Ricky Gervais returned to host the Golden Globe Awards this past Sunday for the fourth time, despite past appearances that had some feeling a little uncomfortable about how far he had taken jokes. Most notably, remember that jab at Mel Gibson in 2010 when Gervais blamed his outspoken nature to the fact that he likes to drink “as much as the next man, unless the next man is Mel Gibson?”
That said, even though Gervais said he’d be dragged out if he offended anyone too badly, that didn’t stop the funny man from pulling out his best jokes for the three-hour broadcast, which celebrates the best in both TV and movies. Gervais delivered most of his insults at the top of the show, or right before the victims were about to walk on stage, leaving many stunned by what had just hit them (see Matt Damon).
While you can see many of them above, we’ve gathered our top 13 zingers from the night below for posterity.
1. Insulting the audience right out of the gate
Gervais got the night started (see above) with a fairly vulgar reference to the audience, calling them “disgusting, pill-popping, sexual deviant scum.” Er, nice to see you too, Ricky? It set the tone for the night, as actors squirmed in their seats (and laughed, despite themselves) knowing that Gervais meant business, and wasn’t going to hold anything back.
2. When Gervais mocked Ken Jeong and Kevin Hart’s size
Just before the pint-sized duo, who will appear together in Ride Along 2, arrived on stage to present an award, Gervais noted that Brad and Angelina might want to adopt the “adorable” guys. Oh, what we would have given to see them pan to Pitt at that point.
3. On-stage awkwardness with Mel
While they tried to mend fences by putting an arm around one another, it was clear tension still exists between Mel Gibson and Ricky. Gervais tried to take the high road by delivering a back-handed jab at Bill Cosby instead, saying at least he’d rather go have a drink in Gibson’s room than Cosby’s. But after Gervais left the stage and Gibson delivered his own blow, saying that seeing Gervais reminds him to get his colonoscopy, Gervais wasn’t going to take it. He came back on stage, and asked Gibson to explain what a famous two-word name he had uttered years ago really means. It was bleeped out of the broadcast but you can pretty much piece it together.
4. Insulting the whole room … again
It was clear Gervais’ initial audience jab wasn’t the end of his all-encompassing insults. While introducing veteran actor Morgan Freeman, Gervais noted that Freeman was one of the most talented people in the room, but added “that isn’t saying much.” Ouch.
5. The right size and shape
Aside from his hosting gig, Gervais has won a few Golden Globes himself. But rather than show his appreciation to the Hollywood Foreign Press, he opted to discuss just how pointless they are, noting that he uses one as a doorstop, and positions another by his bed, saying that it’s just the right size and shape …