BEVERLY HILLS: British comedian and actor Ricky Gervais returned to host the Golden Globe awards on Sunday, cracking scathing jokes about Hollywood’s elite that got both laughs and disapproving looks from the A-list audience.
Gervais, known for his no-holds-barred style of comedy, joked about Hollywood’s lack of diversity, film producer Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused by more than 80 women of sexual misconduct, and the suicide of financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
“Let’s have a laugh at your expense,” Gervais said at the start of his opening monologue, in which he vowed that the ceremony would be his last time hosting. “Remember we’re all gonna die soon. And there’s no sequel.”
Gervais also called out Hollywood actors as hypocrites for giving impassioned political speeches at awards shows while working in movies or television series produced by major tech and media corporations.
“You say you’re woke, but the companies you work for – I mean, unbelievable – Apple, Amazon, Disney. If ISIS started a streaming service, you’d call your agent, wouldn’t ya?,” he asked.
“If you win an award tonight, don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech,” he advised the stars during his opening monologue.
“You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything, you know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg.”
Several winners ignored his advice completely (more on their speeches in a sec), but that didn’t stop the British comedian going all out as he fronted the ceremony for the fifth and apparently final time.
Gervais said he “came here in a limo tonight and the license plate was made by Felicity Huffman,” referring to the “Desperate Housewives” actress, who served nearly all of a 14-day prison sentence last year for her role in the admissions scandal.
The comedian also said Leonardo DiCaprio, the star of Quentin Tarantino’s two-hour-and-40-minute-long film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” “attended the premier and by the end his date was too old for him.”