There’s a lot of reporters bemoaning the hosting duties of Ricky Gervais, but truth be told, we laughed out loud more than once at the audacity of Gervais’ truth to power moments.
And Gervais, like the overlooked Dolemite is My Name feature film, was true to form as “f***ing up motherf***ers” was his game. He wasn’t a sycophantic bore. He really couldn’t care less if he is in with the in-crowd and for that, we appreciated the raw honesty.
Let’s review the best and most eye-raising moments, shall we?
The Opening Monologue
After Life star (Netflix) Gervais laid it out unflinchingly saying: “Well done Netflix, you win everything, goodnight.”
“All the best actors have jumped to HBO and Netflix,” as he excoriated big-name actors for doing comic book movies, commiserating with Martin Scorsese’s withering damnation of modern filmmaking.
Gervais called out the HFPA and NBC in his sarcastic way and “had a laugh at your expense, remember, we are all gonna die soon and there’s no sequel for that!”
His “in Memoriam” quip on its lack of racial diversity and joke about Felicity Huffman elicited the most groan-age. But his takeout of the big corporations like Apple rang a little too close to home for the assembled executives.
“Apple roared into the TV game with The Morning Show, a superb drama about the importance of dignity and doing the right thing made by a company that runs sweatshops in China,” Gervais quipped.
The Golden Globes host continued, “So, well, you say you’re woke, but the companies you work for, I mean, unbelievable –Apple, Amazon, Disney. If ISIS started a streaming service, you’d call your agent, wouldn’t ya?”
“So if you do win an award tonight, don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech. You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg. So if you win, right, come up, accept your little award, thank your agent and your god, and… f**l off.”
The lack of women directors
Gervais noted the glaring lack of female noms in categories of best director and screenplay. And with one of his patented withering remarks aimed at the aging group of the Hollywood Foreign Press, who neglected to feature one woman, he said before introducing the presenters:
“A lot of controversy over our next category: No female directors were nominated this year. That’s bad. I’ve had a word with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and they have guaranteed this will never happen again. Working with all the major studios, [the HFPA] agreed to go back to the way things were when they didn’t hire women directors. That will solve the problem. You’re welcome.”
The camera panned to many female stars in the audience who were smiling at the obvious jab at the often criticized voting body of the HFPA.
Stellan Skarsgard’s impromptu comedy monologue
It was so deserving that Stellan Skarsgard won. Brilliant, who knew eyebrows were so important? Apparently Miloš Forman, the great late Czech-American director.
The Bad Dress Parade
Not everyone can pull off the insane puffy sleeve trend like Beyoncé, who wore a golden Schiaparelli couture gown with – to put it mildly – voluminous sleeves. In fact, no one really, so don’t do it.
But that fashion audacity didn’t stop Jennifer Lopez from showing up in Christmas wrapping, bows and tree skirt:
— Page Six (@PageSix) January 6, 2020
Paltrow’s peignoir circa 1967:
— Comicbook.com (@ComicBook) January 6, 2020
Blanchett’s fan arms:
Cate Blanchett (wonderful actress) has a majestic presence! About her dress, I liked it but I didn’t like it, but I liked it … But I didn’t like it. Got it?! 🤔 Maybe she should have considered that “less is more”, a little less… #GoldenGlobes #GoldenGlobes2020 pic.twitter.com/2EOsI1uetQ
— Alessandra Guidoni (@AGM71com) January 6, 2020
Forgetting one’s shirt:
To start let us discuss the most anxiety-inducing look of the night: Kerry Washington, described as a harness with matching skirt and blazer.
Is there a shirt? No. Do I feel like if she moves wrong the golden globes is getting an unexpected form of entertainment? Yes. pic.twitter.com/JgxyUObori
— Addie Striker (@athena_dancing) January 6, 2020
And last but not least, powerful world politics and female empowerment messaging from Patty Arquette, who delivered an eyepopping fashion statement as a bonus:
— Vulture (@vulture) January 6, 2020
Salma Hayek said, hold my beer:
Salma Hayek at 53! So beautiful. 💎😻 pic.twitter.com/rVXQnlw603
— 𝚂𝚑𝚊𝚗𝚐 𝚃𝚜𝚞𝚗𝚐 (@SoulfulSinn3r_) January 6, 2020
Winners of the red carpet were Helen Mirren and Billy Porter who, hands down, understand how to dress and impress:
— Mel 🌙 (@peryllovers) January 6, 2020
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) January 6, 2020
All in all, the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards made for a very memorable night.