Script written by Spencer Sher
Top 10 Best Celebrity Reactions to Winning an Award
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then these reactions could fill a novel! Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Best Celebrity Reactions to Winning an Award.
For this list, we’re looking at instances from the year 2000 onwards where the recipient of a major award was completely caught off-guard upon hearing their name announced.
#10: Lady Gaga
“73rd Golden Globe Awards” (2016)
There’s been no shortage of female musicians to try their hand at acting, from Cher and Queen Latifah to Mandy Moore and Jennifer Hudson. Lady Gaga is the most recent pop star to make the leap and two Golden Globe wins later, we think it’s safe to say she’s getting along just fine. She won her first Globe in 2016 for her performance in “American Horror Story” and her second in 2019 for “Shallow,” which was nominated for Best Original Song. Both wins garnered a genuine reaction from Gaga, who wept tears of joy upon hearing her name over the loudspeaker. The way Lady Gaga’s career is going, we suspect that this won’t be the last time she’s caught tearing up at an awards show.
#9: Jacqueline Bisset
“71st Golden Globe Awards” (2014)
Heartbreaking. That’s the best way to describe what it feels like to be nominated for four Golden Globes only watch as another actor wins each time. Well, for British actress Jaqueline Bisset, the fifth time was the charm! Bisset won for her performance in the BBC miniseries “Dancing on the Edge” and when her name was announced, she sat in stunned silence for a few moments before composing herself and taking the stage. When it came time for her acceptance speech, she was equally flabbergasted and struggled to find the right words to describe her emotions. Who knew winning an award could be such an emotional roller coaster?
#8: Melissa McCarthy
“63rd Primetime Emmy Awards” (2011)
The six women nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series at the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award’s decided to do things a little differently. Eschewing the tradition of remaining seated as the nominees are announced, Amy Poehler, Martha Plimpton, Laura Linney, Tina Fey, Edie Falco, and Melissa McCarthy took the stage when their names were called. Standing arm and arm, the six women received a standing ovation from the crowd. But the fun wasn’t over! When McCarthy’s name was announced, the other women swarmed her, placing a tiara on her head and roses in her arms as if she’d just won a beauty contest. This is definitely one of the most unique award hand-outs in recent memory!
#7: Renée Zellweger
“58th Golden Globe Awards” (2001)
The rules for award shows are pretty simple: don’t get too drunk, don’t mispronounce anyone’s name, and don’t go to the bathroom when the award you’re nominated for is being announced! Easy, right? Well, apparently, Renée Zellweger didn’t know about that last one, because when she won the Golden Globe for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy in 2001, she was in the bathroom! As presenter Hugh Grant prepared to accept the award on her behalf, she re-emerged, sporting a look that was 50% shock and 50% embarrassment. The whole debacle was pretty funny, but it was instantly forgotten when Zellweger launched into her sincere acceptance speech.
#6: Amy Poehler
“71st Golden Globe Awards” (2014)
We have a funny feeling that even when she’s sleeping, Amy Poehler is hilarious. In 2014, she was up for Best Actress in a Television Series Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globes for her work on “Parks and Recreation.” But when the nominees were being announced, Poehler was the only one getting a back rub from Bono. Despite facing stiff competition from the likes of Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Zooey Deschanel, Poehler won; and immediately planted a barrage of kisses all over Bono’s stunned visage. Seeing as how it was her first Golden Globe win, we think it’s safe to say that her reaction was warranted.
#5: “This Is Us” Cast
“24th Screen Actors Guild Awards” (2018)
The 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards was a big night for the hit NBC drama “This Is Us.” Sterling K. Brown, who plays Randall Pearson, took home the award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series and the entire cast was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. Up against shows like “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Game of Thrones,” the “This Is Us” gang probably felt like underdogs. And they reacted as such when they won! While the entire cast went bananas, we think Sterling K. Brown deserves a special shout out, seeing as how he literally lost his mind. Never change, Sterling, never change.
#4: Regina King
“70th Primetime Emmy Awards” (2018)
Industry vets like Regina King have been around long enough to know that you’re not going to win every award you’re nominated for. However, they also understand the importance of remaining humble in victory. Just look at how King conducted herself when she won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie. Despite the outrageous reaction from presenter Leslie Jones, King stayed calm; and looked towards the man seated beside her for reassurance. The blank stare on her face says it all. As she approaches the stage to accept her award and give a speech, the dumbfounded look remains and only ceases when she asks the crowd, “really?” You gotta love it.
#3: Glenn Close
“76th Golden Globe Awards” (2019)
The award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama at the 76th Annual Golden Globe’s appeared to be all locked up. Lada Gaga’s performance in “A Star Is Born” had been the talk of the town for months, with many assuming her Globe victory would be a stepping stone towards Oscar glory. Unfortunately for Gaga, it was not meant to be, as Glenn Close won for her performance in “The Wife.” Nobody was more surprised than Close herself, whose stunned expression was worth a thousand words. It’s moments like these that make award shows so much fun to watch!
#2: Every Time Taylor Swift Wins
Few celebrities are as synonymous with over-the-top awards show reactions than this one. Taylor Swift, who’s won more than 400 awards in her time as a pop and country singer, regularly reacts to her name being called as if she had no idea she was even nominated. Who could forget her reaction when she won Artist of the Year at the 2011 American Music Awards? Though to be fair she did beat Adele, Lil Wayne, Lady Gaga, and Katy Perry. How about when she won Album of the Year at the 58th Grammy Awards? We can only imagine what she’d look like if she won the lottery… not that she needs the money.
Before we unveil our top pick, here are some honorable mentions:
“41st People’s Choice Awards” (2015)
“41st Annual American Music Awards” (2013)
“18th Critics' Choice Awards” (2013)
#1: Amy Winehouse
“50th Annual Grammy Awards” (2008)
The late, great Amy Winehouse cleaned up at the 2008 Grammy’s. The British songstress took home five awards, including Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. In doing so, she became just the fifth female solo artist to win five Grammy’s in a single night. The biggest win of the night for Winehouse came when she took home the Record of the Year award for her album “Rehab.” Winehouse was not in attendance, but watched as her name was announced. As her band celebrates behind her, Winehouse looks on, completely stupefied. It’s the kind of look one only makes when they’re equal parts shocked and honored. It’s a shame the world didn’t get to see her make that look more.