After a long night of dancing, coming home to your couch and moaning a sigh of relief when you take off your heels is the ultimate. And it's not just us normals who feel this way: Emma Thompson carried her heels on stage at the 2014 Golden Globes, no longer caring about making a glamorous impression. (Although I'd personally argue that she became even more glamorous with her "don't care" swagger.)
According to Huffington Post, "Emma Thompson continued her campaign against the cruelty of high heels at [the 2014] Golden Globes, arriving onstage barefoot like a wonderful comfort-loving goddess." Looking award-season ready in her two-toned, metallic turtleneck dress, she came on stage holding a martini glass in one hand and her Louboutins in the other, ready to present the award for Best Screenplay. She swirled her martini and, throwing a cheeky glance to the audience, looked at her skyscraper-tall shoes and said, "I just want you to know, this red, it's my blood."
And judging by the height of those bad boys, I wouldn't be surprised if it actually was. I think we can all relate to those foot cramps that come towards the end of the night, so walking up barefoot on stage seems like the much-better option.
As Miss Golden Globe, Sosie Bacon, approached Thompson with the envelope, she had to make a split-second decision between what to give over to free up her hands: The martini, or the shoes. With a nonchalant shrug, she tossed the expensive heels over her shoulder and took the envelope.
Solid choice Ms. Thompson. Solid choice.
While I think most women clapped from their couches in solidarity and appreciation when the shoes were lobbed, this actually wasn't Thompson's first public show of hate towards stilettos.
As the Huffington Post reported, Thompson also said, "I've taken my heels off as a feminist statement really, because why do we wear them? They're so painful. And pointless, really. You know, I really would like to urge everyone to stop it. Just stop it. Don’t wear them anymore. You just can't walk in them, and I’m so comfortable now."
Though this was undoubtedly one of her best, Here are some other times Thompson wowed us with her witty charm.
1. That Time She Said She Was Grateful For Menopause
During her 2014 speech upon receiving the best actress award for her work in Saving Mr. Banks at the National Board Of Review Gala, Thompson touched on the fact that she was pretty darn grateful for hitting menopause at such an opportune time. At that time last year, the East Coast was experiencing one of its polar vortex blasts. As People reported, Thompson said, "It's such a cold night and it's the only time I've actively been grateful for menopause. I've been entirely comfortable." Toastiness.
2. When She Joked About Sacrificing Vanity For Roles
In that same speech, Thompson commented on what actors need to sacrifice in order to become their characters — mainly, their vanity. If you'll remember Thompson played author of Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers, in Saving Mr. Banks, which isn't the most sexy of roles. To that, she cheekily responded, "It's been an extraordinary year for women's roles. I can't think what gave me the edge. It must have been the perm, which was a great sacrifice. It meant no sex [with my husband, British actor Greg Wise] for months on end."
The jury is still out whether that was worth all the awards.
3. When She Drank From A Solo Cup At The SAG Awards
I've never been to one of these shindigs, but I'm assuming red carpet events have enough money in the budget for proper martini glasses. Which is why when, according to US Weekly, Robert DeNiro announced the nominees for Best Actress at the SAG Awards and the camera panned to Thompson drinking out of a blue solo cup, I just about lost it. Not only that, but then she asked for a refill like the champ that she is.
Oh Emma Thompson, please never change. Keep giving us that comic relief during the long award seasons.