Meryl Streep has opened up about her first experience of the Golden Globes, in which she started lactating during the awards ceremony and was forced to cross her arms over her chest and accept her award “one-handed, while covering my breasts”.
Speaking on The Graham Norton Show, Streep admitted that her current Golden Globe nomination is her 29th. Recounting her first experience of the awards ceremony, she said was a “little afternoon event recorded on CCTV for the LA County area [in the US] only,” which started at lunchtime and went on “forever”.
But the actress, who has won eight Golden Globes over the course of her career, said she was breastfeeding at the time and the length of the ceremony caused her to have an “embarrassing” moment when she accepted her award.
Golden Globes gaffes
Golden Globes gaffes
1/10 Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie, 2014
Jonah Hill is one of the funniest men on the planet so it could have been worse when he came to the stage with Margot Robbie to find the wrong autocue in place…the rictus grins on both their faces speak volumes. And Robbie's shoulders shake with mirth even when they're handed a piece of paper with the right info on it.
2/10 Jacqueline Bisset, 2014
During her acceptance speech last year not one sentence was structured in what might be understood as English. She thanked, cursed and ruminated about forgiveness. Did you get that? Nope, me neither.
3/10 Diddy & Bono, 2014
I don't get why you wouldn’t want a bear hug from P Diddy but clearly Bono didn’t want to pucker up for some bromance. Bono actually swerves a considerable way back to avoid facial contact with the R&B legend.
4/10 Jodie Foster, 2013
This incident is only awkward because Jodie Foster eclipsed every single person at that year’s ceremony with her brilliant 'coming out' speech. Not only did she win the Cecil B DeMille award for just generally being a big deal, but then she gave the most glorious soliloquy of her career, paying tribute to her then partner and BFF, Cydney Bernard. Spare a thought for the poor soul who had to follow that.
5/10 Robert De Niro, 2011
Like the socially unacceptable granddad at the Christmas party, De Niro used his acceptance speech to make some light jokes about Hispanics being deported, as well as having a general pop at the Hollywood Foreign Press. Pay particular attention to the moment when Angelina Jolie’s does the 'oh my god!' face to Brad, once it becomes clear that De Niro has lost the plot.
6/10 Ricky Gervais, 2011
When The Office creator took to the stage to compere the 2011 awards, it was even more awkward than watching David Brent…because it was real. Apart from poking fun at Charlie Sheen (who, let's face it, is a gold mine for gags), Gervais went to town on The Tourist. One joke? Funny. Two jokes? OK. More? Make it stop. Please.
7/10 Natalie Portman, 2011
The pregnant actress couldn't hold back the flood of emotion during her speech. Was she laughing or crying? Who cares, I'm crying.
8/10 Christian Bale, 2011
I reckon being Batman must do things to you after a while - those nightly battles with the Penguin and Joker will send you over the edge. Bale gave a performance to remember when he picked up his globe and spent the next ten minutes thanking every Tom, Dick and Harry he could spot in the audience. Organisers eventually cut off Bale’s mic, presumably because they had homes to go to. Suffice to say, he wasn’t very happy about it.
9/10 Elizabeth Taylor, 2001
Liz almost blew the suspense by trying to announce the winner of the 2001 Best Film before the nominees. It took about a minute for her (with the help of aides and audience participation) to realise that she should just read off the autocue and *then* open the envelope. The audience however lapped it up – proving that Hollywood legends can do no wrong.
10/10 Christine Lahti, 1998
Imagine: you've been rehearsing your acceptance speech in the shower since you were ten. You've known what you were going to wear since forever and then when you finally win a Golden Globe…you're in the lav. It really is the stuff of nightmares. Fortunately Christine Lahti had Robin Williams on hand to awkwardly fill the space until she had, er, finished.
“I was there for Kramer vs Kramer just after giving birth to my first child. In those days they didn’t lend dresses and I didn’t have any money to buy something so I wore my wedding dress,” she said.
“It was a perfectly nice white silk dress, but the luncheon went on and I was breastfeeding and two o’clock came, three o’clock came, and boom! I started to lactate. In a white silk dress.
“It was not good and I sat with my arms crossed over my chest, they called my name and I walked to the stage with my arms crossed and accepted the award one-handed, while still covering my breasts. They must have thought I was so odd. It was so embarrassing. But only to LA County – no one else saw!” she said on the show.
Streep appears on The Graham Norton Show at 10:35pm on Friday 9 January, BBC One, alongside Mark Ruffalo, James McAvoy and Hozier.Reuse content