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Last night’s Golden Globe awards once again served as a platform for Hollywood celebrities to bring attention to their chosen causes, but the real headline grabbing event was when the awards’ host Ricky Gervais called his peers out for their hypocrisy.
“If you win, come up, accept your little award, thank your agent and your god, and f*ck off!”was how Gervais concluded his welcoming speech. You can see the full speech in the video below:
Gervais touched on issues such as climate change, pointing out that the Hollywood stars were discussing lifestyle changes while flying private jets to get to the ceremony. He also reserved some criticism for major corperations like Apple and Disney, likening actors’ willingness to work for them to swearing allegiance to ISIS. He also insinuated that celebrities had no place making any social commentary, considering that many of them are uneducated.
All of this was met with stone faces and awkward laughs, although Gervais did preface his comments by saying “I don’t care.” It might be the last time anybody asks The Office‘s creator to host an awards dinner, but he’s not concerned…
Naturally, his speech garnered a lot of attention and it was only a matter of time before Ricky was trending on Twitter and was met with an overwhelmingly positive response from ordinary users.
Of course, Gervais’ assertions didn’t exactly resonate with the crowd, given that Michelle Williams gave a heartfelt and deeply personal speech about abortion, while Joaquin Phoenix, an actor who is renowned for his activism, gave a speech about climate change while also calling on fellow stars to practice what they preach.
Gervais’ speech was undoubtedly the highlight of the show, but here are some highlights of the awards given out on the night, to give the interested Cinephiles out there something to write home about:
- Best Picture (Drama) – 1917
- Best Picture (Comedy/Musical) – Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood
- Best Director – Sam Mendes, 1917
- Best Actor – Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
- Best Actress – Reneé Zellweger, Judy
- Best Actor (Comedy/Musical) – Taron Egerton, Rocketman
- Best Actress (Comedy/Musical) – AWKWAFINA, The Farewell
- Best Supporting Actor – Brad Pitt, Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood
- Best Supporting Actress – Laura Dern, Marriage Story
- Best Screenplay – Quinton Tarantino, Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood
- Best Original Song – “(I’m gonna) Love me again” – Elton John, Rocketman
- Best Original Score – Hildur Gudnad´Óttir, Joker
- Best Foreign Film – Parasite
- Best Animated Feature – Missing Link
- Best Series (Drama) – Succession
- Best Series (Comedy/Musical) – Fleabag
- Best Limited Series – Chernobyl
- Best Actor (Drama Series) – Brian Cox, Succession
- Best Actress (Drama Series) – Olivia Colman, The Crown
- Best Actor (Comedy Series) – Ramy Youssef, Ramy
- Best Actress (Comedy Series) – Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag
- Best Supporting Actor In A TV Series – Stellan Skarsgård, Chernobyl
- Best Supporting Actress In A TV Series – Patricia Arquette, The Act
- Best Actor In A Limited TV Series Or Television Motion Picture – Russell Crowe, The Loudest Voice
- Best Actress In A Limited TV Series Or Television Motion Picture – Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon