The Golden Globes proved to be a monumental night for everyone in the Beverly Hilton last night. It was the third and last time Tina Fey and Amy Poehler would make us laugh hysterically in the face of controversy with their edgy opening monologue, and George Clooney swooned his newlywed wife during his acceptance speech for the Lifetime Achievement award. But amongst all of the incredible winners that took home the coveted trophy, Common, John Legend and Gina Rodriguez’s acceptance speeches made their achievements much more amazing.
Common and John Legend were awarded the Golden Globe for Best Original Song thanks to the track they made for Selma called “Glory.” After Prince presented them with the award, Common praised everyone who was involved with the film including director Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey. Then, he expressed how the film was “bigger than a movie.” He went on to compare himself to all who have endured the struggle of social injustice, from the hopeful black woman who was denied a vote to the unarmed black teen who may have needed help but instead got a bullet.
Newcomer Gina Rodriguez also took home her first Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Comedy. Rodriguez went up against veteran female actresses like Edie Falco and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Not only was it Rodriguez’s first nomination and win for her new series “Jane The Virgin,” but it was a major win for the Latino community in TV/film.
“This award is so much more than myself,” Rodriguez said on stage. “It represents a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes.”
Backstage, she continued to say that “the nomination alone was a win for me because it allowed Latinos to see themselves in a beautiful light. We are dealing with a society that is so diverse, so beautiful and so human. We need to remember that we have the same stories, and see it as such. When I was a little girl I dreamed of this moment and there’s no better way to tell others that they can win too by living your dreams.”
But all achievements aside, the most jaw-dropping moment happened at the beginning of the show when Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were doing their opening monologue. The comedic duo called out several big names in the room like Oprah Winfrey (who apparently had a scented candle for everyone in the room) along with George Clooney and his successful new wife. But at the very end, Fey and Poehler made a quick crack on Bill Cosby.
“In Into the Woods, Cinderella runs from her prince, Rapunzel is thrown from a tower for her prince, and Sleeping Beauty just thought she was getting coffee with Bill Cosby,” said Poehler, which started getting some moans from the audience.
“I don’t know if you saw this on the news today,” Fey added, “but Bill Cosby has finally spoken out about the allegations against him. Cosby admitted to a reporter—” here, the host broke into an exaggerated Cosby impression—”I put the pills in the people! The people didn’t want the pills in them!’”
It just gets more hilarious from there. Do you think they were out of line for their words? Watch the video of their opening number above.