Golden Globe Moments
Hilary Swank pulled off a double whammy in 2000, winning the Golden Globe in January for best actress in a drama for Boys Don't Cry, then taking the Best Actress Oscar two months later, beating Hollywood heavyweights Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore.
ALIVE & KICKING
After accepting the 2002 Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement from fellow Jack Ryan portrayer Ben Affleck (who starred as the Tom Clancy-created character in 2002's The Sum of All Fears), an ill-at-ease Harrison Ford wryly told the audience that he was honored "to be nominated in a category in which all the competition is dead."
AUSSIES TAKE OVER
At the 2002 Globes, Australian actress Rachel Griffiths, pictured accepting the award for best supporting actress in a drama series for Six Feet Under, represented the artists from Down Under who took Hollywood by storm in 2001. Among the Aussie attendees, nominees and presenters were Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Judy Davis.
In 1994, Tom Hanks got a standing ovation after winning the best actor award for Philadelphia. The film explored the personal and professional journey of a gay man with AIDS, at the time still very much a taboo subject. Hanks's win "forced the studios to stop saying this material was simply uncommercial," In amp Out screenwriter Paul Rudnick told Entertainment Weekly in 1999.
DON'T WALK AWAY RENéE
When 2001's best actress in a musical or comedy (for Nurse Betty) winner Renée Zellweger heard her name called, she was primping in the ladies' room. "I thought I had something on my teeth," she told PEOPLE, "so I went to check."
In 2000, when Denzel Washington accepted the Golden Globe for best actor in a drama for his portrayal of wrongly imprisoned boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter in The Hurricane, he invited the film's namesake to the podium. "This man right here is love," a choked-up Washington told the audience. "He's all love."
Stargazers went wild when Russell Crowe and Jodie Foster arrived hand-in-hand to the 2000 Golden Globes – but the two assured onlookers there was nothing romantic going on. When asked why she attended the ceremony with Crowe, Foster joked: "He paid me."
Just three and a half months after delivering her first child, daughter Lourdes, pop icon Madonna accepted the 1997 Golden Globe for best actress in a motion picture (comedy or musical) for her starring role in Evita. She also got to show off her post-pregnancy bod.
Julia Roberts got her first Golden Globe in 1990 (left) for best supporting actress in Steel Magnolias. But she really stole audiences' hearts – and walked away with another Globe, for best actress in a motion picture (comedy or musical) – in 1991 with Pretty Woman, her breakthrough film.
Jim Carrey reacts with glee after winning the 1999 Golden Globe for best actor in a drama for his role in The Truman Show. The film marked a departure for the actor, who made his name in highly physical comedic roles. But the glow wouldn't last: A month later, Carrey found out he wasn't nominated for an Oscar.