JANUARY 8 – GOLDEN GLOBES: Steve Carell & Kristen Wiig
Before presenting Best Animated Feature to “Zootopia”, the “Despicable Me 3” stars reflected on the first animated movies they ever saw – and the bit was hilarious.
JANUARY 29 – MISS UNIVERSE: Steve Harvey Returns
13 months after he announced the wrong Miss Universe winner, Steve Harvey returned to the pageant stage. After the moment was re-played (as if anyone didn’t remember what happened), Harvey said, “I didn’t ask them to replay last year. That was not my idea. Who the Hell thought that was a good idea?” Harvey later reunited with Miss Philippines, Pia Wurtzbach: “Thank you for making me the most popular Miss Universe.”
Harvey then asked this year’s Miss Colombia contestant how people in Colombia feel about him: “A lot of people hate you.” Harvey prayed to God before he named this year’s winner – and Pia handed him some glasses to read the card.
FEBRUARY 5 – SUPER BOWL LI: Patriots Beat Falcons
In the first overtime in SB history, the New England Patriots came back from a 28-3 deficit in the middle of the 3rd Quarter to beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28. One of the greatest upsets/comebacks in sports history.
FEBRUARY 12 – BAFTA AWARDS: Cirque du Solei Open
Most Americans were watching The Grammys that night. But those in London were treated to a fun BAFTA Awards featuring this:
FEBRUARY 26 – OSCARS: Denzel Marries A Couple
This year’s Oscars will always be remembered for the envelope snafu. But a terrific, positive highlight came midway through the show when host Jimmy Kimmel allowed tourists into the Dolby Theatre to meet their favorite stars. Denzel (nominated for “Fences”) even did this:
FEBRUARY 27 – AFTER THE OSCARS: Emma Stone Tells Her Side of the Story
The newly-named Best Actress was asked about the envelope mess-up in the press room.
MAY 1 – LIVE!: Ryan Seacrest Joins Kelly Ripa
In a TV move that shocked the nation, one of the busiest people in LA began a new day job in NYC.
MAY 14 – MISS USA: Terrence J’s Height Called Into Question
During one of the other annual pageants, host Terrence J told co-host Julianne Hough, “You know, I’m 6 foot 3 [inches], right?”. Hough replied, “Oh yeah!” Terrence J then started to explain, “At a Young Age I…” Though we couldn’t hear audio from the audience, that’s when someone off-stage quickly shouted at Terrence – denying his height. Terrence turned and said, “Shut Up Over There! I am 6′ 3”. Shut Up.” Hough laughed. It was funny, yet slightly cringeworthy.
JUNE 11 – TONY AWARDS: Midler & Spacey
Bette Midler won Best Actress in a Musical for “Hello, Dolly!”. Her acceptance speech totaled nearly 4 minutes and 15 seconds, with Midler shouting “I just wanna say” 7 times as the orchestra was playing music. Midler’s response: “Shut that Crap Off!” A few minutes later, host Kevin Spacey emerged as his “House of Cards” character Frank Underwood to give the Best Musical envelope to presenter Lin-Manuel Miranda. Underwood looked into the camera and said, “I wanna get outta here before Bette Midler thanks anyone else.”
The finale with Spacey & Patti Lupone was also fantastic.
JUNE 25 – BET AWARDS: Jamie Foxx Slams “Sleepless”
While promoting “Baby Driver”, Foxx (on stage with his kids) destroyed his previous film, “Sleepless” (which opened in January): “It’s tough when you still gotta promote it. You know when it’s bad when they don’t ask you nothing about the movie, just ‘Man – that jacket you was wearing was tight!’ I know it sucked.”
JUNE 29 – WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE: Ferrell Talks Carey Cameo
Will Ferrell explains to Andy Cohen why Mariah Carey’s cameo in “The House” didn’t happen after all.