The Golden Globes

Tonight I watched The 68th Golden Globe Awards. I thought it was good, with the exception of a poor performance given by the host Ricky Gervais who seemed bent on putting people down from the beginning of the event up until his parting shot of the ceremony and I quote: “And I want to thank God for making me an atheist.”

This is what Tom Hanks and Tim Allen said as they reached the stage microphone:  Mr. Hanks said, “I can recall back when Ricky Gervais was a slightly chubby but very kind comedian.” Mr. Allen chimed in, “Neither of which he is now.” I feel they both delivered their stern words to an appreciative audience, including the ones at home.

I will say that while I have long enjoyed Ricky Gervais as a comedian and actor, his last HBO special (the one where he shows off his new svelte and muscular body) was hard for me to watch. He has changed and become so cynical and downright mean at times. I was really looking forward to being entertained by him tonight. Sadly, I along with many others, was just disappointed. I want the old Ricky Gervais back!

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8 thoughts on “The Golden Globes

  1. I agree with you about Gervais; he made parts of the evening uncomfortable.
    Darn, I missed seeing Natalie Portman win and missed the best picture award too. Fell asleep. And now here I am at 12:50 am wide awake….

  2. Trying too hard to get a laugh. Better left unsaid, Mr. Gervais. Happy to see Natalie Portman win. Good film, dark at times. Well acted performances in smaller roles, Barbara Hershey & Winona Ryder.

  3. I did not watch the show but saw the opening monologue this morning and thought that was pretty damn funny. Not sure how far he took the insults, but the ones at the beginning were funny.

  4. I’ve always looked at RG as someone with a bite, but it seemed like last night he went a little too far. Some of the actors in the audience were visibly uncomfortable. Not good if you want them back next year.

  5. I’m not really familiar with RG as I generally don’t like British humor. I thought, as Janene said, that he went too far. What about Robert de Niro saying that all the foreign press, actors and waiters were being deported. In general, the humor last night was pretty bad!
    But I’m elated that Jim Parsons and Natalie Portman won, very deserving.

  6. Since I didn’t have much of a stake in the outcome, I gave the show a miss. Sounds like it was a good thing. I used to like him, and I’d like to leave it like that.

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