2023 Golden Globe Awards Best Moments: From Snubs to Drunk Speeches

And the award for best acceptance speech of the night goes to... Jennifer Coolidge!

Hollywood’s funniest and most talented were recognized Tuesday night at the 80th annual Golden Globe Awards. Hosted by comedian Jerrod Carmichael at LA’s The Beverly Hilton, viewers were inundated with diamonds and Barbiecore looks galore as well as our favorite, rowdy jokes and acceptance speeches.

Per usual, there were a few snubs across the board. After receiving five nominations, Babylon only ended the night with one trophy. Despite high praise from fans and media critics, Top Gun: Maverick, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, and Avatar: The Way of Water all walked away empty handed.

On the film side, fans and stars alike were ecstatic to see Austin Butler get recognized for his stellar performance in Elvis. Similarly, Angela Bassett received a round of applause after winning Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for her work in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

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More noticeably, however, was the absence of Golden Globe winners Kevin Costner, Cate Blanchett, and Amanda Seyfried. Right before the award ceremony started, Costner shared on Instagram that he wouldn’t be in attendance due to an overwhelming amount of flooding in Santa Barbara, CA, preventing him and wife Christine from making the drive down to LA. Meanwhile, Seyfried and Blanchett were unable to accept their trophies in person due to scheduling conflicts with other projects.

Elsewhere in the night, Eddie Murphy was recognized with the honorable Cecil B. DeMille Award, during which he made a parody out of the slap heard around the world (you know the one).

“There is a definitive blueprint that you can follow to achieve success, prosperity, longevity and peace of mind… and I followed it my whole career,” Murphy said in his speech. “It’s just three things: Pay your taxes, mind your business, and keep Will Smith’s wife’s name out of your f*****g mouth!”

If you tuned in, you know the night was all about TV. Quinta Brunson’s comedy series, Abbott Elementary, brought down the house while the cast of HBO’s The White Lotus brought the room to tears with their uncensored and drunk acceptance speeches.

First-time Golden Globe winner Jennifer Coolidge thanked The White Lotus creator Mike White for giving her “hope” and “a new beginning.” While accepting her award, she took note of all the “million different ways” White has changed her life.

“My neighbors [are] speaking to me and things like that. I was never invited to one party and now everyone’s inviting me,” Coolidge exclaimed. “Mike, I love you to death. I just want to say, this is a real f*****g fun night.”

Following Coolidge’s win, White and The White Lotus crew were presented with Best Limited or Anthology Series or Television Film.

“I was going to give this speech in Italian, but we’re too drunk because there was no food,” White laughed before going on to thank his team. Season two of the limited series took place at a resort in Sicily, Italy.

Read on to see the other stars and TV shows that won big.

Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy

Abbott Elementary

Best TV Series, Drama

House of the Dragon

Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series, Drama

Kevin Costner, Yellowstone

Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Drama

Zendaya, Euphoria

Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy

Jeremy Allen White, The Bear

Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy

Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary

Best TV Limited Series or Motion Picture for TV

The White Lotus

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for TV

Amanda Seyfried, The Dropout

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for TV

Jennifer Coolidge, The White Lotus

View the full list of 2023 Golden Globe winners here.

Emily Weaver
Emily is a NYC-based freelance entertainment and lifestyle writer — though, she’ll never pass up the opportunity to talk about women’s health and sports (she thrives during the Olympics). Read more
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