Golden Globes Top Moments Through the Years

By John Focht

The Golden Globes brings the best, and sometimes the worst, out in our favorite actors. Like Jack Nicholson threatening to moon the crowd at his acceptance speech in 1999, the Golden Globes awards have been filled with the best, and worst, moments. You can decide which is which.

Christine Lahti’s ladies room visit in 1999

Thanks to the magic of YouTube  , you can watch this moment again and again. Christine Lahti’s real moment, and not hiding why she was not immediately available, “I was in the bathroom, Mom”, she said, is one of the funniest moment in Golden Globes history.

Her realism came across that night and remains a moment that makes the Globes worth watching.

Bill Clinton introduces Lincoln

When Bill Clinton took the stage during the 2013 Golden Globes, it was a proud moment as the audience gave the 42nd President of the United States a standing ovation.

2013 co-hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey added their quick wit when Amy Poehler said “That was Hillary Clinton’s husband”, and Tina Fey added “That was Bill Rodham Clinton”.

Ricky Gervais

I think just saying the name Ricky Gervais makes plenty of people’s skin crawl when they think of him and the Golden Globes together. It would be hard to ignore his run of hosting the Golden Globes.  Ricky had no problem insulting anyone and everyone during his monologues and his introductions.

There is a fine line between funny and insulting. Ricky had no problem crossing that line.  It was too bad no one crossed the line with Ricky to provide him a right-hook during a presentation.

Elizabeth Taylor…a little too much to drink?

At the 2001 Globes, Elizabeth Taylor sauntered out to the podium to present Best Motion Picture. It became quickly obvious she may have had one too many that evening.

As she started opening the envelope PRIOR TO ANNOUNCING THE NOMINEES the audience quickly shouted to her to not open the envelope yet. Dick Clark saved the day by coming out and providing Elizabeth some assistance and direction. Maybe he should have brought her some coffee too.

The Rat Pack Take Stage

Prior to 1958, journalist presented the awards to actors, actresses, and directors for best film, best actor, and best actress. That was until The Rat Pack took over, according to Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

It was at the 1958 awards when Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. took to the stage, with whiskey and cigarettes in hand, according to Hollywood Foreign Press Association.  The Globes have never been the same since.

This article was originally published on January 10, 2014 on the Yahoo Voices Network!