Golden Globes 2020: The highs, the lows and the head-scratchers

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By Ethan Alter and Raechal Shewfelt | Yahoo

The 77th Golden Globes officially kicked off the 2020 awards season with a star-studded telecast filled with surprises, tears and “what the heck just happened?” moments. In other words, it was business as usual for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual party, which is always a reliable source of memorable highlights and even more memorable lowlights. Here’s Yahoo Entertainment’s recap of the night’s best, worst and most confounding moments.

HIGH: Kate McKinnon walked so Ellen DeGeneres could run

The emotional high point of this year’s telecast came early on in the evening, when Saturday Night Live’s comic superstar Kate McKinnon got seriously personal when she introduced Ellen DeGeneres — this year’s recipient of the Carol Burnett Award for career achievement in television. “In 1997, when Ellen’s sitcom was at the height of its popularity, I was in my mother’s basement lifting weights in front of the mirror and thinking, ‘Am I… gay?’ And I was,” said McKinnon, who made history as SNL’s first openly lesbian cast member. “That’s a very scary thing to suddenly know about yourself. … And the only thing that made it less scary was seeing Ellen on TV.”

DeGeneres picked up the emotional baton when she took the stage to a tidal wave of applause. “All I ever wanted to do was make people feel good and laugh and there’s no greater feeling than when someone tells me I’ve made their day better with my show or that I’ve helped them get through a sickness or a hard time with their lives,” DeGeneres said, visibly moved. “That is the power of television and I’m so, so grateful to be a part of it.”

LOW: Ricky Gervais is more snoozy than shocking

At the turn of the 21st century, Ricky Gervais was the toast of Hollywood thanks to his beloved U.K. series The Office. Flash-forward to 2020, and it’s clear he has overstayed his welcome. In his fifth — and final (we think) — outing as Golden Globes host, the comic went after Hollywood with barely disguised contempt, and the audience in the room mostly responded in kind. While it was admittedly refreshing to hear someone call out industry hypocrisy and self-importance (not to mention poke ribald fun at a legend like Judi Dench), Gervais’s own self-importance as some kind of “voice of truth” wound up puncturing a lot of his punchlines. “I don’t care anymore,” the host said at one point. We could tell — he all but disappeared from the show for the last 45 minutes. 

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