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14 Suuuper Awkward And Uncomfortable Moments From The 2023 Golden Globes

That Will Smith joke though...

This year, the Golden Globes were...a lot. Normally, I round up awkward moments from this show, but this year, there were both awkward AND uncomfortable moments to watch.

Two Golden Globes signs

Here they are:

1. Jerrod Carmichael had an INTENTIONALLY awkward opening monologue. Like immediately, he told everyone to be quiet:

And here is your host for the 80th Annual #GoldenGlobes... It’s Jerrod Carmichael! 🎤

NBC / Via Twitter: @goldenglobes

the feeling of discomfort and awkwardness in the room during jerrod carmichael's monologue could probably power a country #GoldenGlobes

Twitter: @Phil_Lewis_ / Via @Phil_Lewis_

2. He then called out how the Hollywood Foreign Press hadn't had a Black member until George Floyd's death — which was an important note. But people awkwardly laughed because they were expecting a comedic opening:

Jerrod saying, "i won't say they were a racist organization, but they didn't have a single Black member until George Floyd died. Do with that what you will"

3. During his acceptance speech for Best Original Song, M. M. Keeravani tried to say a few more words in his speech, and then gave up because he was queued off the stage by music:

Keeravani getting played off

4. Quinta Brunson — a WINNER! — was seated super far from the stage, and had to do, like, a longass two-minute walk to get to the stage!

Quinta holding her award saying, "let me get myself together"

5. In fact, people pointed out that a lot of the winners were noticeably far away and took forever to get to the stage!

Man I gotta watch #TheBear wins Best Actor Comedy Series! (& he was comically far from the stage 😜) #GoldenGlobes

Twitter: @GraceRandolph

6. During his acceptance speech, Colin Farrell told Ana de Armas he cried himself to sleep after watching Blonde — and she just smiled and nodded:

ana smiling at Colin

7. And then he called out the music queuing him off the stage: "You can forget that piano!"

"you can forget that piano"

8. And Michelle Yeoh told the music player to shut up, too:

they tried playing Michelle Yeoh off with music, and she said "Shut up, please! I can beat you up, okay? And that's serious." LOL I love her #GoldenGlobes

Twitter: @SpencerAlthouse / Via NBC / @SpencerAlthouse

9. People noticed that Claire Danes looked, well, not thrilled to be there:

claire standing behind award winners looking unamused
Twitter: @owlie_golightly / Via @owlie_golightly

10. Jerrod made this suuuuper controversial joke about Sc*entol*gy, and everyone gasped:

#GoldenGlobes host Jerrod Carmichael makes a dig at Scientology: "Backstage, I found these three Golden Globe awards that Tom Cruise returned...I think maybe we take these three things and exchange them for the safe return of Shelly Miscavige."

NBC / Via Twitter: @Variety

11. And toward the end of the show, Jerrod made a joke about Will Smith that fell kinda flat:

"during the commercial break we gave will smith the Rock Hudson award for best portrayal of masculinity on television"

12. He also said this irreverent joke about Whitney Houston:

"they want me to shout out the venue we are here in the beverly hilton hotel that killed whitney houston so that's very exciting

13. Mike White, the writer of The White Lotus, thanked Jennifer Coolidge while calling out the other actors (who are present!) that passed on the role of Tanya:

"everybody passed. you all passed. so it's very gratifying to have this moment"

14. And lastly, this adorably awkward moment from Jennifer Coolidge when she had to put down her award because it was too heavy:

Jennifer Coolidge is the moment #GoldenGlobes2023


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