Ricky Gervais, who is known for his controversial humour, returned to host the 77th Golden Globe Awards, 2020 after 2016 and left no stone unturned!
The Office star is known for grilling the celebrities in good fun and cracking extremely brutal jokes and this year was no exception.
Speaking to Ryan Seacrest from E! on the Red Carpet Gervais revealed, “As I put down the phone, I said why am I doing this again. It’s Christmas ruined, I’ve got to write jokes now. I cannot wait for this to be over. Hosting is my version of an extreme sport: I say awful things to celebrities' faces and see what happens.”
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Ricky Gervais Began The Show With A Monologue:
“You’ll be pleased to know this is the last time I’m hosting these awards. I don’t care anymore. I’m joking, I never did. Lucky for me the Hollywood Foreign Press can barely speak English, they don’t know what Twitter is. I came here in a limo tonight, and the license plate was made by Felicity Huffman. I feel sorry for her daughter. That must be the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to her – and her dad was in Wild Hogs.”
The monologue had many of the celebrities, including Tom Hanks wincing.
Gervais further said to the crowd filled with Hollywood’s A-Listers, “You’re all terrified of Ronan Farrow. Talking of all your perverts, it was a big year for pedophile movies. Surviving R. Kelly, Leaving Neverland, Two Popes."
“The Hollywood Foreign Press is very very racist. We were going to do an In Memoriam, but when I saw the list, it wasn’t diverse enough. I said no, not on my watch.” He further added, “Jeffrey Epstein didn’t kill himself. Shut up, I know he’s your friend! You had to make your own way here, didn’t you? Take your own plane.”
His other one-liners included:
“I’ve heard there’s going to be a sequel to Sophie’s Choice. It’d just be Meryl saying ‘Well, it’s got to be this one then.”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, nearly three hours long. Leonardo DiCaprio attended the premiere and by the end his date was too old for him. Even Prince Andrew was like ‘Come on.’”
“The world got to see James Corden as a fat p**sy. He was also in the movie Cats, but no one saw that. Judi Dench –” it was at this point Gervais paused, appearing to shock himself.
“Oh god, I can’t do this one. Judi Dench said it was the role of a lifetime because she loves nothing more than plonking herself down on the carpet, lifting her leg, and licking her own minge.”
He also insisted that the winners don’t engage in political talks during their acceptance speeches and said, “Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg. Accept your award, thank your agent, and your god, and f**k off.”
Winners of the Golden Globes:
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Phoebe Waller-Bridge won Best Actress in a TV Series — Musical or Comedy for her brilliant performance in Fleabag which also won Best Comedy Show. On accepting the award she said, “There was a lot of talk about chemistry this season... but he can have chemistry with a pebble. “I have to thank Obama for putting us on his list. Personally, he’s always been on mine. And if you don’t get that, watch season one of Fleabag.” As Obama added Fleabag to his annual list of Favourite Shows on Twitter.
Critically acclaimed movie Parasite won Best Foreign-Language film: “Once you overcome the one-inch-tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many amazing films,” said director Bong Joon-ho with the help of a translator.
Olivia Colman won Best Actress for playing Queen Elizabeth in The Crown. “I don’t know what to say because I… I’d already got a little bit boozy because I thought this wasn’t going to happen. Genuinely stumped,” she admitted during her acceptance speech.
Brad Pitt won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and gave one of the most epic speeches saying, “Thank you to the eclectic and ever-raucous Hollywood Foreign Press Association,” he said. He further made a special mention to his co-star and partner in crime Leonardo DiCaprio saying, “Hey, I would've shared the raft,” making a hilarious reference to Titanic. He joked about being linked to women post-divorce saying, “I would’ve brought my mom but didn’t because any woman I stand next to, they think I’m dating.”
Actress/Comedian Akwafina won Best Actress – Musical or Comedy for her work in The Farewell. On accepting the award she said, “If I fall upon hard times I can sell this. I’ve never been to the Golden Globes. I’m here now and it’s this, and it’s great.” She dedicated the award to her father: I told you I’d get a job, dad.”
Joaquin Phoenix won Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama (and gave a memorable speech, read below) for Joker, and Renee Zellweger won the Best Actress category for her role as Judy Garland in Judy and said “Well hi everybody, it’s nice to see you! Y’all look pretty good 17 years later” during her acceptance speech.
Joaquin Phoenix Unforgettable Acceptance Speech:
On accepting the award Phoenix said, "To my fellow nominees, we all know there's no (censored). It's like this thing that is created to sell advertisements for the TV show. I'm inspired by you. … Some of you I've reached out to personally. Some, uh, I'm still a little too intimidated by, even though we share the same agent: Hi, Christian. You're not here, but uh …" he trailed off.
"Contrary to popular belief, I don't want to rock the boat, but the boat (censored)," he added. "It's really nice that so many people have come up and sent their well wishes to Australia, but we have to do more than that, right? … It's great to vote, but sometimes we have to take that responsibility on ourselves and make changes and sacrifices in our own lives and hope that we can do that. We don't have to take private jets to Palm Springs for the awards sometimes or back, please." and was interrupted by the background music of the award show.
Australian Bushfires Special Mentions:
Piers Brosnan had a special message to those battling the bushfires in Australia, “All of us at the Golden Globes and the HFPA send our hearts to all of the people affected by the bushfires in Australia. Stay strong, god bless.”
Jennifer Aniston read out Russell Crowe’s message, who is currently battling the Australian bushfires. “Make no mistake, the tragedy unfolding in Australia is climate-changed based. We need to act based on science, move our global workforce to renewable energy and respect our planet for the unique and amazing place it is.”
Cate Blanchett said, “I’d like to do a special call-out to the volunteer firefighters that are at the centre of the climate disaster facing Australia. When one country faces a climate disaster, we all face a climate disaster.”
Ellen Wins Carol Burnett Award:
Ellen DeGeneres won the special Carol Burnett Award for excellence in television. She delivered a heartfelt tribute to those suffering in the bushfires in Australia before giving her acceptance speech. “They don’t have to play me off, because it’s a special award. They said they were going to give me a sign at 25 minutes, but that was just for my reference,” she said. “You’ve all gotten to know me over the years. I am an open book. And I couldn’t have done it without my husband Mark," she joked.
Tom Hanks Breaks Down On Winning The 2020 Cecil B DeMille Award:
“It’s the cold that is making this happen, I swear to god, I’m not nearly this emotional at home!” Hanks managed to say.
Sacha Baron Cohen Made A Cameo:
To present a clip from Jojo rabbit, The Dictator star appeared briefly saying, “The hero of this next movie is a naughty child who spreads Nazi propaganda and only has imaginary friends. His name is Mark Zuckerberg. Sorry, this is an old intro for The Social Network – I’m talking about Jojo Rabbit.”
Ricky Gervais’ crazy humour consistently went on all through the night and came to an end while introducing Birdbox star Sandra Bullock saying, “Kill me. We’re nearly done. Our next presenter starred in Birdbox, a movie where people survive by acting like they don’t see a thing. Sort of like working for Harvey Weinstein.” The audience groaned to which he replied, “You did it, I didn’t, shut the f**k up!”
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