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Ricky Gervais terrorises the Golden Globes

January 17, 2011

Ricky Gervais

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s 68th Golden Globe Awards ceremony was held on Sunday 16th January 2011 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hill, California. The ceremony was hosted by British comedian Ricky Gervais, whose near-the-knuckle quips proved to be a source of controversy. In fact, when Gervais disappeared from hosting duties for an hour midway through the ceremony there was intense internet speculation that he had been sacked from the role halfway through the ceremony. However, Gervais did eventually re-appear to resume his duties, albeit in a more subdued fashion. Before his exuberant wit was presumably reined in, Gervais opened the ceremony with the statement that ‘It’s gonna be a night of partying and heavy drinking. Or as Charlie Sheen calls it: breakfast.’ He described the film I Love You Phillip Morris as being about ‘two homosexual actors pretending to be gay – so the complete opposite of some famous Scientologists, then.’ He also targeted the recent Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp release The Tourist when he remarked that it had been a major year for 3D: ‘It seems like everything this year was three-dimensional’ he said, ‘except the characters in The Tourist.’ He then went on to mock the Hollywood Foreign Press Association – who, it was announced the previous week, were being sued by a former publicist who claimed its members accepted expensive gifts in return for supporting certain films – by saying ‘I’d like to quash this ridiculous rumour 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.’ He also joked that he had to help Philip Berk, the HFPA’s president, ‘off the toilet and pop his teeth back in.’

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