The Golden Globes has been the stage for a fair number of shocking, hilarious and scandalous moments over its 77 years.
With unpredictable comedian Ricky Gervais returning for his fifth tour as host, the 2020 show is set to light up TV audiences and social media with outrage, scorn and laughs.
Gervais is known for his unseemly remarks about the nominees, other Hollywood stars, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association which puts on the show.
Before you enjoy this year’s Golden Globes show on Sunday and see which nominees take home the gold, take a look back at the most outrageous moments in the award show’s history.
When Bette Midler made the most obvious joke ever
She cited Joan Crawford for the joke but it was Midler who reminded everyone in the audience that if an award-winning actress wants to get up on stage and refer to her own “golden globes,” there’s little showrunners or TV broadcasters can do to stop her. “I have to be tasteful. They told me I have to,” Midler says right before delivering the line anyway.
When Tina Fey shot down George Clooney
While hosting the 2013 show, Fey described the plot of one big blockbuster that year, “Gravity,” as “the story of how George Clooney would rather float away into space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age.”
Sandra Oh makes a tissue joke
It’s not the most obvious way to introduce “This Is Us,” but (first ever Asian host) Oh killed it with a joke about tissues while introducing the attractive cast of the hit NBC drama.
Jack Nicholson accepts Best Actor on Valium
It can be stressful to be up for a major award like Best Actor in a Motion Picture at the Golden Globes. So next time you find yourself in such a heated moment, do as Nicholson did in 2003: pop a Valium and hold on for the ride.
Gervais mocks Mel Gibson
Gibson has received his fair share of blowback from his infamous drunk driving arrest in 2006, but none more public than Gervais ribbing him during the 2011 Golden Globes. The show is known for celebrities drinking a little too much, and the four-time host has never been afraid to sip onstage. He made light of all of this, admitting, “I like a drink as much as the next man. Unless the next man is Mel Gibson."
Gervais takes on Scientology
In the same year as his devilish Gibson joke, Gervais also took on Hollywood’s famous Scientologists with a joke about the film “I Love You Phillip Morris.” Gervais describes the movie as, “Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor, two heterosexual actors pretending to be gay,” adding “so the complete opposite of some famous Scientologists, then.” But the real punchline may have been his admission right after, “My lawyers helped me with the wording of that joke.”
Jonah Hill drops F-bombs as a bear
While presenting for Best Supporting Actress during the 2016 Golden Globes, Hill partnered with Channing Tatum on a bit pulling from that year’s hit film “The Revenant,” in which Leonardo DiCaprio is attacked by a CGI bear. Hill delivered a few jokes as the bear himself, but what got audience members, including a very displeased Jane Fonda, was the actor’s repeated vulgarity.