“Alte kakers rule!” said The Kominsky Method‘s Michael Douglas after winning the 2019 Golden Globe Award for best actor in a TV musical or comedy, a double-duty reference to both his role as the aging acting coach Sandy Kominsky and to his 102-year-old Kirk Douglas, name-checked in the tonight’s first acceptance speech.
Alte kaker, in case you were about to Google for a definition (and checking the various spellings, including one used in an earlier version of this story) means old man in Yiddish.
Douglas, who beat out upstarts (relatively speaking) Sacha Baron Cohen, Jim Carrey, Donald Glover and Bill Hader, thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for treating him so well over the last 45 years.
The win started tonight’s awards presentation on a tried-and-true note: The award was Douglas’ third after 1988’s Wall Street and 2014’s Behind the Candelabra. He also was the recipient of 2004’s Cecil B. Demille Award.
Douglas, presented the trophy by presenters Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, first thanked Kominsky creator Chuck Lorre, then noted, among others, his co-star and “dancing partner” Alan Arkin, his kids and his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Finally, he thanked his acting-legend father before raising the award and shouting “Alte kakers rule!”