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Ricky Gervais Brings Heat to 2011 Golden Globes

Ricky Gervais ruffled a few feathers at the 2011 Golden Globes Ricky Gervais ruffled a few feathers at the 2011 Golden Globes

It was one of the biggest nights in show biz as both the best in television and film were honoured at the 68th Golden Globes. But in spite of big name winners like The Social Network, Glee, and stars like Natalie Portman, Colin Firth, Al Pacino, and Steve Buscemi being honoured, it was the evening's host, British comedian Ricky Gervais, who stole the show and dominated headlines after the ceremony.

Gervais took the stage and opened up with a viciously hilarious monologue that skewered some of Hollywood’s elite. In the line of fire were Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Angelina Jolie, Hugh Hefner, and Scientologists (hinting at Tom Cruise and/or John Travolta), among others. Gervais also suggested that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who are responsible for the Golden Globes, were on the take to nominate mediocre films like The Tourist.

The backlash has been swift, but Gervais is unrepentant. And why should he be sorry for providing the most entertaining moments of the evening? It may have been harsh at times, but more importantly, his monologue was funny. And are we really so uptight about some of the most privileged people in the world having their feelings hurt?

Anyway, they also gave out some awards at this thing. Which is notable given that the Golden Globes, albeit lower profile than either the Emmys or the Oscars, tend to get things right more often than either of their glitzier counterparts.

One of those right things was giving Natalie Portman the award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for her role in Darren Aronofsky’s brilliant Black Swan. However, that film lost out in other major categories, usually to The Social Network, which earned Best Motion Picture Drama, Best Director for David Fincher, and Best Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin. Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails fame also picked up some hardware for scoring the music to The Social Network.

Other best actors and actresses included Colin Firth for The King’s Speech, Annette Benning for The Kids Are All Right, and Paul Giamatti for Barney’s Version.

On the TV side, Boardwalk Empire was recognized as the best drama, as was the series’ lead, Steve Buscemi, for best actor in a drama. Glee was the best musical or comedy.

But no matter who got what, Ricky Gervais is what most people are talking about. It seems in a room filled with stars like Natalie Portman, Johnny Depp, Robert DeNiro, Halle Berry, and Robert Downey Jr., a little controversy still goes a long way. But no matter how thin the skins of the celebrities attending the 68th Golden Globes, it’s Gervais who put his hide on the line. Time will tell what, if any, are the repercussions. But one thing is for sure, awards shows will be hiring some safer choices for hosts in the near future.

 

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