7) "While I was dancing and playing piano and having one of the best experiences I've ever had on a film, my lady was raising our daughter, pregnant with our second, and trying to help her brother fight his battle with cancer. If she hadn't taken all that on so I could have this experience, it would surely be someone else up here other than me today. So, sweetheart, thank you. To my daughters, Amada and Esmeralda, I love you. And if I may, I'd like to dedicate this to the memory of her brother, Juan Carlos Mendes." — Canuck Ryan Gosling's heartwarming acceptance of the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy for La La Land.
8) Steve Carell and Kristin Wiig hilariously discussing various traumatizing childhood memories while announcing the Best Animated Feature award in the video below. This one has to be seen rather than read.
9) "Last year I won Best Actor in a Motion Picture comedy or Musical for The Martian. And that fact alone is funnier than anything in The Martian." — Matt Damon, riffing on his past award show success while preparing to present the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy.
10) "Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners. And if we kick them all out you'll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts…Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose. O.K., go on with it…As my friend, the dear, departed Princess Leia, said to me one, 'Take your broken heart, make it into art.'" — Meryl Streep, 67, in perhaps the best speech of the night, accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award. (Watch the full speech below.)