Golden Globes 2019: Top 10 controversies you forgot about

From peeking at bosoms to slurry speeches, the Golden Globes has seen a lot over the years - here's a look at the top 10 most controversial moments in the award show's history.


                            Golden Globes 2019: Top 10 controversies you forgot about

The most fun Hollywood award show is almost here! This upcoming 76th Annual Golden Globe awards is set to honor Hollywood's best on January 6 and we can't help but look back at some of the times that the ceremony went from fun to cringe-worthy and "Wow, really?" real quick. From tactlessly peeking at bosoms to slurry speeches, the Golden Globes has seen a lot over the years - here's a look at the top 10 most controversial moments in the award show's history.

1. Elizabeth Taylor slurs her lines on stage

The 2001 Golden Globe ceremony saw the result of excess cocktails. Elizabeth Taylor, who was called on to present the award for Best Drama Picture, seemed to have enjoyed one too many bubblies and slurred her way through the announcement and had to be helped out by Dick Clarke. She was so "happy", she almost called out the winner before announcing the nominees. 

2. The Golden Globe Awards are canceled in 2008

The Writers Guild of America strike continues into its fourth week as union members picket in front of the Time Warner building November 28, 2007 in New York City. Producers failed to reach an agreement with the striking writers after contract talks on Tuesday.
The Writers Guild of America strike continues into its fourth week as union members picket in front of the Time Warner building November 28, 2007 in New York City. Producers failed to reach an agreement with the striking writers after contract talks on Tuesday.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization behind the Golden Globes had to cancel the 2008 award ceremony after the Writers Guild's strike that year. In solidarity with its members, the nominated actors and presenters refused to attend the ceremony. The strike sought to find better funding for the writers in comparison to the profits of the larger studios. That year, instead of having a grand ceremony, a press conference was telecast on NBC wherein the winners were announced.

3. Jeremy Renner peeks at JLo's cleaving in a true cringe fest

Renner and Jennifer Lopez were announcing the winner for Best Miniseries when Lopez asked Renner if she should be the one to open the envelope - since she had "the nails". Renner, in what was supposedly a funny comebback then said, "You've got globes too" while looking down her chest and plunging neckline. Even though Lopez let out an awkward laugh, Renner was lucky it was 2015.

4. ScarJo's breast grab on the red carpet

In what was truly one of the worst moments in Golden Globe history, fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi decided it was a good idea to grab Scarlett Johansson on the red carpet - shocking her. She looked petrified but smiled through the whole thing. He said, "ooh! I just wanted to feel that" while she kept awkwardly saying through her grin, "what is going on!". Ew. 

5. 'The Tourist' bribery rumors

When the Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie starrer movie made it to the show and ended up being nominated for Best Musical/Comedy category in 2011 - a few eyebrows were raised. The film was a box office flop and did horribly with critic reviews. The rumor was that the HFPA was bribed to get the film on the list. Infact, the host for the evening Ricky Gervais even called them out for it! 

6. Hidden Fences slip up by former First Daughter

In 2017, 'Today' show correspondent and former First Daughter Jenna Bush Hager brought down the internet on herself after mixing up two film titles while talking to Pharell Williams on the red carpet. Mind you, these two films were iconic and important in the colored narrative. She told the musician, "So, you're nominated for 'Hidden Fences,'" merging the titles of two celebrated movies 'Hidden Figures' and 'Fences'. It got worse when Michael Keaton, who was presenting for Best Supporting Actress in a film once again made the same slip-up. 

7. Margaret Cho's cosplay

Margaret Cho completely missed the mark when she decided to put on a little skit for the 2015 crowd at the Golden Globe. She dressed up as a General in Kim Jong-un's army who was a fan of American pop culture in an attempt to mock North Korea. Crude with a terrible fake accent, this whole thing sparked outrage, being called out as more racist than funny.   

8. Jack Nicholson admits he's high on Valium

Oversharing is a thing, especially if you say you're high at an award ceremony. Nicholson won the Best Actor award at the 2003 Globes for his role in the film 'About Schmidt' and in his slow acceptance speech, he admitted that he had popped some Valium beforehand. He also made some strange jokes about his co-stars - but hey, you can blame it on the drugs.

9. When Robin Williams got onstage to do a racist impression

As much as we love Robin Williams, this moment at the 2010 Globes was really just bizarre. When Christine Lahti won an award for 'Chicago Hope', she happened to be on a pee break. Actor Robin Williams, in the meantime, decided to get onstage and do a not-so-funny impersonation of a Southern accent which was unsavory to say the least.

10. Ricky Gervais' hosting in general

While entertaining, Ricky Gervais' hosting only got bad to worse since 2010 to 2011. When the comedian started his gig that year, he mocked Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Charlie Sheen, Tom Cruise and many more in just under five minutes. He seemed to have made quite an impression because he was back at it the following year.