The Golden Globe cameras didn’t catch Ellen DeGeneres’s reaction at the ceremony, but Ellen’s team sure did. Reece Witherspoon’s emotional Cecil B. DeMille Award introduction was aimed at Oprah, but Ellen read it all wrong. Her reaction to the award choice is surprising, but is there more to the story?
Chat show host Ellen DeGeneres is famous for her warm personality – Generes by name, generous by nature. Since the 1980s, she’s entertained TV audiences as an actress, comedian and the voice of Dory in Finding Nemo. Additionally, her own program – The Ellen DeGeneres Show – is renowned for its lavish giveaways and prizes.
Moreover, she’s won the hearts of people from all walks of life for her involvement with the LGBT community. Ellen first came out as gay herself on a 1997 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show. She and Oprah have since become not only close friends, but neighbors too.
So Ellen’s reaction at the Golden Globe Awards on January 7, 2018, may well surprise some. According to her, there was an “awkward moment” at the Golden Globes that some may have missed. However, much like Hollywood, not everything is what it seems.
The tension Ellen referenced came after Reese Witherspoon’s speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award. According to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, it gives the award to celebrities who have made “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.” Reese actually meant her speech for Oprah.
Reese recently worked with Oprah on the 2018 film adaption of the 1962 book called A Wrinkle in Time. Ellen – who was apparently sitting next to Oprah during the speech – saw Reese looking in her direction. Ellen’s reaction to the misinterpreted situation was priceless.
“Thank you for your grace, and your generosity, and your wisdom,” Reese said in Ellen and Oprah’s direction. “And thank you for your powerful contribution to the world of film and television.” Ellen was so touched that she made a heart shape with her hands for Reece as the crowd applauded.
“There are a lot of people known on a first-name basis,” Reese continued. “But there’s only one person whose name is a verb, an adjective and a feeling.” At this point, Ellen started to look a little confused as she counted the points off on her fingers.
Reese dropped the bombshell by announcing the real winner of the award. When she said, “And that is Oprah,” Ellen did a double-take to her friend sitting next to her. As the crowd cheered, Ellen angrily got up from her seat and made to leave.
However, Ellen didn’t finish there; she turned back to her table to grab a bottle of champagne before leaving. On The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the host herself admitted that the moment was “embarrassing.” Fortunately, the Golden Globes cameras didn’t catch her reaction.
But don’t judge Ellen too harshly – it was one of the comedian’s cleverly edited pranks. Ellen knows how to fake some good footage, and it’s not the first time she’s made a “guest appearance.” In fact, she claimed there are many clips of her left on the film industry’s cutting room floor.
For example, did you know she was in the James Cameron blockbuster Titanic? Well, she wasn’t, but the film would have been a whole lot funnier if she had been. Which is probably why Cameron went with a more serious tone for a movie based on a real-world disaster.
And then there’s the film adaption of Stephanie Meyer’s novel, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1. Ellen gave viewers a glimpse of what could have been if she got a supporting role. Would it have been better than the original? You can be the judge.
Ellen also broke into another big film franchise with edited footage of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. Ever wanted to see her as a Death Eater? Once you see her in the role, you won’t be able to unsee her.
She’s managed to Ellen-up not only movies, but also commercials and even music videos. Adding a bit of Ellen to something changes the entire tone of the project, arguably for more hilarity. You only have to see her in Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda video for further proof.
Ellen’s a bit of a joker, but Oprah didn’t take her prank seriously – the two remain steadfast friends. Indeed, on February 22, 2018, both Oprah and Reese appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres show. They were there to discuss an important topic: who Oprah’s best friend was.
Naturally, both Ellen and Reese thought they should be classed as the better friend. With that in mind, there was only one way to find out the truth – a quiz about Oprah. Despite Oprah’s insistence they could all be best friends, Ellen and Reese drew battle lines.
Well, the quiz was very tongue-in-cheek, so the battle lines were more doodled with a metaphorical crayon than drawn. According to the quiz rules, when Oprah read out a question, the first friend to pick up her fan-made knitted head answered. The friend with the most points won.
It was a close call, but ultimately, Ellen won (it’s only fair – it is her show after all). However, in true Ellen DeGeneres fashion, the audience were the real winners. After the quiz, everyone present received a $300 prize from movie ticket company, Fandango.
As previously mentioned, Reese and Oprah star together in the sci-fi movie, A Wrinkle in Time. Although there’s no sign of Ellen in there yet, it’s only a matter of time before Ellen decides to make a “guest appearance” in that too. We can’t wait.