When Jacqueline Bisset won the second Golden Globe award of the evening, for best supporting TV actress for her role in Dancing on the Edge, the actress reminded the room that in 1969 she had been nominated for “most promising newcomer” at the Golden Globes. Now, with her fifth career nomination, she finally has a win — and an awkward awards-show moment to go with it.
Bisset, whose role in the BBC drama about a 1930s jazz band (which airs in the U.S. on Starz) beat out women from better-known series like Nashville and Modern Family, has a long list of prestigious acting credits: Bullitt, Day for Night, Murder on the Orient Express, John of Arc and many more. Her decades of work, however, seemed to have left her unprepared for a win. Her acceptance speech, though sincere and often charming, skipped from topic to topic — harking back to the ’60s, pausing for long moments, calling on her Dancing on the Edge co-star Chiwetel Ejiofor for moral support (to be fair, that shout-out was less random than it may have seemed), putting the tape delay to good use and getting played off stage even before she began thanking anyone.
But at least Bisset wasn’t alone in one respect: with Elizabeth Moss’ “oh sh-” acceptance speech mere minutes later, the tape-delay proved handy once again.