America’s eyes were on the stars on Jan. 16 as Ricky Gervais hosted the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Entertainment elite dressed in their finest for the event held in the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
The evening was hosted by British actor and comedian Ricky Gervais. He opened the show saying, “It’s going to be a night of partying and heavy drinking or, as Charlie Sheen calls it, ‘breakfast.’”
He continued by commenting on Angelina Jolie’s performance in The Tourist, Hugh Hefner’s marriage to 24 year-old Crystal Harris, and went on to say that the award for special effects should go to the team that airbrushed the poster for Sex and The City 2.
“Girls, we know how old you are,” he said. When Gervais introduced actor Robert Downy Jr. by referencing his past visits to rehab and prison, the actor met the audience by saying, “Aside from the fact that it’s been hugely mean-spirited with mildly sinister undertones, I’d say the vibe of the show’s pretty good so far. Wouldn’t you?”
Gervais’ remaining spots on stage seemed to have been met with tense laughter. In the host’s final segment, he said, “Thank God, for making me an atheist.”
Just hours after his performance, Gervais told TMZ that he would decline any offers to host the Golden Globes in the future.
The Social Network was the top winner of the night.
The movie took home Golden Globes for Best Drama, Best Screenplay, Best Original Score and Best Director.
This was director David Fincher’s first Golden Globe, though he was nominated in 2008 for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Actor Colin Firth also took home his first Golden Globe for his performance in The King’s Speech.
Johnny Depp was nominated twice for the award of Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy, for Alice in Wonderland and The Tourist.
But Paul Giamatti received the award in the drama category, for his work in Barney’s Version. Laura Linney, winner of Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy, was not present to accept her award, due to an unexpected death in her family.
The Big C actress’ award was accepted on her behalf by its presenters, Blair Underwood and Vanessa Williams.
The Kids are Alright received the award for Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical. Annette Benning, who plays Nic in the film, won Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy.
Jim Parsons, a new Hollywood favorite, took home the award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for his performance as the neurotic Sheldon in The Big Bang Theory.
Glee took home the award for Best Television Musical or Comedy. Chris Colfer, who plays Kurt Hummel on the show, was awarded Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series, Mini-series or Movie.
Colfer became serious at the end of his acceptance speech when he gave thanks, saying, “Most importantly, to all the amazing kids that watch our show and the kids that our show celebrates, who are constantly told ‘no’ by the people in their environments, by bullies at school that they can’t be who they are or have what they want because of who they are. Well, screw that, kids.”
The award for Best Animated Feature Film went to the final installment of one of Pixar’s most successful creations, Toy Story 3. The Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement, named for one of the motion picture industry’s most successful film makers, was awarded this year to Robert De Niro. The producer, actor and director is known for his roles in Bang the Drum Slowly, The Godfather Part II, Taxi Driver and Awakenings, to name a few.
The Golden Globes kicked off the awards season in style. E! Entertainment’s Fashion Police were buzzing about the star’s outfits: everything from the flowing pink Viktor and Rolf dress worn by Natalie Portman, who took home the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Drama, to the black turtleneck and lame skirt worn by former teen-star Hilary Duff.
Anne Hathaway and Angelina Jolie both opted for shimmering long-sleeved gowns, and January Jones showed some skin in a bright red Versace gown.
Thirty-five-year-old Mad Men star, Christina Hendricks had a mild scare on the red carpet when she noticed that the $850,000 diamond bracelet loaned to her by the jewelry company Chopard had slipped off her wrist.
The actress even asked reporters if they had seen the 24-carat bracelet, before it was returned to her later in the night by an event worker.
The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards featured controversial jokes by the show’s host, fashion-forward clothing and gracious speeches.
After the wrap-up of the Golden Globes, entertainment professionals and celebrity-junkies are shifting their focus to the next big award show: The Academy Awards.
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