Ricky Gervais hosted the Golden Globe Awards for the fourth time last night, and everyone was expecting him to dish out zingers like a school dinner lady plating up hot meals. Did the British comedian deliver? Check out some highlights from his set below and decide for yourself.
1. Before the show even began, he dropped the C-bomb on Twitter.
2. During his opening monologue he cracked a close-to-the-knuckle joke about Caitlyn Jenner’s involvement in a fatal car crash last February. “[This year] she became a role model for trans people everywhere, showing great bravery in breaking down barriers and destroying stereotypes,” Gervais told the audience at LA’s Beverly Hilton Hotel. “She didn’t do a lot for women drivers, but you can’t do everything.”
3. He also mined humour from male actor Jeffrey Tambor’s role as a transgender person in acclaimed Amazon series Transparent. GLAAD (formerly the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) later called him out for his trans-reliant punchlines.
4. He poked fun at Jennifer Lawrence’s well-received essay about the gender pay gap. “Jennifer Lawrence made headlines when she demanded equal pay for women in Hollywood,” Gervais quipped. “There were marches on the street with nurses and factory workers saying, ‘How the hell can a 25-year-old live on $52 million?!'”
5. And he didn’t stop there with the gender pay gap jokes, telling the audience: “All-female remakes are the big thing. There’s a female remake of Ghostbusters. There’s going to be a female remake of Oceans 11. And this is brilliant for the studios because they get guaranteed box office results and they don’t have to spend too much money on the cast.”
6. Gervais also insinuated – then stated outright – that he has inserted one of his own Golden Globe trophies into an intimate part of his body. Yes, really. Watch his full opening monologue below.
7. Gervais introduced Matt Damon as “the one person Ben Affleck hasn’t been unfaithful to”. Ouch.
8. Charlie Sheen also felt his ears burning when Gervais welcomed Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer to the stage. “No, Joy and Trainwreck are not the names of Charlie Sheen’s favourite hookers,” the comedian quipped. “They’re the movies of these next two presenters.”
9. Meanwhile, Gervais introduced Eva Longoria and America Ferrera as “two people who your future president, Donald Trump, can’t wait to deport”.
10. Remember when Gervais mercilessly skewered Mel Gibson at the Golden Globe Awards in 2010? Well, this year he had to welcome the Braveheart actor to the stage and it was very funny and, um, kind of awkward. See for yourself below.