The HFPA’s Golden Globe Awards always turn out more like a great party where awards just happen to be given out between sips of Moet than a traditional awards show. Well, it turns out their Grants Banquet—at which the association doled out more than $2 million to deserving organizations—had a similar feel. Jamie Lee Curtis was the first to hit the stage at last night’s event, and she let the f-bombs fly before awarding Children’s Hospital, St. Jude’s Hospital, the Lollipop Theater, and the Nadia Bronson Scholarship with funds. A cavalcade of stars, from Lady Gaga to Halle Berry to Ice Cube to Jon Hamm, followed. Many had a laugh struggling to read the teleprompter set up waaaaaay on the other side of the Beverly Wilshire’s Ballroom. (Emily Blunt definitely won the “bring your glasses next time” award). Blunt and Benicio Del Toro even missed a staging cue from Jane Fonda, who goosed Del Toro on her way off the stage.
Here are the best excuses for flubbing lines from the podium:
Ice Cube: “I am a product of the L.A. Unified School District, so bear with me.”
Jake Gyllenhaal: “I’m actually legally blind—look it up.”
Halle Berry: “I don’t have my glasses! Sorry. Hey, I’m 49 tomorrow!”
Benicio Del Toro: “I was never good at cold auditions. I could never do it. I’m pretty good at improvising though.”
Emily Blunt: “I’m amazed how blind I am.”
America Ferrera: “These are long sentences. I don’t know where to breathe!”
Lady Gaga: “I have to say, I’m a little embarrassed because when Jamie Lee Curtis said my name I snarfed an olive into my nose and there’s a really teeny, tiny piece still there. So I don’t know how eloquent this is going to be.”
It was a good time.