6 Of The Most Awkward Moments From The 2021 Golden Globes

Katie O'Malley, Olivia Blair
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Photo credit: screengrab - Twitter
Photo credit: screengrab - Twitter

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It wouldn't be an awards ceremony without a fair few awkward moments.

Cast your minds back to Emma Stone's accidental three-way hug with Damien Chazelle (director of La La Land) and his wife and Jennifer Lawrence's spectacular trip up the stairs to collect her Oscar or the 2018 Academy Awards Best Picture mix-up.

But with a social distanced ceremony there are arguably more opportunities for awkwardness given the over-reliance on technology - we've all been there speaking over our colleagues or not realising we were muted - and the lack of audience which could leave jokes hangin in the air.

Ooof.

In case you missed it, here are the most awkward moments from this year's Golden Globes's ceremony.

1) Daniel Kaluuya, winner of first award, being left on mute

The first award went to the British actor for best supporting actor in a motion picture for his role in Judas and the Black Messiah.

However, Laura Dern's face soon said it all when she arrived on stage to present the award to Kaluuya, only for the audience to witness actor's mouth moving but no sound coming out. We've all been there, Daniel.

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After the cameras returned to a disappointed Dern congratulating Kaluuya despite the lack of acceptance speech, the technical situation was fixed and Kaluuya was able to be heard, saying: 'You doing me dirty - is this on.'

Thankfully, we were treated to Kaluuya's brilliant speech in the end as he paid tribute to his character Fred Hampton, saying: 'He taught me about myself and made me grow as a man. I appreciate it with all my heart'.

2) Catherine O'Hara's husband's phone

Schitt's Creek's Catherine O'Hara won her first Golden Globe and accepted the award at home on the sofa with her husband. However, shortly after she started speaking her husband Bo Welch held up his phone and noise started to come out leaving viewers at home quite confused...

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It quickly became apparent though that O'Hara was in on the joke, becoming jokingly irritated as Welch place applause noise out of his phone and then wind-up music as his wife continued with her speech.

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3) Tracy Morgan mispronouncing 'Soul'

It seemed the 30 Rock actor suffered a classic my-eyes-are-deceiving-me moment when announcing the winner of the Best Original Score Golden Globe, calling the Pixar film 'Sal' rather than 'Soul', which naturally went down very well on Twitter:

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Making the whole scenario even better, Morgan hopped on to Twitter to address his error pretty soon after making it:

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4) Don Cheadle telling Jason Sudeikis to wrap it up

Sudeikis seemed pretty shocked to have won the Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy award for his role in Ted Lasso.

As if the pressure wasn't heightened enough, while delivering his acceptance speech, fellow nominee Cheadle motioned to Sudeikis to wrap it up, becoming an instant meme in the process.

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After receiving his award, Sudeikis laughed off the interaction telling Deadline: 'Hey that’s just Kansas City love. If anyone was going to tell me… He knew I’d listen to him, that’s all that is. A lot of people don’t know that he’s an excellent stage manager as well as an a American acting icon. The guy’s got chops, you know?'

5) Celebrities having to make small talk on Zoom

While the in-person mingling that we all love about awards shows couldn't take place this year, instead the nominees were forced to mingle with each other in a Zoom chat. Before each category winner was announced, the Globes honed in on the category nominees to see what was going on. Cue Sarah Paulson asking Emma Corrin about her cat (which was actually quite sweet).

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6.) The camera cutting to James Corden and Lily Collins after Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's jokes

A Golden Globes monologue often pokes fun at the talent in the room with a nifty camera operator then cutting to the celebrity for their reaction. In 2021, even though the ceremony was virtual, those behind the camera still made sure they went straight to a celebrity after they were mocked in the opening monologue.

Cue awkward moments with James Corden after Fey joked about his controversial performance in The Prom, saying: 'The Queen's Gambit is whatever James Corden was up to on The Prom I guess,' and to Lily Collins after the hosts joked: 'Emily In Paris is nominated for Best Television Series - Musical, Comedy... and I can't wait to see which one it is.'

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