While the Golden Globes might be the second most prestigious film awards out there, they’ve always existed in the shadow of the Oscars. However, what the Golden Globes may lack in terms of respect, they more than make up for in spontenaity, having embraced a culture of improvisation and spontaneity that their older brother continues to condemn.

With the news of the nominees today, let’s look back at some of the most controversial and entertaining moments during the Golden Globe ceremonies over the years.

1982 – Richard Attenborough

I would like to start off the list with Richard Attenborough’s now-infamous “Ghandi sucks” speech. Upon winning the award for Best Director for the epic biopic of the Indian icon, Richard Attenborough held his award to the sky in triumph, then, smiling, said, “I guess this means I can finally stop talking about fucking Ghandi 24 hours a day.”

He then broke into an offensive Indian accent which is now believed to have been the inspiration for Apu on The Simpsons, during which the cameras cut to Sir Ben Kingsley in the audience, who appeared to be laughing uproariously throughout the insensitive rant.

1990 – Ted Danson

Ted Danson receives his second Golden Globe award for his performance as Sam in Cheers. He gives a gracious and thoughtful acceptance speech, only to have it overshadowed by popping an enormous "fear boner" halfway through his acceptance. Mortified, Danson stalls and stammers onstage until Clint Eastwood emerges from the audience to escort him off stage. According to a stagehand they passed walking offstage, Clint Eastwood whispered to Danson, “One way or another, you’re going to have to get rid of that thing.”

Both actors disappear from the public eye for six weeks, reappearing together in a little-seen “Tour Nova Scotia!” television commercial.

(Note: Following this incident, the Awards producers worked to buck the notion that the Golden Globes were the “Deadwood of awards ceremonies” by sedating all nominees in attendance. It is for this reason that there was little excitement in the awards until the Department of Justice put an end to the practice in 2003.)

2005 – Robin Williams

Upon receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin Williams goes on one of his trademark comedy rants for 87 minutes, alternating personas between “flamboyant gay man,” “large black man,” and “dim-witted southern man.”

He openly consumes cocaine on seven occasions during the spectacle, ultimately being taken down with tranquilizer darts after the Hollywod Foreign Press’ covert Robin Williams Division gets a green light for a breach from President George W. Bush, who was in the audience.

2007 – Cars

Having spent most of the day before the ceremony at a pool party at Jack Nicholson’s house, the cars from Cars arrive at the Golden Globes visibly intoxicated, weaving on the red carpet while blaring Shop Boyz “Party Like a Rockstar” from their sound systems. After losing Best Animated Feature Film to Happy Feet, one unidentified Car runs over two of the Rastafarian penguins, fleeing the scene before the authorities arrive. It would later be determined that the Car in question had targeted these penguins over an outstanding debt, and the incident had nothing to do with their victory.

2007 – Helen Mirren

After the Cars debacle, Helen Mirren was awarded a Best Actress Golden Globe for her performance in The Queen, her second award of the night, having already nabbed the honor for Best Actress in a Miniseries for her work in Elizabeth I. She took the stage with two unidentified shirtless Latin men. Still carrying her first award, she holds both in the air for 45 seconds, silently. She then leans slowly into the microphone and yells, “TWO! SEE THAT MOTHERF##KERS? I GOT TWO TONIGHT!!!”

She slowly struts off the stage while DMX’s “Party Up” plays, seemingly out of nowhere.

2010 – Tom Hooper

In winning the award for Best Director, The King’s Speech helmer Tom Hooper takes the stage and, in a nod to fellow nominee Christopher Nolan’s Inception, deadpans, “You think that this is all a dream, Chris? You think there’s any chance I’m going to wake up and find I actually won an award that’s worth a shit? Like an Oscar?”

The camera cut to Nolan, visibly uncomfortable, slumped in his chair. The crowd booed Tom Hooper, and the ceremony producers cut off his microphone, but the Englishman continued to scream and gesticulate wildly.

Following the ceremony, a lip-reader hired by TMZ claimed his rant contained several suggestions that the holocaust occurred on a much smaller scale than everyone believes, as well as a survey of the crowd as to where the best after-part would be.

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