The 80th Golden Globe Awards graced our screens last night, celebrating excellence in film television from 2022, and Eddie Murphy’s acceptance speech was the talk of the night.
The event took place at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, and it was a night to remember. An esteemed panel of professionals from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association selected the most deserving winners.
It was a prestigious occasion, filled with stars from all corners of the entertainment industry that were excited to be honoured for their hard work and dedication.
Obviously, the Hollywood Foreign Press has not been without controversy over the last few years, and that is something that many people wanted them to address.
During the show, President Helen Hoehne mentioned the changes made to the organisation in order to ensure that its members had a more diverse representation. “We commit to continue strengthening our partnership with Hollywood and with the worldwide fans who celebrate the best on film and television,” she said. “We will continue to support groups that amplify a variety of voices and continue to add representation to our organisation from around the world as we did this past year.”
The HFP’s lack of diversity was also addressed by this year’s Host Jerrod Carmichael: “I’m here because I’m Black,” he said in his opening monologue, adding that the association “did not have a single Black member until George Floyd died.” His comments seemed to spark a positive response from Twitter users, and his name quickly began trending on the site.
Aside from that, there were some clear stars of the show when it came to accepting awards. Unsurprisingly, The Banshees of Inisherin won best picture, for a musical or comedy, and received a whopping eight nominations throughout the night.
Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical film The Fabelmans won the final award of the night for the best motion picture drama.
When it came to the TV category, HBO’s House of the Dragon won best drama television series, while Abbott Elementary won best television series, musical or comedy. The White Lotus was also very successful, winning best limited series, anthology, or TV movie.
This year’s Golden Globes is the first awards show since last year’s Oscars, and we all know what happened there.
The controversy surrounding the Oscars lasted for months after the event was over, and one thing was on everyone’s lips… the slap.
As you’re probably aware, Will Smith lost it at Chris Rock after he made a joke about his wife, who suffers from alopecia.
It was the talk of the entire event, and it seems Eddie Murphy felt compelled to bring it up again at this year’s awards ceremony.
Murphy took to the stage last night to accept the Cecil B. DeMille Award, honouring his lifetime achievement working in the entertainment industry for almost five decades, with 41 years spent working in film.
“So this has been a long time in the making and it’s really appreciated,” he said after accepting the award from Jamie Lee Curtis and Tracy Morgan. Murphy then thanked his wife Paige Butcher and his kids, keeping the speech short and sweet before wrapping it up by giving advice to “all the new up-and-coming dreamers and artists in the room tonight.”
“I want to let you know that there is a definitive blueprint that you can follow to achieve success, prosperity, longevity and peace of mind. It’s very simple. Just do these three things,” he said, adding: “Pay your taxes. Mind your business. And keep Will Smith’s wife’s name out your f***ing mouth!”
His comments left viewers in hysterics, and it didn’t take long for his speech to make it’s rounds on Twitter, with dozens of users sharing their thoughts…
One wrote: “The build up to the joke was EPIC. I fell for it.”
While another commented: “He’s still got it after all these years. Would love to see Eddie do another standup. Condolences to Will Smith, there really is no way back for him.”
“Hahahahahahahaha…!! Eddie Murphy. A king of comedy. That was beautiful,” a third tweeted.
What do you make of his joke?