Ricky Gervais’s Golden Globes Are Bigger Than Any Award CeremonyJanuary 19, 2011
It’s award season once again, ladies and gentlemen. A chance for the great and the good of the acting world (or those with bullet-proof marketing) to gather and see if they will be rewarded with various strangely shaped statues doubling as door stops and the rise in stock that comes with them. It was the turn of the Golden Globes on Sunday. The awards were handed out in customary fashion, but two things dominated the news the next day (other than the winners, of course): the women’s fashion, where all the papers predictably compliment the safe options, or the most popular actresses of the day. Not forgetting of course to slag off the one unconventional dresser who couldn’t give a toss (take a bow for 2011, Helena Bonham-Carter); and the host of the evening, who in this instance was one Ricky Gervais.
Our Ricky. British, abrasive Ricky, who I first saw on a channel 4 show called The 11 O’clock show and couldn’t stand. I have warmed to him since The Office and I now understand his style. It was this style that got him into hot water on Sunday. Here are some of his quotes:
“It’s going to be a night of partying and heavy drinking. Or as Charlie Sheen calls it – breakfast.”
‘It was a big year for 3D movies. Toy Story, Despicable Me, Tron,’ It seemed like everything this year was three-dimensional. Except the characters in The Tourist. I already feel bad about that joke. I tell you what; I’m jumping on the bandwagon, because I haven’t even seen The Tourist. Who has? (I’m with him on this one. I saw the trailer and that was enough for me).
“There were a lot of big films that didn’t get nominated this year. Nothing for Sex and the City 2. No, I was sure the Golden Globe for special effects would go to the team that airbrushed that poster. Girls, we know how old you are. I saw one of you in an episode of Bonanza.”
“In I Love You Phillip Morris Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor pretend to be gay … the opposite of some famous Scientologists, then. My lawyers helped with that joke.”
“Ashton Kutcher’s dad.” (introducing Bruce Willis).
Some people were upset. Robert Downey Jr. called his comments mean-spirited with mildly sinister undertones. I do think the comment on him was a little harsh as he jumped the hard party and drug ship some time ago. However, the things Ricky said were the kind of things you would say to your mates in a pub and there’s an element of (perceived) truth to most of them, which is why some of us were laughing hard. Oh, poor Hollywood diddums. A half lifetime spent being told how wonderful you are to placate your insecurities, your every whim met, your PR protecting you from those ‘awkward’ questions in a style that would make a dictator proud, and believing your very well paid job will save the world. How could you have such nasty things said about you by a slightly overweight British comic with better than usual British teeth?
Be grateful, Hollywood. You could’ve had Frankie Boyle.