The 68th annual Golden Globes awards show took place Jan. 16, with the typical number of surprise wins and cliched “thank you” speeches.
The biggest shockers of the night did not come from the award recipients, however, but instead from British comedian and movie star, host Ricky Gervais.
This year was the first time Gervais had hosted the Golden Globes, and he came out of the gate running. His jokes were crass, his jabs were sharp and the audience loved him.
At least, those who could take a joke loved him.
Gervais tried to spread the hate evenly, but some were more offended than others.
While actor Johnny Depp cracked a smile at the jokes about the poor quality of his movie, The Tourist, actor Tom Cruise made his anger known after Gervais made a pointed joke about the movie I Love You Phillip Morris, starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor.
“Two heterosexual characters pretending to be gay,” Gervais said, “so the complete opposite of some Scientologists, then.”
While some were surprised at many of the host’s harsher jokes, they were nothing compared to what did not make the final cut.
Gervais revealed to Conan O’Brien that one of his original ideas was to walk on stage wearing a Nazi uniform and inform the audience that he got the suit from Mel Gibson’s closet.
Compared to that, saying Gibson is “obsessed” with Jews is pretty tame.
Instead of a Nazi uniform, Gervais started the night with a shot at Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen, saying “It’s going to be a night of partying and heavy drinking. Or as Charlie Sheen calls it, breakfast.”
Few escaped the opening monologue, but Gervais got those who did while announcing the presenters of the awards.
The big winner of the night was the movie The Social Network, which took home four Globes, including the highly coveted Best Motion Picture Drama award. They also received Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Original Score.
Natalie Portman and Colin Firth received the highest single awards of the night.
Portman received Best Actress for her role in Black Swan, and Firth received Best Actor for his part in The King’s Speech.
For the most part, first-time winners dominated the night. Chris Colfer (Kurt from Glee) seemed genuinely surprised to win a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series. Glee co-star Jane Lynch received her second Globe for Supporting Actress for her role in the hit television musical show.
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) received his first Globe for Best Actor in a Television Series – Comedy.
Actress Katey Sagal has been nominated four times previously and finally won her award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama for her role in the show Sons of Anarchy.
A number of Hollywood big wigs took home their share of awards, as well. Al Pacino won a Golden Globe for his role in You Don’t Know Jack, the made-for-television movie about the life of Dr. Jack Kevorkian.
Christian Bale received an award for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie for his role in The Fighter.
After all was said and done, the night was over and most everyone went home happy.
Hopefully, the nomination and wins for the up-and-comers are a sign of good thing and one can hope to see more of the same from the tried and true actors and actress of Hollywood. The rest of the year is looking up.