GOLDEN GLOBES 2011: Host Ricky Gervais shows no mercy–at least it shook things up

Whether you thought he was funny or just plain rude, 2011 Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais gave us something to talk about (credit: Handout/Getty Images).

Calling Bruce Willis “Ashton Kutcher’s dad,” listing off Tom Hanks‘ best films but mentioning Tim Allen as an afterthought, naming the Betty Ford Clinic and Los Angeles County Jail as Robert Downey Jr‘s best-known Hollywood roles, introducing the “ungrateful” Steve Carell, and taking multiple hits at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for their The Tourist nominations, and just for being—anyone could have been the target of 2011 Golden Globes host Ricky Gervaisshameless roasts.

The 48-year-old British actor and comedian had to clear the air the afternoon after last night’s NBC telecast that “everyone took it well” (Downey Jr. apparently did not and called Gervais’ opening monologue “hugely mean-spirited with mildly sinister undertones”), despite the groans and gasps emitted during said opening monologue. Mid-way through the show, Gervais was MIA, causing a frenzy amongst Web users that the controversial host may have been escorted off the premises, but appeared again later.

Whether you found him funny, refreshing, or just plain rude, his tirades defined this year’s Golden Globes and had more of an impact than many of the other speeches and wins, which mostly felt boring and predictable. However, I hope there was at least one other speech, moment, star, or win for viewers to be happy about.

For starters, if you love The Social Network, they easily picked up even more wins from the HFPA, including the top prizes for Best Motion Picture (Drama) and Best Director for David Fincher. Aaron Sorkin was awarded Best Screenplay and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross were present to accept the award for Best Score (Motion Picture). Oscars, here you come. Academy Award prospects now look even better for Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), Natalie Portman (Black Swan), Christian Bale, and Melissa Leo (The Fighter), who won lead and supporting actor/actress awards in the Best Motion Picture (Drama) categories. Annette Bening—widely said to be Portman’s biggest competition in the Oscar race—won the Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Comedy/Musical) for her role as a lesbian mother in The Kids Are All Right, also the winner of the Best Motion Picture (Comedy/Musical) Golden Globe. Bening shared a quick kiss with Julianne Moore, a fellow nominee who played her wife in the film, before accepting her Golden Globe and graciously thanked Moore for her persistent requests to star in the dramedy with her. Paul Giamatti defied Vegas odds-makers and won the award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Comedy/Musical) for Barney’s Version.

The cast and producers of 'Glee' celebrate their three wins in the press room (credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

On the television side of the awards, Glee was dominant, picking up three Golden Globes including a top honor for Best TV Series (Comedy/Musical) and the Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series awards for Chris Colfer and Jane Lynch. For Gleeks everywhere (Including this one–or, former Gleek), Colfer’s win was especially emotional. The 20-year-old actor, who plays the snarky but sometimes troubled Kurt Hummel on the show, looked genuinely surprised as his castmates showered him with cheers, hugs, and kisses upon the announcement of his win. He ended his speech with inspiration: “To all the amazing kids that watch our show, and the kids that our show celebrates that are constantly told ‘no’ by the people and the environments, by bullies at school that they can’t be who they are or have what they want because of who they are, well…screw that, kids!”

In another sweet moment for television stars, The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco was visibly excited to present the Best Actor in a TV Series (Comedy/Musical) to her co-star Jim Parsons. Laura Linney of The Big C won the honor of Best Actress in a TV Series (Comedy/Musical), but could not accept her award in person due to the recent death of her father. On the drama side, Boardwalk Empire dominated as Best TV Series (Drama) and Steve Buscemi for Best Actor in a TV Series (Drama). Katey Sagal was the winner of the Best Actress in a TV Series (Drama) for Sons of Anarchy.

Matt Damon had the honor of presenting Robert De Niro with the Cecil B. DeMille Award. The veteran actor drew some of his own controversy with his deportation joke involving HFPA members, waiters, and actor Javier Bardem, amongst other questionable comments. He defended his acceptance speech to the press, saying “I thought this would be more fun for this kind of evening.”

I’m going to let my bias show for the conclusion of this recap and say that seeing Joseph Gordon-Levitt introduce the segment for four-time nominee Inception was one of my personal favorite moments of the evening. He paused for a few seconds to let the audience applaud for Christopher Nolan before saying “He proved that a movie could be a labor of love, can do something new. It can challenge the audience and still make a little bit of money.”

I think he basically told everyone to dream a little bigger, darling. And we shall, as awards season continues…

WINNERS:
Best Motion Picture – Drama
The Social Network

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech

Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
The Kids Are All Right

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Paul Giamatti, Barney’s Version

Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical
Glee

Best Director – Motion Picture
David Fincher, The Social Network

Cecil B. DeMille Award
Robert De Niro

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Melissa Leo, The Fighter

Best Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical
Laura Linney, The Big C

Best Foreign Language Film
In a Better World (Denmark)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Series, Mini-Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television
Jane Lynch, Glee

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Claire Danes, Temple Grandin

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Al Pacino, You Don’t Know Jack

Best Animated Feature Film
Toy Story 3

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Social Network

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me,” Burlesque
Music and lyrics by Diane Warren

Best Television Series – Drama
Boardwalk Empire

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Chris Colfer, Glee

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Carlos

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Christian Bale, The Fighter

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2 responses to “GOLDEN GLOBES 2011: Host Ricky Gervais shows no mercy–at least it shook things up

  1. Chris Colfer accepting the award for Best Supporting Actor was one of my all-time favourite Golden Globe moments. Everything from his co-stars’ joyful reactions to his inspiring speech was just beautiful to watch. I’m very happy for his well-deserved win. :)
    Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s introduction for Inception was very eloquent and powerful. He gave proper recognition to the creative and challenging aspects of the film, and its those qualities that make Inception one of the best motion-pictures in years!

    • I really had no idea if he was going to win, and honestly, I wasn’t going to be like “I want him to win because he’s the only one I know.” But after thinking about how much Kurt has grown over the series and especially how much of an impact and impression he has left on so many people during the part of the second season that I’ve watched, he TOTALLY deserved it. And how he reacted and how his castmates reacted? That was genuine. How could anyone not love him after that? <3

      How JGL presented Inception was perfect. You can tell that even though he starred in the movie, it wasn’t forced words. He genuinely loves it as much as many people do and has great respect for Chris.

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