Last night while accepting his Golden Globe award for Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Drama Series for the final season of Mad Men, Jon Hamm seemed slightly less suave than usual. In his speech, he thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press for supporting the show over the years and then stumbled through thank yous before making a joke about Weiner not taking his suggestion about ending the entire series on Chumbawamba — a joke that was met with little fanfare from the audience.
And it wasn’t a bad joke! Just blame people having a lower threshold for Chumbawamba humor these days. However, speaking with Maria Menounos at the E! Golden Globes afterparty, Hamm gave some insight to both his speech and the joke, which basically just came down to the fact that he really, truly didn’t think he was going to win.
I think the Golden Globes tradition is to sort of pick the “outlier” and pick the new thing and pick the thing that people maybe haven’t seen and support them, because that’s what we were in 2007.
So I thought, ‘well, it’s the new guy’s year and that’ll be great.’ And then they said the old guy and I thought, oh, sh*t. This is gonna be bad. Then you’re standing in front of literally everybody who’s the most famous people in the universe and you have to say something funny and I tried to and I failed. That’s when you really want to have a British accent, because everything sounds better.
Well he does have kind of a point there, but it really wasn’t that bad of a joke. And somewhere out there, the various members of Chumbawamba were probably just happy that someone mentioned them.
Here’s Hamm’s Golden Globes speech in full: