There were plenty of quippy sound bites delivered on stage during this year's Golden Globes ceremony, ranging from downright shocking to emotional and inspiring.

The laid-back, free-wheeling spirit of the awards gala — fuelled by its open bar — led to several off-the-cuff remarks.

Here's some of the most memorable sounds uttered during Sunday's ceremony.

Gervais the crude

Comedian Ricky Gervais hosted the ceremony for a fourth time, repeating his unapologetic, boundary-pushing, Hollywood-skewering brand of humour. He took shots at Sean Penn, Bill Cosby, Mel Gibson and yes, even Adam Sandler's 2015 box office flop, Pixels.

Ricky Gervais

The comeback kid

Sylvester Stallone won for best performance by an actor in a supporting role for his work in Creed. Stallone, who told the audience he hadn't been at the ceremony since 1977, took the moment to thank his boxing friend.


Born to act?

During her acceptance speech for best actress in a TV series, a noticeably stunned Lady Gaga revealed that she wanted to be an actress before she wanted to be a singer. She won the award for her performance in American Horror Story: Hotel.

Born to Act?

Don't play me off

Taraji P. Henson, who won an award for her work in Empire, spent much of her speech complaining about the short time allotted for acceptance speeches. She continued to talk over top of the "play them off' music.

Don't play me off

The return of Mel

Embattled actor/director Mel Gibson made a rare appearance during the gala as a presenter, following a scathing introduction by host Ricky Gervais. Gervais made fun of Gibson's infamous anti-Semitic slurs, to which Gibson responded with this...


Rowdy crowd

All that alcohol led to the star-filled ballroom getting rather rowdy from time to time. Many presenters pointed this out while on stage, though the best quip came courtesy of Dame Helen Mirren.


Honest confessions

But it wasn't all just humour. Both Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio showed honesty during their acceptance speeches.

Damon, who won best comedic actor for The Martian, commented on the track record of his films.


DiCaprio, who was awarded best drama actor for The Revenant, recognized First Nations and Indigenous People in his acceptance speech.

Leo First Nations