4 Unforgettable Golden Globe Awards Moments

Bathrooms, Rants and Alcohol-Fueled Antics All Part of the Golden Globe Tradition

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The 2011 Golden Globe Awards are set for Sunday, Jan. 16 and, as always, it's expected to be a frolicking good time.

You see, the Golden Globes are like your friend that never quite grew up - there's free alcohol roaming around and no one's ever quite sure who's going to say - or do - something outrageous after he's consumed one too many limoncellos.

But, like your immature friend, you can't help but love the offbeat charm of the Golden Globes. Need a primer for this weekend's show? Let's take a look back at four of the most unforgettable moments in Golden Globe history.

Christine Lahti's Bathroom Break (1998)

"Chicago Hope" actress must have thought she had no chance of winning the 'Best Actress in a Drama' award at the 1998 Golden Globes. So, she did what anyone would do during a lull in the festivities - she went to the bathroom.

Fortunately - or unfortunately - for Lahti, she won. Presenter Michael J. Fox called her name, and nothing happened. Cut to an awkward moment where no one was really sure what to do.

"I was just flushing the toilet and someone said, 'You won,' and I thought they were joking!" Lahti later said of the only moment people remember about her.

Oliver Stone's Unwelcome Rant (1979)

Director Oliver Stone is now almost known more for his radical political views - and friendly relationships -- with world leaders like Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and Cuba's Fidel Castro.

That wasn't the case in 1979 when Stone went to accept his award for 'Best Screenplay' for "Midnight Express." While on stage, Stone launched into an anti-government diatribe that incited boos from the audience. Host Chevy Chase tried to calm the situation by telling Stone to "just say 'thank you' and leave the stage.'"

He finally ended his speech after security guards approached him on stage. Talk about dramatic!

Ving Rhames' Hand-Off (1998)

Award show season has the (correct) reputation of being a time where celebrities can collectively suck up to one another. However, Ving Rhames took that to another (classy) level when he went up to accept his 1998 award for 'Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV' for "Don King: Only in America" - he gave it to fellow nominee Jack Lemmon.

"I feel that being an artist is about giving, and I'd like to give this to you," Rhames said to Lemmon.

Lemmon went to the stage, but tried unsuccessfully to refuse the award. He later said it was "one of the sweetest moments I've ever known in my life."

In the end, Lemmon kept the award and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association sent Rhames a replacement.

The Dark Year (2008)

The 2008 Golden Globe Awards were memorable, but not for dresses, outrageous behavior or awards sweeps. The 2008 Hollywood writer's strike resulted in a boycott of the awards - leaving the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to announce the winners with a dull press conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Luckily, the Globes returned in 2009 with the usual antics.

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