'The Revenant', 'The Martian' Named Top Films at Golden Globes As Host Gervais Gets 'Crass'
BANGALORE: Ricky Gervais didn’t hold back during Sunday's 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards, beginning the show with a vulgar monologue before following up with an impromptu profanity-filled chat with Mel Gibson.
All this went down as the big awards of the night, Best Motion Picture Comedy and Best Motion Picture Drama, went to “The Martian” and “The Revenant” respectively. The latter film, a bloody frontier thriller set in the 1820s, also won best director for Alejandro Inarritu and best actor in a motion picture drama for Leonardo DiCaprio.
The win by "The Martian" in the comedy category raised eyebrows, including that of its director, Ridley Scott. "Comedy?" Scott wondered after taking the podium to accept the award before answering with a skeptical wave of his hand.
Gervais started the show with a slam on host network NBC, saying they were the only outlet who could broadcast the show fairly because, “They’re the only network with zero nominations.” He also claimed that the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which organizes the Globes, had warned Gervais that "if I say anything offensive or crass or resort to innuendo, he is going to come out here and personally pull me off" the stage. Gervais then said, "That's an offer I couldn't refuse" and segued into a joke about masturbation.
He later mocked the awards themselves, describing them as "a bit of metal that some confused old journalist wanted to give you to meet you in person and take a selfie."
“If you do win tonight, remember that no one cares about that award as much as you do," Gervais said. "Don’t get emotional. It’s embarrassing.”
The comedian added that he has won three Globes: "One's a doorstop. One I use to hit burglars with, and one I keep by the bed to-- it doesn't matter why. It's mine. It's mine."
Gervais also took a swipe at Ben Affleck when introducing Matt Damon, calling him "the only person who [Affleck] hasn’t been unfaithful to." Damon, who later won won Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for “The Martian”, shrugged and laughed uncomfortably as he took to the stage to present.
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