Beyoncé kept a pretty low profile at the Golden Globes on Sunday night, despite her song Spirit (which she wrote for the 2019 Lion King remake) being nominated for Best Original Song - Motion Picture. The singer decided to skip the red carpet arrivals all together, with viewers only really able to catch a glimpse of the star with her husband, Jay-Z, during the live broadcast of the ceremony once they had taken their seats.
However, when Joaquin Phoenix won Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for his role in the titular film, Joker, the entire crowd erupted into a rapturous applause with a standing ovation - well, everyone except Beyoncé.
The star was spotted applauding and smiling for the actor from her chair, though the clip itself is more of a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, and it's still unclear as to why she didn't stand. But naturally, of course, Twitter has since gone into quite the frenzy.
Some presumed the singer was protesting Joaquin's win, and subsequently praised her for it. Others, however, argued her form-fitting custom Schiaparelli Haute cCuture gown, which included massive sculptural gold shoulders, prevented her from standing up and would have blocked the view.
Just putting it out there. MAYBE Beyoncé didn’t stand during Joaquin Phoenix’s standing ovation because her dress was massive & would have been a pain to get out of her chair with and then gather it to sit down again.
Just a thought. Maybe it wasn’t a statement. #GoldenGlobes— Nicki Price (@nickiprice27) January 6, 2020
Apparently there was some hoop-la over Beyoncé not standing during the ovation for Joaquin Phoenix at the #GoldenGlobes...did you see my queen’s dress?!? She would’ve stolen the moment! Be grateful of her.— Candace S. Coleman (@candacescoleman) January 6, 2020
By a pretty stark contrast, other users found the speculation completely pointless.
Joaquin Phoenix just did a speech about global warming and how celebrities should start doing changes themselves personally instead of putting the responsibility in other people and then clean their hands. But somehow Beyonce not giving him a standing ovation is more important... pic.twitter.com/GyjH9mBDQa— Kacchan stans CL (@KacchanBakugoK) January 6, 2020
Safe to say, the reactions were certainly very mixed. It would apear that Twitter hasn't quite made up its mind yet - but then again, has it ever?