Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: First Trailer For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron,' Brings Mass Destruction Along With Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver Watch: First Trailer For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron,' Brings Mass Destruction Along With Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver Watch: 'Star Wars' Prequels Recut Into 2 Hour 40 Minute 'Turn to the Darkside: Episode 3.1' Watch: 'Star Wars' Prequels Recut Into 2 Hour 40 Minute 'Turn to the Darkside: Episode 3.1' Edward Norton Says He Didn't Return To Play Hulk Because He Wanted More "Diversity" In His Film Roles Edward Norton Says He Didn't Return To Play Hulk Because He Wanted More "Diversity" In His Film Roles Oscar Buzz: Who Could Be Set For Nods In The Supporting Actress Race? Oscar Buzz: Who Could Be Set For Nods In The Supporting Actress Race? Juliette Binoche Says Her Performance In 'Godzilla' Made Quentin Tarantino Cry Juliette Binoche Says Her Performance In 'Godzilla' Made Quentin Tarantino Cry Listen To Chvrches "Get Away" From The Rescored Version Of Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Drive' Plus Check Out The Trailer Listen To Chvrches "Get Away" From The Rescored Version Of Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Drive' Plus Check Out The Trailer The Essentials: The 10 Best Michael Keaton Performances The Essentials: The 10 Best Michael Keaton Performances George Lucas Says Studios "Don't Have Any Imagination And Don't Have Any Talent" George Lucas Says Studios "Don't Have Any Imagination And Don't Have Any Talent" Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 5, Episode 7 ‘Friendless Child’ Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 5, Episode 7 ‘Friendless Child’ Watch: Spoiler-ific Local News Report On 'Batman v. Superman' That Caused WB To Lauch A Lawsuit Watch: Spoiler-ific Local News Report On 'Batman v. Superman' That Caused WB To Lauch A Lawsuit Watch: Baz Luhrmann's Chanel No. 5 Short Film "The One That I Want" Starring Gisele Bündchen Watch: Baz Luhrmann's Chanel No. 5 Short Film "The One That I Want" Starring Gisele Bündchen Christopher Nolan Says 'Interstellar' Is About "What It Means To Be A Dad”; Plus Check Out New Pics Christopher Nolan Says 'Interstellar' Is About "What It Means To Be A Dad”; Plus Check Out New Pics Paul Schrader, Nicolas Winding Refn & Nicolas Cage Campaign Against Their Film 'Dying Of The Light' Paul Schrader, Nicolas Winding Refn & Nicolas Cage Campaign Against Their Film 'Dying Of The Light' WTF: Horror Hit 'Annabelle' Yanked From French Theaters Due To Rioting WTF: Horror Hit 'Annabelle' Yanked From French Theaters Due To Rioting Gone Girls And Gone Boys: 11 Films That Dissect Marriage Gone Girls And Gone Boys: 11 Films That Dissect Marriage Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes

Ricky Gervais Returns To Host The Golden Globes, Piss Off Hollywood

The Playlist By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist November 16, 2011 at 4:58PM

Ratings 1, Hollywood Egos 0
8
Ricky Gervais

Ratings 1, Hollywood Egos 0

Earlier in the week, Deadline reported that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was split on whether or not to have Ricky Gervais back to host the Golden Globes. The more delusional of the bribe-taking, party-throwing group were worried that having Gervais back once again to take down the very Hollywood stars who attend the ceremonies would take away from the "prestige" of the event that wasn't above nominating the execreable "The Tourist" last year if only to force Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie to attend. Meanwhile, the more sensible half of the organization were heeding the pleas of NBC who were eager to benefit from the ratings Gervais would bring to the show. Add into the mix Gervais -- who was publicly chastised by the HFPA following his gig last year -- threatening a few months ago to do a Golden Globes live podcast along with some fellow comedians, and well, it's no surprise to see that he'll once again get a chance to skewer Hollywood.

Smarter heads have prevailed, and the HFPA has announced Gervais will be back and acknowledge not everyone in their camp is happy about it. While the awards themselves are mostly an expensive PR exercise, Gervias' presence has made the show a must-see, with jokes that go hard and aim very high. The HFPA has wisely realized that yeah, audiences like to see the glitz and glamor of Hollywood, but they also like to see these primped up stars taken down a notch, sometimes at the expense of a well-executed joke. And no one has done it better in recent years than Gervais.

The Golden Globes will be broadcast on January 15th. And if Gervais wants to start off on a conciliatory note this time around, he might make the first joke about his turn in "Spy Kids: All the Time in the World."

This article is related to: Ricky Gervais, The Golden Globes


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates