OK, so who thinks Ricky Gervais will be invited back to host the Golden Globes again next year? Raise your hands, please . . . anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
The acerbic British comedian skewered Hollywood and everyone in it during his hosting duties last night (he even had Tom Hanks grumbling at him), and it was brilliant. There were many, many people upset with his incendiary jabs, but really, what else do you expect from Ricky Gervais? That’s his act — he slices, he dices, he absolutely eviscerates egos and sacred cows. And honestly, Hollywood could do with a little more ego-popping.
I thought Gervais was, by far, the best part of the awards show. Here’s a sampling of his comments:
“It’s going to be a night of partying and heaving drinking — or as Charlie Sheen calls it: breakfast.” (OK, an easy one, but funny.)
“Everything this year was three-dimensional, except the characters in “The Tourist .” I feel bad about that joke. I’m jumping on the bandwagon, because I haven’t even seen that movie. Who has?” (It’s funny ’cause it’s true.)
“Also not nominated: “I Love You Phillip Morris.” Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor. Two heterosexual actors pretending to be gay. So, the complete opposite of some famous Scientologist. . . . My lawyers helped me with the wording of that joke.” (That one had the audience gasping. But no worries, Tom & Katie weren’t there.)
“I’d like to quash this ridiculous rumor going around that the only reason “The Tourist” was nominated was so the Hollywood Foreign Press could hang out with Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. That is rubbish. That is not the only reason. They also accepted bribes.” (Ouch, that one hits close to home. The HFPA was accused of payola last week.)
“What can I say about our next two presenters? The first is an actor, producer, writer and director whose movies have grossed over $3.5 billion at the box office. He’s won two Academy Awards and three Golden Globes for his powerful and varied performances starring in such films as “Philadelphia,” “Forrest Gump,” “Castaway,” “Apollo 13” and “Saving Private Ryan.” The other is Tim Allen.” (Come on, are you really going to defend Tim Allen?)
“And thank you to God. For making me an atheist.” (Ooooh, that’s the one that will kill him with American audiences.)
The humorless, self-important reaction was not surprising: “Ricky will not be invited back to host the show next year, for sure. For sure any movie he makes he can forget about getting nominated. He humiliated the organization last night and went too far with several celebrities whose representatives have already called to complain,” AOL’s PopEater quoted an anonymous Hollywood Foreign Press Association member.
Too bad — Gervais was pretty much the reason why I watched. Oh, by the way, there were some awards handed out too. “Glee” won a bunch for some reason, and Katey Sagal finally won one. But that part was boring.
So what’d you think? Did Gervais go too far? Or is Hollywood taking itself a bit too seriously? And what was up with January Jones’ dress?
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