Lupita’s dress. Lupita’s elegance. Lupita everything. Even though the 12 Years a Slave actress was snubbed last year (she was nominated for Best Actress), she managed to steal the show. Slaying the red carpet in a crimson dress, the decision was easy: Lupita was easily the best dressed nominee at last year’s ceremony.
He paved the way for Black Hollywood. In 1959, Sidney Poitier became the first Black actor to be nominated for a Golden Globe, and in 1964, he snagged the Best Actor award for Lilies of the Field.
Believe it or not, it took until 1986 before a Black woman won a Golden Globe. That title went to Whoopi Goldberg for her portrayal of a character we all know and love: Celie in The Color Purple. She took home the Best Actress award, and her victory is forever immortalized in our minds, partially thanks to her, um, memorable outfit.
Actors always talk about how they feel that they don’t deserve their win, but in 1998, Ving Rhames wasn’t playing. After he won Best Actor in a TV miniseries for Don King: Only in America, he graced the stage and announced that fellow nominee Jack Lemmon for his role in 12 Angry Men deserved the award more. The shocking part? He actually followed through, giving Lemmon his award and refusing to take it back.
Aww! We got our first peek at Kerry Washington’s adorable baby bump at last year’s Golden Globe Awards. The Scandal star was nominated for Best Actress in a Television drama, but sadly, she didn’t take home the top prize.
Well when the spirit hits you… After Jamie Foxx received the award for Best Actor in 2005 for his part in Ray, the comedian bounded onto the stage and led the audience in an impromptu singalong to Ray Charles’ “Baby What I Say.” The amazing part? The audience jumped right in without giving it a second thought.
Award show red carpets are open season for fashion critics. But Octavia Spencer wasn’t going to let that stress her out. The Help actress was nominated for (and won!) Best Supporting Actress in 2008, but it was her body-positive message to ESSENCE.com readers that stole the show. “I can tell you I will very comfortable and I will feel very sexy with my body type.” Preach!