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Posted at 5:20 PM ET, 01/14/2011

Golden Globes: A list of ridiculous red carpet moments

By Jen Chaney

Some people watch the Golden Globe Awards because they can't wait to see who wins.

Others watch the Golden Globe pre-shows because they can't wait to see which celebrities (or, more likely, interviewers) make flagrant fools of themselves on live television.

Yes, during the glam-cammed, inane-question-filled, product-placement-o-rama that is your typical red carpet show, there is usually at least one "did that just happen?" moment.

As we prepare for more of those ahead of this Sunday's Globes -- which we'll discuss live in the blog starting that evening at 6 p.m. EST -- here's a rundown of five deliciously bizarre surprises from the Golden Globe red carpets of the recent past.

5. Brangelina snub Ryan Seacrest.

At the 2009 Golden Globes, Hollywood's high-glamour couple refused to talk to the E! host, starting an online debate about whether they were rude or right to blow off the Man of 1,000 Media Jobs. Seacrest may have been embarrassed, but the moment made for top-notch train wreck TV.

4. Joan Rivers forgets who Will Ferrell is.

When Will Ferrell attempted to crash an interview with Mike Nichols and Diane Sawyer in 2005, Rivers -- the first lady of red carpet coverage -- lost her cool. And, momentarily, she also seemed to lose all memory of who Ferrell was. "I have two big names here, so could you just wait?" she said. As if there's a bigger name than Ron Burgundy. (Sadly, I could not find video footage of this epic moment. Internet, you so disappoint me.)

3. Giuliana Rancic pseudo-throws herself at George Clooney.

During last year's Golden Globes, the E! hostess -- hardly shy about her affection for Mr. Debonair -- started trying to get Clooney's attention in the middle of an interview with his "Up in the Air" co-star Anna Kendrick. Later, Rancic screamed semi-manically in Italian in an attempt to score an interview. (The actor had already spoken to E!'s Seacrest.) When I spoke to her about the incident, Rancic seemed quite aware that she was making a mega-fool of herself and, in fact, was doing so on purpose. You can be the judge; she starts shouting for George in the video below at the 54-second mark.

2. Isaac Mizrahi gropes Scarlett Johansson.

The Golden Globes are known for their permissive atmosphere. But touching a woman's breast without her consent? That pushes the boundaries a bit too far. But that didn't stop then-E! interlocutor Mizrahi from doing just that in an attempt to check out the support system in Johannson's knock-out red gown. To the actress's credit, she didn't seem too thrown off by the moment, although she did ask the question that everyone watching also asked at the exact same time: "What is going on?"

1. Kathy Griffin announces that Dakota Fanning has checked into rehab, despite the fact that Dakota Fanning did no such thing.

In a 2005 red-carpet moment that was both inappropriate and, in retrospect, hilarious, Griffin announced that 10-year-old Fanning had entered rehab. Griffin made it a bit of a running gag throughout the telecast, causing confusion among other celebrities and, eventually, her ouster from E!'s subsequent red carpet coverage. Ridiculous on a variety of levels? Most definitely.

By Jen Chaney  | January 14, 2011; 5:20 PM ET
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I felt particularly bad for Giuliana last year, since her hairstyle made her look like a skinny alien. I saw a photo of her at a different event, where her hair was down and curled just enough and she actually looked really pretty. But at last year's GGs, she just looked creepy.

Posted by: Aloe9678 | January 14, 2011 11:20 PM | Report abuse

As a family that used to own a costuming company, I thought the Isaac Mizrahi thing was amusing, but not horrifying.

People who build clothes for a living - a designer at his level builds them, he doesn't just design and sew them - is always curious about the structure of a dress. That dress had impressive architecture, and that's what he was trying to suss out.

Now, it was inappropriate, but trust me - these starlets who look poured into their dresses are physically measured and adjusted by designers - it's part of the gig. I had a custom fit wedding dress (part of the costuming company thing), and I had a designer and assistant orbiting me, poking, prodding, discussing where the dress architecture would hit me, and touching while they did so. It was a bit startling, but completely non-sexual.

The problem here was that he did it on national cable TV. He was also a bit of an idiot with the "I touched Scarlett's boobs" thing and he could have perhaps waited until they were off camera. But this was a combination of personal interest coinciding with a designer's occasional lapse of personal space ;)

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | January 15, 2011 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Who was the British chick doing the interviews for NBC's pre-show? She was AWFUL...looked like death warmed over and acted though she was bored to death to be doing the interviews.

Posted by: changling | January 18, 2011 9:43 AM | Report abuse

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