After three years of exile, has Ricky Gervais learned his lesson? For the sake of the 73rd Golden Globe Awards, let’s hope not.
“Because I can see the future, I’d like to apologise now for the things I said at next week’s Golden Globes,” the man who’s insulted most of Hollywood tweeted on New Year’s Day.
The 54-year-old British comic’s most outrageous jokes from previous outings are famous (or infamous depending on your taste). “He’s going to push the boundaries of all shades of wrong,” actress Emily Blunt presciently said in 2010 ahead of Gervais’ first hosting stint, which at that point was only the second in Globes history and the first in 15 years to have a designated host.
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NOMINATED: drama actor - Eddie Redmayne; supporting actress - Alicia Vikander; original score(Agatha A. Nitecka / Focus Features)
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NOMINATED: drama series; drama actress - Caitriona Balfe; supporting actor - Tobias Menzies(Ed Miller / Starz Entertainment)
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His material that night included the joke heard ‘round the world: “I like a drink as much as the next man. Unless the next man is Mel Gibson,” he said as he introduced the actor notorious for his earlier drunken driving arrest. Nursing an ever-present beer, the host additionally implied that a Golden Globe win could be bought, said Paul McCartney was flying coach to save money after that huge divorce settlement and said more than once that he wouldn’t be invited back as host.
“On a serious note,” he told the assembled A-listers, “just looking at all the faces here reminds me of some of the great work that’s been done this year — by cosmetic surgeons.”
Of course, he was invited back for 2011 and proceeded to deliver a performance that Times TV critic Mary McNamara at the time called “snotty and abusive.” Despite what appeared to be more prep on his part, she wrote, “it quickly became clear that his material wasn’t just falling flat, it was making many audience members and presenters uncomfortable and even angry.”
Later in the show, Tom Hanks said on stage, “We recall when Ricky Gervais was a slightly chubby and kindly comedian,” with co-presenter and “Toy Story” costar Tim Allen adding, “Neither of which he is now.”
Gervais again lashed out, more harshly this time, at the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., which hosts the awards.
“I’d like to quash this ridiculous rumor going around that the only reason ‘The Tourist’ was nominated was so the Hollywood Foreign Press could hang out with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. That is rubbish. That is not the only reason,” he said. “They also accepted bribes.”
Yes, “Mad Max: Fury Road” was nominated. Click through to see more 73rd Golden Globe nomination surprises and snubs.(Open Road Films; Warner Bros.; AMC; Starz)
It’s not often a summer blockbuster is among the mix during awards season, but “Mad Max: Fury Road” earned a nomination in the very competitive drama picture category, edging out films such as “Steve Jobs,” “Bridge of Spies” and “Straight Outta Compton.” Director George Miller was also nominated.(Jasin Boland / Warner Bros. Pictures)
While “Spotlight” was nominated in the drama picture category, none of the film’s actors were recognized. The film’s two other nominations were for directing and screenwriting.(Kerry Hayes )
Perennial Golden Globes favorite Johnny Depp was not recognized for his turn as Whitey Bulger in “Black Mass,” which some consider a more awards-worthy performace than some of his past roles that earned him nominations. “Black Mass” was not recognized in any category.(Warner Bros.)
The Golden Globes haven’t shied away from recognizing new talent when it comes to nominations, but it was still a surprise to see Rachel Bloom of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” among the nominees for TV comedy actress.(Eddy Chen / The CW)
Another new series to get some love from the HFPA is “Mr. Robot.” The show was among those nominated for drama series, and both Rami Malek and Christian Slater earned acting nods, making “Mr. Robot” one of the top TV nominees.(David Giesbrecht / USA Network)
It should no longer come as a surprise that Netflix is racking up awards nominations, but most did not expect to see “Narcos” in the mix for the very competitive drama series category over shows including “Mad Men” or “House of Cards.” Wagner Moura also earned a nomination in the TV drama actor category.(Daniel Daza / Netflix)
When it comes to Amazon comedy series, “Transparent” tends to get the spotlight, but “Mozart in the Jungle” came out with 2 Golden Globe nominations -- one for comedy series and the other for lead actor Gael García Bernal.(Amazon Studios)
Hulu’s “Casual” was also among the comedy series nominees. Network shows were completely shut out in the category.(Hulu)
It was out with the old, in with the new in many categories, including the highly competitive TV drama actress race.was one of three newcomers in the field for her portrayal of Vanessa Ives in “Penny Dreadful.”(Jonathan Hession / Showtime)
This year’s nominees show the HFPA embracing genre fare that is often overlooked by other awards shows, including “Outlander.” The show is among those nominated in the drama series race, and both Caitriona Balfe and Tobias Menzies were nominated in acting categories.(Neil Davidson / Starz)
That Aziz Ansari earned a comedy series actor nomination for his role in “Master of None” is not as surprising as the fact that only one of last year’s nominees made it back to the list. The rest of the field (including Ansari) is made up of performances for shows in their freshman season.(K.C. Bailey / Netflix)
The last year of “Mad Men” was only recognized in one category. Jon Hamm earned the show’s sole nomination for actor in a TV drama series.(Justina Mintz / AMC)
Perhaps one of the most surprising nominations was the ballet drama “Flesh and Bone” in the limited series or TV movie category. Sara Hay also earned a nomination for actress in a limited series or TV movie. But it wouldn’t be the Golden Globes without a few headscratchers.(Patrick Harbron / Starz)
Afterward, the HFPA’s then-president, Philip Berk, said Gervais had “crossed the line” and added, “Some of the things were totally unacceptable.”
Which brings us to 2012, the year of the Jodie Foster joke that made crude allusions to her film “Beaver,” which ironically enough starred Mel Gibson. (Foster didn’t reference her sexuality publicly until the Globes the next year, when Downey Jr. presented her with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement, Gibson was her tablemate and Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were the new hosts of the show.
Since then, we’ve seen three kinder, gentler broadcasts under the guidance of Fey and Poehler, who played it somewhat safer and generally got bigger laughs from those in the room than Gervais ever did.
Hollywood, for its part, has as usual given Gervais plenty of tasteless-joke fodder to serve up to the masses. And Mel Gibson will be handing out an award.
“Thank you Jesus,” the atheist host tweeted upon learning that news.