On Sunday, January 15th the Golden Globe Awards took over Hollywood. Ricky Gervais hosted the star studded event for the third time in a row.
Some controversy arose when Gervais was named the emcee once again for the third time. Criticism arose because of his many jokes toward the stars in attendance during the 68th golden Globe Awards the year before.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association even wrote, “While many welcome Gervais’s return, not everyone is happy with the decision because last year his blunt one-liners targeting big-name celebrities caused anger and resentment in some quarters.”
“The Hollywood Foreign Press have warned me that if I insult any of you, or any of them, or offend any viewers or cause controversy whatsoeverÂ they’ll definitely invite me back again next year as well,” Gervais joked.
As always the Golden Globe Awards brought out some of Hollywood’s biggest stars such as George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Angelina Jolie, Lea Michele, Reese Witherspoon, and Brad Pitt, along with many more A-Listers.
“The Artist” earned the most awards (three) at the Globes including: Best Original Score Motion Picture, Best Comedy or Musical, and Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture.
Another big winner of the night was “The Descendants” taking home Best Motion Picture Drama and Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Drama.
There were a few disappointments during the night as well, including when Laura Dern from the Television Series “Enlightened” beat out Zooey Deschanel, Tina Fey, Laura Linney, and Amy Poehler when she took home the award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series. Most people thought Linney’s touching and gracefully comic performance as a teacher with cancer in “The Big C” seemed far more deserving of acknowledgement than Dern’s performance in “Enlightened.”
Another big surprise was when actress Michelle Williams who started in “My Week With Marilyn” won Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical. Most people were expecting Kristen Wiig from “Bridesmaids” to take home the award.
“The Adventures of Tintin” was up against stiff competition for the Best Animated Feature Film award; nevertheless the film took home the award and beat out top box office hits such as “Cars 2”, “Puss In Boots”, and “Rango”.
There were also tough nominations in the category for Best Television Series Comedy or Musical. The nominees were: “Enlightened,” “Episodes,” “Glee,” “Modern Family,” and “New Girl.” Taking the award home for the night was “Modern Family”.
Finally two of the most prestigious awards of the night went home to Meryl Streep for her performance in “Iron Lady” earning her the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Drama; as for the men the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Drama went to George Clooney for his performance in “The Descendants.”
Overall the award show was a success. However, Ricky Gervais reportedly said that this third time is the final time that he will host the Golden Globe Awards.
For the awards themselves, quality generally reigned. But like all awards shows, it was a long night.