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Golden Globes 2017: Sofia Vergara’s awkward joke

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Sofia Vergara pushed the boundaries with a risque joke at the Golden Globes. Photo: Getty
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Sofia Vergara’s awkward mispronunciation gag at Monday’s Golden Globe Awards divided audiences, with some crediting Vergara for her daring sense of humour, while others questioned its propriety.

The Modern Family star was introducing Sylvester Stallone’s three daughters as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s picks for this year’s Miss Golden Globes, when she made the uncomfortable joke.

In an attempt to pronounce the word “annual”, Vergara – who is Colombian – pretended to accidentally say “anal”, before attempting to correct herself and saying “anus”.

“The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has an anal tradition,” Vergara said, prompting audiences giggles.

“I didn’t mean anal, I mean they have an anus tradition,” Vergara faux-stumbled. “They have a tradition that they do every year.”

While some questioned whether the stuff-up was real, Vergara confirmed it was a pre-planned joke in an Instagram post from the ceremony.

“I look lonely backstage but I was just trying to come up with my anus joke!” she captioned a photo of herself waiting in the wings.

While Vergara got some nervous giggles from the crowd, viewers at home were less than impressed with the stunt.

Interestingly, they were more annoyed by the joke’s racial undertones than its crude subject matter, with many complaining Vergara was the “punchline” of a stale theme of racism in Hollywood.

“I wish we could live in a world where Sofia Vergara doesn’t have to constantly mock herself in order to exist,” one Twitter user wrote.

“My impatience with the ‘Tee hee, Sofia Vergara is not from here’ jokes has now snapped,” another said.

Meryl Streep silences the room

Thankfully, Cecil B. Demille Award winner Meryl Streep was on hand to distract from Vergara’s awkward moment with her powerful, rousing speech criticising United States President-elect Donald Trump and highlighting the importance of “outsiders” in the media.

“Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners and if we kick them all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts,” Streep said.

Streep said there was one performance last year that “stunned” her, but it wasn’t from an actor. Rather, Streep tore strips off Trump for mocking disabled reporter Serge Kovaleski.

“It sank its hooks in my heart. It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled New York Times reporter – someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back,” Streep said.

“Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”

Streep’s speech earned a stirring reaction from everyone in the audience, with many in the room tearing up.

Not everyone was pleased, however, with some on Twitter accusing Streep of talking down to Trump’s voters and not considering alternate perspectives.

And the winners were…

The night was all about one movie: Damien Chazelle’s original musical, La La Land.

The film took home trophies in five categories, including Best Actor and Best Actress for its stars, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.

In a shock upset, French actress Isabelle Huppert unseated favourites like Natalie Portman to win Best Actress in a Drama for Elle, a psychological thriller.

In the television world, comedian/rapper/writer/actor Donald Glover took home two awards for his critically acclaimed series Atlanta, while Netflix’s The Crown scored two awards, beating out other favourites like Game of Thrones.

Film categories


BEST DRAMA: Moonlight

Isabelle Huppert was a surprise winner. Photo: Getty
Isabelle Huppert was a surprise winner. Photo: Getty

BEST COMEDY OR MUSICAL: La La Land

BEST ACTOR, DRAMA: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

BEST ACTRESS, DRAMA: Isabelle Huppert, Elle

BEST ACTOR, COMEDY OR MUSICAL: Ryan Gosling, La La Land

BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY OR MUSICAL: Emma Stone, La La Land

BEST DIRECTOR: Damien Chazelle, La La Land

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nocturnal Animals

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Viola Davis, Fences

BEST ANIMATED FILM: Zootopia

Donald Glover was television's big winner. Photo: Getty
Donald Glover was television’s big winner. Photo: Getty

BEST ORIGINAL SONG: City of Stars – La La Land

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: Elle – France

Television categories

BEST TV DRAMA SERIES: The Crown

BEST TV COMEDY/MUSICAL SERIES: Atlanta

BEST ACTOR, TV DRAMA: Billy Bob Thornton, Goliath

BEST ACTRESS, TV DRAMA: Claire Foy, The Crown

BEST ACTOR, TV COMEDY: Donald Glover, Atlanta

BEST ACTRESS, TV COMEDY: Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish

BEST TV MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES: The People v. O.J Simpson: American Crime Story

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