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Ricky Gervais – hosting the Golden Globes and insulting the whole world

January 19, 2010 Leave a comment

Ricky Dene Gervais. He’s 48. He’s a bit podgy. He makes albinos look pretty tanned. And he’s not one to pull his punches.

Ricky hosted the 2010 Golden Globes, and he’s pretty quickly become the talk of the town. Tinseltown that is. Some are praising him, others are vilifying him. And rightly so…after all he did poke fun at some of Hollywood’s biggest names, and by ‘poke fun’ I mean ‘lob insult grenades’. But my question to the seething masses is “what the hell did you expect?” Have you watched The Office or Extras… or even his (much underrated) film Ghost Town? Because if you have you’ll realise that Ricky doesn’t have to struggle much pull off the awkward, insulting character. In fact my best guess is that he’s a rotten actor, and that those characters we love to hate are very much a projection of a big chunk of Ricky’s personality. So when you throw a guy like Ricky into the mix with such easy targets as Mel Gibson and (Sir, apparently) Paul McCartney you’re in for a bit of a feeding frenzy. It’s more or less like inviting a professional seal-clubber to babysit your 3 baby seals.

Anyway, enough with the ranting. I thought I’d include a few quotes from the night for you to enjoy, after all, the guy is a legend. Please note that I do not endorse these comments… I just laugh at them.

  • “And I’ve had a penis reduction. Just got the one now. That’s enough. And it is very tiny, but so are my hands, so when I’m holding it, it looks pretty big. And let’s face, I usually am holding it. I wish I was doing that now instead of this, to be honest.”
  • “It is an honour to be here in a room full of what I consider to be the most important people on the planet. Actors, they’re just better than ordinary people, aren’t they?”
  • “I was on the same plane as Paul McCartney to LA. I was up front in first class and he was back in economy. He’s saving money, you know. That’s because he spent an awful amount of money last year.”
    [referring to McCartney’s expensive divorce from Heather Mills]
  • “Actors aren’t just loved here in Hollywood, they’re loved the world over, because they’re recognisable,” he said. “You can be in the Third World, and you get a glimpse of a Hollywood star, and it makes you feel better. You can be a little child, a little Asian child, with no possessions, no money – but you see a picture of Angelina Jolie and you think, ‘Mummy!'”
  • [pointing at his half-full glass of Fosters, from which he sipped throughout the ceremony]
    “Look, I love a drink as much as the next man. Unless the next man is… Mel Gibson!”
    [enter Mel Gibson to present the next award]
  • “One thing that can’t be bought is a Golden Globe… Officially.”
  • “Rachel from Friends and that bloke from 300,” was how he introduced The Bounty Hunter co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler to the stage. Neither looked very impressed.

Golden Globes – and the winners are…

January 19, 2010 Leave a comment

On Saturday night the 2010 Golden Globe Awards took place. The awards are presented on an annual basis by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to ‘recognize outstanding achievements in the entertainment industry, both domestic and foreign, and to focus wide public attention upon the best in motion pictures and television.’

I’ve included a li st of each category below, along with the nominations and winners. Since I’m not that concerned about TV I’ve only included the movie categories.

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

a. AVATAR – WINNER

b. THE HURT LOCKER

c. INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS

d. PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE

e. UP IN THE AIR

2. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE –

DRAMA

a. EMILY BLUNT (THE YOUNG VICTORIA)

b. SANDRA BULLOCK (THE BLIND SIDE) – WINNER

c. HELEN MIRREN (THE LAST STATION)

d. CAREY MULLIGAN (AN EDUCATION)

e. GABOUREY SIDIBE (PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE)

 

3. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

a. JEFF BRIDGES (CRAZY HEART) –WINNER

b. GEORGE CLOONEY (UP IN THE AIR)

c. COLIN FIRTH (A SINGLE MAN)

d. MORGAN FREEMAN (INVICTUS)

e. TOBEY MAGUIRE (BROTHERS)

 

4. BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

a. (500) DAYS OF SUMMER

b. THE HANGOVER –WINNER

c. IT’S COMPLICATED

d. JULIE & JULIA

e. NINE

 

5. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE –

COMEDY OR MUSICAL

a. SANDRA BULLOCK (THE PROPOSAL)

b. MARION COTILLARD (NINE)

c. JULIA ROBERTS (DUPLICITY)

d. MERYL STREEP (IT’S COMPLICATED)

e. MERYL STREEP (JULIE & JULIA) – WINNER

 

6. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE –

COMEDY OR MUSICAL

a. MATT DAMON (THE INFORMANT!)

b. DANIEL DAY-LEWIS (NINE)

c. ROBERT DOWNEY JR (SHERLOCK HOLMES) – WINNER

d. JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT (500 DAYS OF SUMMER)

e. MICHAEL STUHLBARG (A SERIOUS MAN)

 

7. BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

a. CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS

b. CORALINE

c. FANTASTIC MR. FOX

d. THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG

e. UP – WINNER

 

8. BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

a. BAARIA (ITALY)

b. BROKEN EMBRACES (SPAIN)

c. THE MAID (CHILE)

d. A PROPHET (UN PROPHETE) (FRANCE)

e. THE WHITE RIBBON (GERMANY) – WINNER

 

9. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A

MOTION PICTURE

a. PENÉLOPE CRUZ (NINE)

b. VERA FARMIGA (UP IN THE AIR)

c. ANNA KENDRICK (UP IN THE AIR)

d. MO’NIQUE (PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE) – WINNER

e. JULIANNE MOORE (A SINGLE MAN)

 

10. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A

MOTION PICTURE

a. MATT DAMON (INVICTUS)

b. WOODY HARRELSON (THE MESSENGER)

c. CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER (THE LAST STATION)

d. STANLEY TUCCI (THE LOVELY BONES)

e. CHRISTOPH WALTZ (INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS) – WINNER

 

11. BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE

a. KATHRYN BIGELOW (THE HURT LOCKER)

b. JAMES CAMERON (AVATAR) – WINNER

c. CLINT EASTWOOD (INVICTUS)

d. JASON REITMAN (UP IN THE AIR)

e. QUENTIN TARANTINO (INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS)

 

12. BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE

a. NEILL BLOMKAMP, TERRI TATCHELL (DISTRICT 9)

b. MARK BOAL (THE HURT LOCKER)

c. NANCY MEYERS (IT’S COMPLICATED)

d. JASON REITMAN, SHELDON TURNER (UP IN THE AIR) – WINNEr

e. QUENTIN TARANTINO (INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS)

 

13. BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE

a. MICHAEL GIACCHINO (UP) – WINNER

b. MARVIN HAMLISCH (THE INFORMANT!)

c. JAMES HORNER (AVATAR)

d. ABEL KORZENIOWSKI (A SINGLE MAN)

e. KAREN O, CARTER BURWELL (WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE)

 

14. BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE

a. «CINEMA ITALIANO» – NINE

b. «I WANT TO COME HOME» – EVERYBODY’S FINE

c. «I SEE YOU» – AVATAR

d. «THE WEARY KIND (THEME FROM CRAZY HEART)» – CRAZY HEART – WINNER

e. «WINTER» – BROTHERS 

 

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