The annual Golden Globe Awards are meant to honour Hollywood’s best and brightest—and, if you’re Ricky Gervais, a great opportunity to ridicule celebrities over dinner and a few glasses of champagne. The famously boozy awards show will be hosted by Gervais for a record fifth time in 2020, with the British comedian commenting, “Once again, they’ve made me an offer I can’t refuse. But this is the very last time I’m doing this, which could make for a fun evening.” Fun for Ricky and us viewers, probably, but the nominees? Perhaps not so much.
In previous years, Gervais has gleefully mocked plastic surgery in Hollywood, Scientology, celebrities in rehab and critically panned films, among other hot button topics. He’s ripped into Paul McCartney, Robert Downey, Jr. and Charlie Sheen, and didn’t hold back on Mel Gibson when introducing him as a presenter in 2010. “I like to drink as much as the next man,” Gervais quipped. “Unless the next man is Mel Gibson.”
So yeah, if you’re an actor and you did something questionable in 2019, he’s going to go there. Good luck!
While other prize-giving bodies have been going without hosts for their annual soirees, the Globes are sticking with the tried-and-tested tactic after choosing Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg as co-hosts for the 2019 Globes.
“In a world where many award shows are opting to go the no-host route, the Golden Globes are going all in! It’s going to be a great night,” Mike Mahan, CEO, dick clark productions, said in a statement.
The Globes are hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and are known as Hollywood’s party of the year. They kick off awards season and serve as an unofficial precursor to the Oscars, which take place the following month. In addition to the actual awards ceremony, the night promises incredible fashion, plenty of laughs and many candid (read: occasionally boozy) celebrity moments. The 2020 Golden Globe Awards nominees will be announced on December 9 and we can only imagine who Gervais’ celebrity targets will be this time around (and bet those celebrities are wondering, too).
Gervais is primarily known for his stand-up, Netflix comedy specials and the original U.K. version of The Office, which he co-created, wrote, directed and starred in. Gervais previously hosted the Golden Globe Awards ceremony in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2016.
The 2020 Golden Globes Awards will air on Sunday, January 5th on CTV.