The Golden Globes

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Given that the prevailing opinion among many circles seems to be that Hollywood awards shows are just an excuse for rich, pretty people to give themselves one more yearly pat on the back for being spectacular, they’ve recently become hard to sell to the viewing public. Gone is the reverence we used to have for old Hollywood and in its place are complaints that watching celebrities receive seemingly arbitrarily decided awards is boring, formulaic, and even a little pompous. Despite these sentiments, Ricky Gervais seemed to crack the code on how to present an awards show to a modern audience when he used his hosting duties at the 2010 Golden Globes to poke fun at the whole affair, call the governing body that gives out the awards corrupt, and basically just take the piss out of every famous face in the audience who didn’t have the good sense to stay home. It was a good formula, one that drew ratings and that led to Gervais being asked back to host two more times, but this year Tina Fey and Amy Poehler took over hosting duties and proved that the deed could also be done another way. With Fey and Poehler at the forefront, gone was the bitterness and awkwardly biting insult humor, and in its place was charm and good-natured silliness. Gone was the cynical mocking of the award-giving process, and in its place was the sense that while awards might not be all that important, they can still be […]

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Good morning from Los Angeles, where we announce major award nominations at 5:30AM on a Thursday morning. That’s how much we value your sleep patterns and sanity. Now that I’ve pulled myself out of a state of under caffeinated shock over some of the Golden Globe nominations – namely, that Ryan Gosling was nominated for lead actor in both the drama and comedy and musical categories, though neither of those nods was for Drive (Crazy, Stupid, Love.? really? I had no idea that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was so into abs!). Beyond that jolt to the system, there were a number of standard choices for the awards. The Artist? Well, of course? But all that Ides of March love? Interesting. The Artist leads with six nominations, followed by The Descendants and The Help with five each, and The Ides of March, Midnight in Paris, and Moneyball with four nods. But despite the overwhelming sense that (per usual) the Globes are just softball awards, there are some surprisingly good picks buried amongst the fluff – Tilda Swinton getting a lead actress (drama) nomination, Michael Fassbender earning a lead actor (drama) nod for Shame, Bridesmaids and Midnight in Paris up for Best Picture (comedy or musical), Charlize Theron getting a lead actress (comedy or musical) nomination for Young Adult, The Skin I Live In up for Best Foreign Film, and Albert Brooks getting his nod for supporting actor for Drive (drama). The Golden Globes will air live on January 15. Check out […]

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After nearly a year of verbal back-and-forth, during which two-time Golden Globe host Ricky Gervais claimed that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association wanted him back to host for a third time, and the HFPA claimed that they didn’t want the foul-mouthed comedian back at all, reports started surfacing earlier in the month that Gervais was having lunch meetings with HFPA representatives about coming back again. This surprised no one. The “what will he say next” effect of giving Ricky Gervais a live mic has been a ratings winner for The Globes over the past two years, and money talks much louder than hurt feelings. It should also come as no surprise that Ricky and the HFPA’s mutual appreciation of dollar signs has now made it official that the comedian will be back, once again, to take pot shots at the nominees and the governing body of the awards. The official Golden Globes website confirmed the hiring saying, “After weeks of rumors it’s finally official—Ricky Gervais will be back to host the Golden Globes for a third year.” Not one to let a controversial moment go by without comment, Gervais took to his Twitter account after the announcement was made and said (with accompanying picture), “Just told Billy Crystal he’d better not use any of my holocaust or pedophile material at The Oscars. He agreed (true).”

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I know that, in this age of the Internet and the 24/7 news cycle, it’s sometimes hard to remember things that happened even a few days ago. But try to think back all the way to last year’s Golden Globes Awards. They were hosted by comedian Ricky Gervais, and a lot of people thought that he was too mean in the digs that he took at the celebrities in attendance. Then, after the ceremony, the Internet stirred up a bit of a controversy when quote from HFPA President Philip Berk got out that succinctly said, “He definitely crossed the line.” Before you knew it, false Internet drama led to a war of words between Gervais and Berk, or at least a public negotiation. Gervais claimed that, despite Berk’s comments, he had already been invited back for next year but, “I don’t think I should. I don’t know what I could do better. I certainly couldn’t get more press for them, that’s for sure. You know me. Two seasons is enough.” Berk then countered Gervais’s counter by saying that he had not invited Gervais back, or more specifically, “There is no truth to this rumor. We have not asked him to come back. Nice try, Ricky.” But now reports are coming out that Gervais has been breaking bread in Paris with Senior VP of Specials at NBC Douglas Vaughn and current HFPA President Aida Takla-O’Reilly about coming back and hosting again for this year. The Hollywood Reporter is saying that these […]

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If you think back to a time long, long ago here on the Internet, a couple of weeks ago; you’ll remember that there was uproar about whether or not Ricky Gervais had gone too far in slinging insults both at the nominees and at the Hollywood Foreign Press when hosting The Golden Globes. Whether or not this controversy actually ever existed or was just something that we all hoped existed is starting to become clear. It turns out the Internet might just be a bunch of gossipmongers.

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We promised you commentary on the winners of this evening’s Golden Globe Awards, and here it is — so settle down already.

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Look at the bright side, at least the show will be considerably shorter…

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