When you ask Ricky Gervais to return and host yet another Golden Globes ceremony, our feeling is that you’re just gearing yourself up for some snark. Or zingers. Or a night in which the likes of Robert Downey Jr. is bound to walk away pissed off. After all, the hostus mostus has done this thing three times already and everyone should know what to expect.
While there may have been some question as to whether Gervais would be as up to snuff as he was in previous years, as it turned out there was no need to worry. The host was on pointe Sunday night with plenty of zingers that bordered on offensive — as expected — and even allowed the likes of Melissa McCarthy, Morgan Freeman and Jennifer Lawrence to come out with some of the best facial reactions of the night.
So what invoked such reactions? Here’s just a sample of some of our faves.
“I’ve changed. Not as much as Bruce Jenner, obviously… She didn’t do a lot for women drivers but you can’t have everything can you.” – Gervais, in a pretty self-explanatory jab.
“Spotlight… Roman Polanski called it the best date movie ever.” – if you ever want to hear a bunch of celebs hiss, this is as close as we’ve ever gotten.
“I’m getting paid exactly the same as Tina and Amy did. It’s not my fault if they want to share the money now is it?” – This one seemed in jest enough… except, what if it wasn’t?
“Matt Damon is here tonight. The Martian was a lot funnier than Pixels. But then again, so was Schindler’s List.” – Gervais tried to defend this one by saying how it’s just a movie, except… it’s not JUST a movie guys.
“This is the year of female remakes. This is great for the box offices because they get guaranteed results and they don’t have to spend too much money on the cast.” – We’re so sorry, J-Law.
“Neither of our first two presenters have won a Golden Globe. I don’t know what they’re doing here really. But I don’t choose the guests. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill!” – Wonder if Gervais wrote Hills’ Bear from The Revenant bit too?
“He’s also the only person Ben Affleck hasn’t been unfaithful to: Matt Damon!” – watching Damon try to come back from this may have been our favourite moment of the night.
“Here are Eva Longoria and America Ferrera: two people Trump can’t wait to deport.” – Trump jokes are still kosher, right?
“Welcome Joy and Trainwreck, which are not the names of Charlie Sheen’s favourite hookers.” – but they could work as nicknames for J-Law and Amy Schumer, says us.
“These next two presenters are so cute and adorable that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are going to want to adopt them: Kevin Hart and Ken Jeong.” – we couldn’t not agree with this one after seeing them on stage together…
“I’d rather have drinks with Mel Gibson tonight than with Bill Cosby.” – Sophie’s choice, Ricky.
“Our next presenter is the most respected actor in the room. That isn’t saying much. Morgan Freeman!” – Freeman’s reaction to Gervais’ dying down applause was kind of the best. After all, if you can’t take it, don’t dish it out.