A Chinese proverb says, “Real gold does not fear the test of fire.” Someone should have mentioned this proverb to the host of the 81st Golden Globe Awards, Jo Koy. The relatively unknown comedian was announced as the host of the award two weeks before the ceremony and failed spectacularly to rise to the occasion. 

Following in the footsteps of previous comedic hosts such as the acerbic Ricky Gervais, who has hosted the awards five times, the hilarious duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and comedian Jerrod Carmicheal, to name a few, Koy bombed, making sexist remarks, saying that, as opposed to Oppenheimer, the Barbie movie was “based on a plastic doll with big boobs”. He also managed to upset the usually easygoing Taylor Swift by saying, “The big difference between the Golden Globes and the NFL? On the Golden Globes, we have fewer camera shots of Taylor Swift, I swear.” This was about the singer’s relationship with NFL player Travis Kelce. Swift has been to a number of his games and is almost always in camera shots. Koy has since said he “feels bad” about the Swift joke. 

But flat jokes aside, this year’s globes were, predictably, absolutely dominated by Succession, Oppenheimer and Barbie. Billie Eilish’s “What Was I Made For” from Barbie won best original song. Succession’s Sarah Snook, Kieran Culkin and Matthew Macfayden won the Actress in a TV Drama, Actor in a TV Drama and Male Actor in a Supporting Role on Television, respectively.

Cillian Murphy won Best Actor in a Motion Picture for his depiction of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the theoretical physicist credited with being the “father of the atomic bomb” for his role in the Manhattan Project. This World War II undertaking developed the first nuclear weapons. Check out the complete list of the winners here.

The fashion was also one of the best we’ve seen in years. Margot Robbie wore a pink dress inspired by the 1977 Superstar Barbie. Taylor Swift stunned in a gorgeous green Gucci dress. Ayo Edebiri, who won the Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy award for her role as chef Sydney Adamu on The Bear, wore a gorgeous red Prada gown, and we couldn’t stop looking. Dua Lipa and Natasha Lyonne both stunned in Schiaparelli, and Rosamund Pike perhaps had the best look of the night with her Dior outfit, channelling her Saltburn character Elspeth Catton.

Overall, the bad jokes aside, the Globes was a fun night out for some of our biggest celebrities, and it’s nice to see all the hard-working (at least we think) entertainers get their recognition.