Ricky Gervais picked up where he left off last night, as he fronted the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards in the U.S. for the third time in a row.
Gervais didn’t disappoint and ahered to his usual style, poking fun at an assortment of assembled A-Listers, including Eddie Murphy, Jodie Foster and Justin Bieber.
The 50-year-old kicked off by asking “so where was I?”, surveying the crowd and telling them, “nervous? Don’t be, this isn’t about you”.
He took a playful swipe at the awards themselves first, saying:
“For any of you who don’t know, the Golden Globes are just like the Oscars, but without all that esteem.
“The Globes are to the Oscars what Kim Kardashian is to Kate Middleton. A bit louder, a bit trashier, a bit drunker and more easily bought. Allegedly.
“Who needs the Oscars? Not me and not Eddie Murphy [original host of next month's Academy Awards]. When the man who said yes to Norbit says no to you, you know you’re in trouble.”
The comedian also revealed that Globe bosses had given him a list of rules this year, saying:
“This is real. No profanity… No nudity… I mustn’t mention Mel Gibson this year.”
Award-winners for 2012 included Michelle Williams, who bagged Best Actress (Musical or Comedy) for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn, George Clooney for Best Actor and Meryl Streep for her role as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.
Gervais previously hosted the awards in 2010 and 2011. This year, however, award bosses allegedly imposed a seven-second time delay on the comedian, in a bid to cut out any offensive comments.
This year’s ceremony was held at Beverly Hilton Hotel in California on 15 January.
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