It was the Golden Globes last night, in case anyone hadn’t noticed. Whoot whoot! Apart from the glorious parade of dresses, one other topic that may be being discussed over cornflakes this morning was Brit comic Ricky Gervais’s turn as the host of the ceremony. Well, all we can say about it is - Ricky you naughty naughty boy. Take this joke for example -
"Also not nominated was I Love You Philip Morris, Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor. Two heterosexual actors pretending to be gay. So the complete opposite of some famous Scientologists, then... Probably. My lawyers helped me with the wording of that joke. They're not here."
An AMERICAN website wondered aloud if Tom Cruise and John Travolta would be upset that ‘subversive’ Gervais was having a laugh at their expense. Golly. He then went on to dismiss the Jonny Depp/Angelina Jolie vehicle The Tourist, saying that he hadn’t seen it, didn’t know anyone who had seen it, and that it was only nominated because the organisers of the Golden Globes had been bribed to do so. He then bemoaned the fact that the people responsible for the airbrushing in the poster for Sex And The City 2 didn’t get nominated for their work in special effects and proceeded to DO AN IMPRESSION of Hugh Hefner’s latest girlfriend/fiancé attempting to pleasure the ageing soft porn baron without looking at him or being sick. Blimey. At times the auditorium did ripple with laughter, and no one wanted to look a bad sport – cue Jonny Depp forcing out a chuckle at his gag about The Tourist, but really – does the cream of
On to less contentious moments – lovely lovely Grazia favourite, a pregnant Natalie Portman, won the Best Actress gong for her part in twisted ballet tale, Black Swan. She thanked her Mum and Dad and her fiancé, Benjamin Millepied, who she met on the set of the creepy film. Aah. She confessed that she was a bit overwhelmed by the attention for the film – which is subject to a ‘deafening Oscar buzz’ – and is pretty much a dead to cert to sweep up a few more awards before the season is out, for the mesmerising performances and dedicated self sacrifice of the cast. Well done, Natalie.
Meanwhile, homegrown British talent, and costume-drama-watching ladies' hunk of choice – Colin Firth, accepted his prize for Best Actor with a tux by new BFF Tom Ford, and a witty self deprecating speech, crediting the award for saving him from incipient mid-life crisis, saying ‘Right now this is all that stands between me and a Harley Davidson.’ Aah.
Other winners included Best TV series for Glee – a triumph for Gleeks world-wide, three gongs for The Social Network, (v v good) and two for underhyped lesbian saga The Kids Are All Right, which start the ravishing Julianne Moore with Annette Benning, who took home the Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy award. Jolly good.
Finally, in a spectacle far too often missing from recent years’ award ceremonies, the (unofficial) “Bjork prize for dressing like you’d lost your way to a fancy dress party on the red carpet’ went to everyone’s favourite English eccentric Helena Bonham Carter who pitched up in a Vivienne Westwood dress and odd shoes. *thrills!*