Throughout the 2016 Golden Globes we’ve experienced tons of laughs (thanks, Eva Longoria and America Ferrera!), quite a few groans (no thanks, Ricky Gervais), and even some happy tears in the form of Rachel Bloom’s amazing win for “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” but nothing could have prepared our tear ducts for what happened when the award for Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture was called about halfway through the night.
When Sylvester Stallone triumphed over Paul Dano from “Love & Mercy,” Idris Elba from “Beasts of No Nation,” Mark Rylance from “Bridge of Spies” and Michael Shannon from “99 Homes,” the entire crowd at the Beverly Hills Hilton — yes, including the category’s losers — stood up for an emotional standing ovation as soon as the actor’s name was called. (For “Creed,” of course.)
The fact that the Rocky music played as the actor took the stage to accept the award? Well, icing on the proverbial cake, of course.
Once the clearly surprised Stallone was able to speak, he made sure to thank his stunning wife, the city of Philadelphia, the producers who were willing to take a chance on a “mumbling actor” way back when — exactly 40 years ago, for anyone keeping track — and his “imaginary friend” Rocky Balboa for “being the best friend I ever had.” Sniff.
He curiously forgot to thank “Creed” director Ryan Coogler and its de facto star Michael B. Jordan, but hey — there’s plenty of time backstage for that. (And according to some tweeting journalists, he tried to run back onstage and thank them after NBC cut away.)
All the snaps (and Golden Gloves?) in the world to Stallone, for 40 amazing years of Rocky. Hollywood — as I’m sure you just noticed — thanks you.