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2013 Golden Globes: Five memorable moments

Posted by Emily Wright  January 14, 2013 12:48 PM

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From teleprompter flubs to unexpected wins, we've picked our five favorite moments from last night's 70th Golden Globes.

1. Jodie Foster's acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award

The actress with a career that spans five decades (she started acting at three years old) started her acceptance speech with a "Saturday Night Live" reference, took audience members and home viewers through a chronicle of her life, and stunned some when it seemed like she'd be revealing a very personal secret.

“So while I’m here being all confessional, I guess I have a sudden urge to say something that I’ve never really been able to air in public. So, a declaration that I’m a little nervous about but maybe not quite as nervous as my publicist right now, huh Jennifer? But I’m just going to put it out there, right? Loud and proud, right? So I’m going to need your support on this. I am single. Yes I am, I am single. No, I’m kidding — but I mean I’m not really kidding, but I’m kind of kidding. I mean, thank you for the enthusiasm. Can I get a wolf whistle or something?”

[Audio is silent for seven seconds] ... "a big coming-out speech tonight because I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago back in the Stone Age, in those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends and family and co-workers and then gradually, proudly to everyone who knew her, to everyone she actually met. But now I’m told, apparently, that every celebrity is expected to honor the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance and a prime-time reality show."

Foster thanked many people, including Mel Gibson who was sitting next to her when Robert Downey Jr. introduced her as the recipient, and her sons who were also in attendance. She was brought to tears when thanking her mom. Watch the video above to hear her whole speech.

2. Cambridge's Ben Affleck takes home best director, best motion picture (drama) for "Argo"

The Hub's native son won big last night and his genuine amazement at hearing the news (both times) earned him our No. 2 most-memorable slot. Affleck, who starred in, directed, and produced "Argo" was so taken aback when accepting the award for best director (and later again for best motion picture - drama) that he forgot to thank a couple people, including producer George Clooney. He also talked so fast we could hardly understand him, so it's a good thing his wife, actress Jennifer Garner, was presenting the next award. She attempted to bandage the boo-boo and offered belated praise for his co-producer before announcing the next winner.

3. Paul Rudd and Salma Hayek lose battle with the teleprompter

The "This is 40" actor and his actress counterpart presented the award for best performance by an actor in a television series (Damian Lewis, "Homeland") seamlessly, but that wasn't the case when they attempted to announce the nominees for best television drama minutes later.

It appeared as though the teleprompter gave way, leading Rudd and Hayek to the most awkward pause of the night. Rudd tried to fill the time by asking "How's everybody doing," before being cut off by video of the nominees.

4. Adele accepts the award for "Skyfall" on her "night out"

New mom Adele picked up the award for best original song for the theme to "Skyfall," starring Daniel Craig as James Bond. She thanked her boyfriend, Simon Knoecki, for urging her to do the song, and she also thanked her son who was born in October.

Full of giggles when she accepted the award, the "Someone Like You" singer said, "Honestly, I've come out for a night out with my friend Ida; we're new moms. We've literally come for a night out. I was not expecting this. Thank you so much!"

Adele's "Skyfall" is also nominated for an Oscar in the same category.

5. Jennifer Lawrence starts her acceptance with "I Beat Meryl"

"Silver Linings Playbook" actress Jennifer Lawrence picked up the award for best actress in a motion picture (comedy or musical) and one of the first things out of her mouth was "I beat Meryl [Streep]." While her competitor wasn't at the awards ceremony (she has the dreaded flu), plenty of other people gasped and then laughed in her absence. Streep was nominated for her role in "Hope Springs."

Do you think Lawrence crossed a line? Think we missed any other memorable moments? Let us know in the comments.

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