The 2014 Golden Globes award show was one for the book. The Red Carpet event, which seemed more like an episode of Comedy Central’s Celebrity Roast than a prestigious Hollywood event, featured our favorite stars engaging in celebratory make-out sessions, wife swapping, tweeting of pleas for additional liquor and the broadcasting of messages from jealous lovers. Not to mention presenting awards with stilettos and dry martini locked and loaded in hand. Hotdog munching, “selfies,” and endorsing the pre-win calming effects of e-cigs were all part of the show. Amidst the debauchery were “photobombs” and ongoing feuds flung into the public eye that makes us wonder what really goes on behind the scenes of our favorite big screen movies and television shows.
But hey, at least Taylor Swift has some new material.
The award show, which began upon an inundated red carpet after a lighting rig caught ablaze and set off emergency sprinklers, spawned two new hashtags. “#Lawrencing,” in reference to American Hustle star Jennifer Lawrence storming the frame in a mermaid-like gown during an interview with Taylor Swift, and “#NotBuyingIt,” which was popular amongst online critics.
The Golden Globes have been held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles since 1961, and the historic hotel is no stranger to controversy. Various presidential sex scandals are said to have taken place there, as well as the tragic February 2012 drowning death singer of Whitney Houston. On Sept. 19, 2011, Seth MacFarlane, creator of the animated sitcom Family Guy hosted a Celebrity Roast aimed at troubled Anger Management star Charlie Sheen. The episode boasted 6.4 million viewers. This year’s Golden Globe telecast, which seems vaguely comparable in content, drew in close to 21 million.
The real stars of the show were hosts Amy Pohler and Tina Fey of the late-night talk show Saturday Night Live, which premiered in October of 1975. During the 2013 Golden Globes, the sardonic pair drew TMZ (a news website and popular television show that uses paparazzi-esque reporting techniques to gather hot details on the latest celebrity gossip; named after a famous 30 mile per hour zone amidst the exuberant studios of West Hollywood) fans, and dipsomaniacal pop culture lovers at home a bit closer to the onscreen action by creating a luring drinking game. This year TIME Magazine’s Celebrity NewsFeed continued the festivities.
The website of the longstanding magazine instructs viewers to polish off their entire drink, dash to the liquor store for a bottle of tequila, and drink the whole thing “ if Jennifer Lawrence trips, tries to get up; trips again, then takes a “selfie” on the ground.” This, of course alluding to the incident at the 2013 Oscars when the Silver Linings Playbook star tripped on her Dior gown while ascending the steps to accept her award for Best Actress.
One thing is for sure, the halcyon days of classy award shows, where elegant behavior matched the elegant attire, when disappointed nominees avoided being filmed gorging on America’s favorite Fourth of July snack, and pre-acceptance nicotine puffing wasn’t illuminated by an ostentatious green light, have long gave way to the twerking and tweeting of wisecracks and shenanigans that would make participants at Charlie Sheen’s Celebrity Roast blush. The runner up award for most tawdry ceremony of the decade goes to the 71st annual Golden Globes Award ceremony… Second only to the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards featuring Miley Cyrus and her infamous twerking performance.
By Apryl Legeas