The Golden Globes are here! The one awards show that never bores is back.
People might ridicule the Globes as frivolous or elitist, but its looser vibe has given some winners the opportunity to cut loose in a way you won’t see at the Oscars or Emmys.
To prepare you for the festivities, here are our five all-time favorite Golden Globes acceptance speeches.
Meryl Streep for “Angels in America”
In the first Golden Globes speech to really gain traction, Meryl Streep reflected on George Bush’s State of the Union Address on marriage equality when she accepted her award for Angels.
Frances Conroy for “Six Feet Under”
Besides Friday Night Lights, no other show has seen its cast criminally snubbed than Six Feet Under.
The show (and actor Rachel Griffiths) took home Globes in the show’s first season, but there was nothing better than seeing Frances Conroy finally get her due as the frazzled matriarch of one of television’s most compelling families.
Sally Hawkins in “Happy Go Lucky”
One sure bet about the Academy Awards is that at the year’s truly best performance will be left out in at least one category.
If ever there was a time that the Oscars truly missed the mark, it was when Sally Hawkins was omitted for her performance in Mike Leigh’s Happy Go Lucky.
The Globes, however, were not as foolish.
Chris Colfer for “Glee”
It’s been seven years—and a lot of water under the bridge, since America was introduced to pixie musical-theater queen Kurt Hummel.
Remember that when watching Colfer accept his award for playing the struggling yet assured teen.
Awards shows may be silly, but the then-19 year-old actor impacted the lives of many outcast teens with his simple yet resounding speech.
Emma Thompson for “Sense and Sensibilities”
Thompson, who later won a Best Actress Oscar for Sense and Sensibility, used the occasion of her Best Adapted Screenplay win at the Globes to invoke the voice of the still relevant Jane Austen.
Adele for “Skyfall”
Picking up the award for Best Song for her 2013 Bond theme song, Adele was maybe the only winner who gave a truly unrehearsed speech.
How does this girl just keep getting more and more likable?
Jodie Foster’s Lifetime Achievement Award It was the coming out not heard round the world: Honored at the 2013 Golden Globes with the Cecil B. DeMille Award, Jodie prepared the audience for a truth bomb—but it landed with a thud. “I already did my coming out a thousand years ago, in the Stone Age,” she declared, award in hand. “Those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to friends and family and co-workers then gradually to everyone that knew her.”
Foster lamented that “every celebrity is [now expected] to honor the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance and a prime-time reality show.”
While it was hardly a press-release-ready statement—and the media had a field day with her awkward delivery—it certainly felt more genuine than most awards-show declarations.
“In its incomplete and fuzzy way, her speech was as true a testament as I’ve ever seen/heard to the fear, loneliness and stubborn hope of someone who doesn’t feel she owes the world clarity or an answer but feels she owes herself, and history, and the political moment, some kind of truth,” wrote The New York Times’ Frank Bruni at the time.
Foster did later thank her kids and former partner Cydney Bernard.
Jeffrey Tambor For “Transparent”
An hourlong drama about a frumpy 70-year-old husband and father who decides to transition?
No one could have predicted Amazon’s Transparent would earn Tambor such accolades (from both critics and the LGBT community), let alone take home the Globe for Best Actor in a Television Series.
In his speech, the veteran actor acknowledged the win was “much bigger than me”—thanking the trans community, and the show’s trans showrunners in particular, for [leading] me through the steps to find more of Jeffrey than I’ve ever known in my entire life.”