Highlights of the 2023 Golden Globes: Check out the 5 must-see moments

Hollywood loves a comeback, and that’s arguably what Tuesday night’s Golden Globe Awards staged.

After the past two years’ ceremonies were mired in controversy sparked by a Los Angeles Times investigation into the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. triggered, the awards show returned to the Beverly Hilton – and the airwaves – to broadcast a star-studded affair live on NBC.

The Globes, now under new ownership, opened the awards season with a free-running show that lasted almost 3½ hours and was filled with famous faces in the audience.

From host Jerrod Carmichael’s searing opening address to Jennifer Coolidge’s tearful acceptance speech, here are five standout moments from the Globes’ return to the spotlight.

Jerrod Carmichael aims at the HFPA

Emmy-winning comedian Jerrod Carmichael opened the 80th Golden Globes and addressed the elephant in the room – the questionable ethics of the host organization Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. and the previous lack of diversity among its members.

“I’ll tell you why I’m here. I’m here because I’m black,” the Rothaniel comic said during its opening monologue.

He updated his audience on the HFPA drama, then explained how a $500,000 paycheck sweetened the deal and why he didn’t sweat the gig too much.

“I took this job assuming they hadn’t changed at all. I heard they got six new Black members,” he said dryly. “Congratulations to her. However.”

Michelle Yeoh’s long-awaited victory

“Everything, Everywhere at Once” star Michelle Yeoh is finally getting her flowers. After Yeoh received the Golden Globe for Actress in a Movie — Musical or Comedy — she said she “can’t let it go.”

“It’s been an amazing journey and an incredible struggle to be here today, but I think it was worth it,” she said.

During her big moment, Yeoh recalled the discrimination she first faced when she came to Hollywood and spoke about how the “opportunities get smaller” as she gets older. That was, of course, until the Daniels — Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert — offered “the best gift,” which was “everything everywhere at once.” She was sentimental until she was played out almost mid-speech.

“Shut up, please,” she told pianist Chloe Flower. “I can beat you up. It’s so serious.”

Ryan Murphy puts his employees in the spotlight

American Horror Story and Glee creator Ryan Murphy received the Carol Burnett Lifetime Achievement Award and used his platform to celebrate a handful of actors who have appeared in his projects.

He first turned his spotlight on “Pose” star Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, and encouraged the celebrities in attendance to give the actress a round of applause, a year after she made history during the non-televised show in 2022.

He also praised Billy Porter (and his groundbreaking sense of style), Niecy Nash-Betts, Matt Bomer, Jeremy Pope, Jessica Lange and more.

Jennifer Coolidge brings The White Lotus creator Mike White to tears

Jennifer Coolidge’s Tuesday night acceptance speech should have come with a spoiler alert and some tissues for a tearful Mike White.

Coolidge, who has been acclaimed for her work as Tanya on The White Lotus, said series creator White was among the people who gave her career a second wind.

“Mike White you gave me hope, you gave me a new beginning even if this is the end because you killed me,” she joked, referring to the White Lotus season 2 finale.

“You make people want to live longer,” she added of her White Lotus collaborator.

Eddie Murphy’s three tips for making it big

Another lifetime achievement award went to Eddie Murphy, who explained his proven path to a successful career in Hollywood.

“I want you to know that there is a definitive plan that you can follow to achieve success, prosperity, longevity and peace of mind,” he said. “It’s a blueprint and I’ve followed it my entire career.

“It’s very simple. Just do these three things: Pay your taxes. Mind your own business,” he said, before offering his final advice: “And keep the name of Will Smith’s wife a secret [expletive] Mouth!”

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Sarah Ridley

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