SEEMINGLY missing Ricky Gervais' cringeworthy moments of yesteryear, Jeremy Renner took on the mantle of "the night's most awkward comment" at this year's Golden Globes.

The star of The Hurt Locker and The Bourne Legacy presented the award for Best Actor in a mini-series or TV movie alongside Jennifer Lopez, whose revealing dress had already made headlines on television and Twitter earlier on the Red Carpet.

Renner asks Lopez to open the envelope to reveal the winner (which went to Billy Bob Thornton for Fargo) with Lopez responding, "You want me to do it? I have the nails."

Renner then glances down and quips, "You got the globes too", gesturing towards Lopez's deep V-neck dress.

Lopez takes the comment well, laughing and then simply shrugging the joke off. The audience reaction, however, is "majority groan".

Viewers instantly took to Twitter to criticise Renner's remark.

On Monday morning, Renner took to his own Twitter account to respond to the criticism, calling on people to not take his remark seriously and calling Lopez a "gem".