Golden Globes The All-Time Best Golden Globes Speeches  

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Let’s face it: The Golden Globe Awards are different from their buttoned-up, snooty big brother, the Oscars. Why? Two reasons, mostly. First: Free-flowing booze. And second: Free-flowing booze! Celebrities sit at large tables together, sucking back vodkas and whiskeys, so it's no wonder the party atmosphere is contagious. That’s not to say that the Golden Globe Awards are not important. In fact, they often predict who will be the big winners at the Oscars Oscar. But while many award show speeches can get repetitive and dull, at this show, they're often the highlight of the evening. Here are the best Golden Globe speeches ever.

A great speech can make us laugh, cry, laugh and cry, or perhaps even change the way we think about the world. You know tough guy Ving Rhimes? The one who played a ruthless gangster in Pulp Fiction? Within about five seconds of starting his speech, every person with a beating heart needed a Kleenex and a hug.

Don’t expect dramatic actors like Leonardo DiCaprio and Cate Blanchett to bring the house down with laughter, their acceptance speeches had the audience wailing. Hugh Laurie, Jim Carrey, Mary-Louise Parker, and Bette Midler went the comedic route and tickled many a funny bone.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper Golden Globe speech list without bringing up at least one cringe-worthy moment. Jacqueline Bisset’s 2014 trainwreck acceptance speech is legendary. Check it out for yourself – it’s impossible to look away, even though you really, really want to.

Who had the best ever Golden Globes speech? You decide! Make your voice heard. Be sure to upvote  your favorite Globes speeches.

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Oprah Winfrey was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille award at the 2018 Golden Globes (or, as many joked, Cecil B. DeMille was honored by having his award given to her). During her acceptance speech, Oprah touched on the civil rights movement, women's status in the world, and "speaking your truth" – that is, sharing personal stories, even when they're difficult.

Needless to say, it was the most inspiring 10 minutes of the night.

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There wasn't a dry eye in the house when Ving Rhames won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture in 1998. The big, tough-looking Rhames stepped up to the mic and began to cry, then called up Jack Lemmon to the stage, who was also nominated in the category. Rhames then handed over his Golden Globe to the awe-struck Lemon, and the crowd erupted in both tears and applause.

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Sometimes perfectly timed sarcasm is the best part about accepting an award. When Robert Downey Jr. won the Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical for Sherlock Holmes in 2010, the actor went with the comedic route. First, he threatened any violinist who tried to interrupt his speech with the hurry-up music. Then, he thanked his wife for telling him that Matt Damon was going to win so, "don't bother to prepare a speech."


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Did you know that renowned actress Emma Thompson was also an award winning writer? She won the 1995 Globe for Best Screenplay - Motion Picture for her adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense of Sensibility. Thompson gave her entire brilliant speech as if she were Jane Austen accepting the award.

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