Beyoncé Stayed Seated During Joaquin Phoenix's Standing Ovation

Erica Gonzales

From Harper's BAZAAR

  • Beyoncé was seen sitting at the Golden Globes while the audience gave Joaquin Phoenix a standing ovation for his Best Actor win.

  • It's unclear why the singer was seated, but some Twitter fans interpreted it as a form of protest.

  • Beyoncé was also nominated for Best Original Song at this year's ceremony.

Photo credit: Twitter
Photo credit: Twitter

You might have missed Beyoncé at the Golden Globes last night if you weren't looking hard enough. The superstar skipped the red carpet arrivals and was later seen standing in the back of the venue with husband Jay-Z before they took their seats mid-ceremony. Viewers were lucky enough to get flashes of her reactions here and there during the broadcast, but for the most part, she tried to stay under the radar. That was until Joaquin Phoenix won.

When the actor claimed his award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for his role in Joker, the crowd responded with a standing ovation; but Beyoncé was spotted sitting down. It was a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, and the reason for her sitting was unclear, but it was enough to get Twitter talking.

Some praised her for presumably protesting his win, others scolded her for disrespecting the actor, and some explained that the singer was presumably sitting because her custom Schiaparelli couture gown, which had massive shoulder details, would have blocked the view. The reactions were mixd to say the least.

Beyoncé herself was nominated for a Golden Globe last night for the Best Original Song for the power ballad "Spirit," which she wrote for 2019's The Lion King. However, Elton John, who composed a new track for his biopic Rocketman, ultimately took home the prize.

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