Golden Globes Power LAT’s The Envelope to Best Traffic Day Ever

The remarkable and fascinating speech given at the 70th Golden Globes by 50-year-old Lifetime recipient Jodie Foster was equally golden for A rep for the paper tells FishbowlLA that the rush of clicks to their Foster coverage helped power The Envelope to its best day in history Monday with 12.5 million Web-based page views and another 2.3 million mobile user clicks. For a whopping total of 14.8 million page views.

Mark Olsen cranked out the quick first report about Foster’s six minutes and 40 seconds, including her backstage clarification that the speech was not a retirement announcement. Then, Monday morning, came Betsy Sharkey‘s impassioned op ed, which concluded with:

Though the specifics of what Foster actually did say, what she meant, why she chose this forum and whether she even had the right to go public in such a public, yet unconventional way, will be debated in the days, weeks and years to come. What I know is that this was one from the heart. And it was unforgettable.

As a whole, Monday goes down as the second biggest day ever of traffic for the website. The only time more readers hit the site was March 11, 2011, in the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

Previously on FishbowlLA:
Thanks to Drudge N-Word Headline, THR Wednesday Web Traffic Was Off the Chain