- Category: Entertainment
- Published Monday, January 11, 2016
- CTV News
The 2016 Golden Globe winners are mostly in the books, but the real highlights of the TV broadcast have been host Ricky Gervais, and the antics of the occasionally foul-mouthed, inebriated and inarticulate stars who took the stage.
Here are controversial moments you might have missed (WARNING: Some may find the language offensive):
The television censors were busy much of the night, using their tape delay to mute swear words from Mark Wahlberg, Jamie Alexander, Jonah Hill, Amy Schumer and, of course, Ricky Gervais.
Host Ricky Gervais came out swinging in his opening monologue, mocking Sean Penn for his role in leading law enforcement to capture Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. "I'm going to do this monologue and then go into hiding," he said. "Not even Sean Penn will find me. Snitch."
The comedian then promised that he's "changed" his offensive ways since he was canned as Globes host after 2012 – but "not as much as Bruce Jenner, of course."
Gervais then went on a rampage, hitting every sensitive target he could think of. He had a laugh at the expense of NBC, the U.S. network hosting the show, and pointed out they have no series up for awards this year. He then teased Jennifer Lawrence for her outspoken stance on pay equality for women in Hollywood, saying: "How can a 25-year-old woman live on $22 million?" Gervais went on to praise Hollywood's wisdom for its planned all-female reboots of "Ghostbusters" and "Ocean's Eleven," opining out that it will be good for studios "because they don't have to spend too much money on the cast."
Gervais then dropped a sex abuse joke about Roman Polanksi, a quip about Caitlyn Jenner's driving, and launched into a detailed description of Jeffrey Tambor's testicles. "I've seen them. They're huge. And long."
With the tone set, Gervais continued with the off-side comments throughout the night.
When announcing Matt Damon, he called him the star of "the hilarious comedy 'The Martian,'" and "the only person Ben Affleck hasn't been unfaithful to." ("The Martian" was nominated in the Comedy or Musical category, inexplicably.)
When introducing Eva Longoria and America Ferrara, he called them two people "your future president, Donald Trump, cannot wait to deport."
But Gervais' best introduction was for Mel Gibson, the actor whom Gervais mocked at the 2010 Globes for a drunken, anti-Semitic rant caught on tape.
"I find myself in the awkward position of having to introduce him again," Gervais said. "I blame NBC for this situation. Mel blames… we know who Mel blames." Then, in searching for a way to compliment Gibson, he said: "I'd rather have a drink with him in his hotel room tonight than with Bill Cosby."
"Hateful Eight" director Quentin Tarantino offended many people on Twitter by casually dropping the word "Ghetto," while accepting the Best Original Score award on behand of his composer.
Presenter Jamie Foxx immediately mocked Tarantino for his use of the word, after the director had left the stage. "Ghetto," he said into the mic, straight-faced.
Foxx was the star of Tarantino's "Django Unchained."
Jonah Hill bears all
Jonah Hill got the party started early, so to speak, by pretending to be the bear from "The Revenant," alongside co-presenter Channing Tatum. Hill rambled like a Hollywood newcomer, thanking director Alejandro Inarritu for putting "him" in the movie. "I'm a two-year-old bear from the Sierra Mountains. You took a chance on me and I won't forget it."
He also praised "Leonard" (Leonardo DiCaprio) for his acting in the film. (DiCaprio gets attacked by a bear in "The Revenant," in case this is confusing.)
For a man who knew he was be honoured with the Cecil B. DeMille award, Denzel Washington appeared extremely confused and unprepared to accept it. He took the stage and admitted to forgetting his speech. Then, upon discovering he had it on him, he struggled to read it. "Do you need your glasses?" his wife, Pauletta Washington asked. "Nah, I can see without them," he said.
Washington then struggled through a few thank-yous before admitting he did, indeed, need his glasses. He giggled a bit, looked around awkwardly, and asked Pauletta to read for him. But Pauletta was also missing her glasses, so Denzel gave up and just wrapped up the speech.