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Top 10 Celebrity Audience Reactions

VO: MW WRITTEN BY: Savannah Sher

Script written by Savannah Sher

Award shows are known for producing some pretty awesome celebrity reactions. From Justin Timberlake’s reaction to the Britney-Madonna kiss, to Tommy Lee Jones’ scowl and Christian Slater’s puzzled look, WatchMojo is counting down the best, funniest and most awkward celebrity audience reactions.


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Script written by Savannah Sher

Top 10 Celebrity Audience Reactions

Practice your gracious loser face! Welcome to, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Celebrity Audience Reactions.

For this list, we’re looking at the funniest, sweetest or most endearing reactions that celebs have had during award shows. We’re excluding any that were contrived bits and sticking to authentic reactions.

#10: P!nk

“45th Annual American Music Awards” (2017)
At the 2017 AMAs, Christina Aguilera performed a touching tribute to the late Whitney Houston. When the camera panned to get audience reactions, they honed in on Pink, who has in the past had beef with Aguilera. In one screenshot, it appears as though Pink is grimacing and after the show, the internet went wild with accusations of their feud being reignited. If you watch the full video, it’s clear that Pink is not only enjoying the performance, but is actually singing along. She jumped on Twitter to quash the rumors so hopefully this whole thing has been debunked.

#9: Multiple Reactions to Tom Hiddleston

“74th Annual Golden Globe Awards” (2017)
In January of 2017, actor Tom Hiddleston took home a Golden Globe award for his role in “The Night Manager”. The speech he made after accepting the honor however, rubbed people the wrong way. He gave what many would call a self-congratulatory speech, patting himself on the back for providing “relief and entertainment” for Doctors Without Borders in South Sudan. The audience reactions were understandably unimpressed, particularly Christian Slater, whose perplexed gaze went on to become a hilarious meme.

#8: Justin Timberlake

“20th Annual MTV Video Music Awards” (2003)
The 2003 VMAs were truly one for the books, with one of the show’s most controversial moments ever taking place on stage. Madonna was performing with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera in an epic pop princess mashup. In a move that we doubt anyone would bat an eyelash at today, Madonna first kissed Britney, then Christina midway through one of their songs. In one of the most awkward moments in television history, the camera quickly panned to Britney’s ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake who surprisingly managed to keep a straight face. We can only imagine what must have been going through his mind!

#7: Multiple Reactions to Sean Spicer

“69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards” (2017)
At the Emmys in September of 2017, the producers decided to arrange a guest appearance that was guaranteed to stir up some controversy. Recently resigned White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, rolled in with his signature podium, causing a flurry of shocked reactions among the famous audience members. Some thought his appearance was expressly unfunny, and Melissa McCarthy, who famously played Spicer on SNL, definitely didn’t seem amused. Anna Chlumsky of HBO’s political comedy, “Veep”, had a reaction that will definitely be used for memes in posterity.

#6: Tommy Lee Jones

“70th Annual Golden Globe Awards” (2013)
Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig were charged with handing out an award at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards, and from the moment they stepped on stage together we knew it was going to be hilarious. Most of the reactions during their bit where they went through each nominee’s performance featured uproarious laughter but there was one notable exception. When they started talking about the film “Hope Springs”, Tommy Lee Jones did not seem to be in on the joke, and presented the camera with quite the scowl.

#5: Leonardo DiCaprio

“73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards” (2016)
In 2016, Lady Gaga, who is known more for her singing skills than her acting chops, took home a Golden Globe award for her role in “American Horror Story: Hotel”. The multitalented performer was clearly emotional during her acceptance speech, but the thing that everyone was buzzing about actually took place before she even got on stage. As she walked through the crowd on her way to accept the award, she brushed past Leonardo DiCaprio, and the actor’s startled reaction was one for the books.

#4: Taylor Swift

“56th Annual Grammy Awards” (2014)
Taylor Swift has definitely had some memorable awards show moments, and while this one is more subtle, it still makes us cringe. At the 2014 Grammys, Swift’s album “Red” was up for Album of the Year alongside Daft Punk’s record, “Random Access Memories”. When the presenter announced the winner, they dragged their R a little bit long, giving Swift just enough time to think she had won when in fact Daft Punk was taking home the award. She had a slightly cattier reaction at the 2013 VMAs when she seemed to mouth the words “shut the f*ck up” while One Direction was on stage.

#3: Beyoncé

“26th Annual MTV Video Music Awards” (2009)
This moment will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the most memorable awards show moments of all time. You probably know the story, but here’s a little refresher. At the 2009 VMAs, Kanye jumped on stage while Taylor Swift was accepting her award and interrupted her speech with his memorable “Imma let you finish” monologue where he extolled the virtues of Beyonce’s video which had been running in the same category. Judging by her reaction, Queen Bey did not approve this message. In 2015, she was clearly worried about a repeat performance when she mouthed “no Kanye no” after he ran on stage again.

#2: Chrissy Teigen

“72nd Golden Globe Awards” (2015)
They’re one of the cutest couples in Hollywood, so it should come as no surprise that Chrissy Teigen’s reaction to her hubby John Legend’s Golden Globe win made her have some serious feels. Legend and Common were nominated in the category of Best Original Song for their work on the film “Selma”. When they went up to accept the award, Teigen’s face betrayed just how proud she was of her partner. Her cry face quickly became a meme, but she wasn’t embarrassed, posting on Twitter that she didn’t bother practicing it.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

“30th Annual MTV Video Music Awards” (2013)

Tori Kelly
“58th Annual Grammy Awards” (2016)

Miley Cyrus & Family
“32nd Annual MTV Video Music Awards” (2015)

#1: Meryl Streep

“21st Screen Actors Guild Awards” (2015)

Meryl Streep is pretty much queen of everything and audience reactions are no exception. This reaction, which was turned into a popular meme, is now tinged with sadness. At the 2015 SAG Awards, actress Debbie Reynolds was given the Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented by her daughter, Carrie Fisher. The following year, both mother and daugher would pass away. But it’s Streep’s enthusiastic hollering that brings a bright spot to a now melancholic moment. Can you make sure to attend every awards show from here on, Meryl?

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