A wild Golden Globes night had Taylor Swift, the hilarious, and the serious.

The lukewarm chardonnay Jennifer Lawrence prophesied may not have been served. But the 81st Golden Globes featured a little of everything: frivolity, seriousness, history, a few brilliant jokes and many horrible ones, plenty of stars, and Taylor Swift, who didn't present but made her presence felt as only Swift can.

One tendency emerged: The “heimer” component won round one of the 2024 “Barbenheimer” showdown. The sweeping biography “Oppenheimer” won best drama, best director, best actor (Cillian Murphy), and supporting actor (Robert Downey Jr.). Greta Gerwig's candy-colored “Barbie” lost to unexpected winner 

“Poor Things” in comedy/musical, while Billie Eilish's mournful “What Was I Made For” won best song and new cinematic and box office accomplishment.

Though “Barbie” is still a formidable force, her admirers and Swifties were disappointed. The pop diva missed her sixth Globe nomination after breaking all records in 2023. She looked stunning in Gucci green on the carpet and made a meme-worthy reaction to emcee Jo Koy's joke about her with an icy gaze.

Swift wasn't alone in her unhappiness; Koy stopped making jokes which fell flat and explained that he had only 10 days to prepare.

The audience laughed more when Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig pretended the event was “a serious night.” The joke was that few took the ritual seriously. Presenter Mark Hamill: “It's the only awards show with an open bar.”

But it was important and emotional: Lily Gladstone, of “Killers of the Flower Moon,” became the first Indigenous best actress in a drama, speaking in Blackfeet and reminding the audience that there are still great achievements to celebrate.

Koy said, “I needed another hour,” regarding the long “Oppenheimer,” getting laughter. Over time, the monologue showed that the comedian required crisper gags from the authors. Harrison Ford, Selena Gomez, and the “Barbie” team were unimpressed when he said “Oppenheimer” was based on serious material while their picture was based on “a plastic doll with big boobies.”