Golden Globes Broadcast Censors Wrong Parts of Frances McDormand’s Speech, Misses Actual Curse Word


The censors at NBC didn’t have to hit the mute button all that often during Sunday’s Golden Globes ceremony, but they did end up using it three times during Frances McDormand’s acceptance speech for Best Actress in a Drama for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” — none of which seemed to have actually silenced a curse word.
The first time came when she was thanking Fox Searchlight for allowing “our film to find its audience.” NBC muted McDormand when she said “Fox Searchlight,” I guess thinking she was dropping an F-bomb rather than saying the name of the studio that released the film.
The second mute came moments later when McDormand was shouting out the entire cast and crew on “Three Billboards,” saying that “everybody brought their best game to this one. Their very best game. For instance, I cannot throw a baseball for shite.”
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At that point the broadcast muted McDormand, blocking the rest of the sentence, but not fast enough to censor the word that warranted it. When audio returned, she was saying “… one building to another across a two-lane street,” with viewers left to wonder what she was talking about there.
NBC later posted the speech on YouTube uncensored, and we got to hear the rest of the sentence finally: “For instance, I cannot throw a baseball for shite, but I managed to get molotov cocktails from one building to another across a two-lane street. That was really fun, but don’t try that at home.” You can view the whole speech embedded below.
Finally, McDormand addressed the political bent of the evening and the #TIMESUP movement, saying, “It was really great to be in this room tonight, and to be a part of the tectonic shift in our industry’s power structure.” NBC censored the word “shift” in that sentence, apparently thinking she was saying “s—” instead. Nice.

Here’s who the HFPA embraced — and skipped — during the 75th Golden Globes on Jan. 7.

Surprise: Sam Rockwell, Best Supporting Actor for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Rockwell winning for his role in Martin McDonagh’s drama is a clear upset over other nominees, Willem Dafoe, Christopher Plummer and Armie Hammer.
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Snub: Willem Dafoe, Best Best Supporting Actor for “The Florida Project.”
Dafoe was a clear frontrunner for his role in “The Florida Project,” and Armie Hammer and Christopher Plummer were favorites too, but Sam Rockwell managed to upset them all. 

Surprise: Rachel Brosnahan, Best Actress in a TV Series Musical or Comedy for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
Pamela Adlon and Issa Rae were snubbed in this category due to Brosnahan’s win for a relatively new show from Amazon Studios.

Snub: Tommy Wiseau not being allowed to speak on stage
James Franco called Tommy Wiseau on stage while accepting his award for Best Actor Musical or Comedy, and when Wiseau gunned for the mic, Franco pushed him away. The crowd anxiously waited for Wiseau to speak, but he never did.
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Surprise: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” wins Best Screenplay
Sure, the race was tight between Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” and McDonagh’s “Three Billboards” — but many thought the award would go to Gerwig due to the fact that it’s more heartfelt and has become the best reviewed film in Rotten Tomatoes history. 
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Snub: Robert de Niro, Best Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made For Television for “The Wizard of Lies”
Many predicted De Niro to win in this category, or Kyle MacLachlan for “Twin Peaks.” But instead, Ewan McGregor won the award for “Fargo.”

Surprise: Aziz Ansari, Best Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for “Master of None”
Anthony Anderson for “Black-ish” is always a strong contender, and voters apparently really liked the revived “Will and Grace,” so Eric McCormack was a frontrunner. TheWrap’s Steve Pond predicted Kevin Bacon would win for “I Love Dick,” but in the end, Ansari took home the prize. 

Snub: “The Shape of Water” for Best Picture — Drama
“The Shape of Water” is gloriously imaginative filmmaking, yet the film was snubbed by “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

Surprise: “Lady Bird” wins Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
“Lady Bird,” “The Disaster Artist” and “Get Out” were sure frontrunners, but many had thought “Get Out” would win due to its social criticism (although the HFPA received criticism for accepting it as a comedy). “Lady Bird” is also a surprising win given that director Greta Gerwig wasn’t even nominated in the Best Director category. 

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“Three Billboards” star beat out Willem Dafoe in “Florida Project,” while Rachel Brosnahan won for her relatively new show “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Here’s who the HFPA embraced — and skipped — during the 75th Golden Globes on Jan. 7.

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