Let's add Ricky Gervais to the list of Golden Globes winners. The laid-back comedian brought a casual vibe to the evening's proceedings that allowed people like Meryl Streep, James Cameron and Mo'Nique and "that guy from RockBand" to bring their best to the podium. Check out the show's Top Moments:
8. Least Elaborate Banter: "It's an honor for us to present this award together," says best screenplay presenter Gerard Butler. "Yep, it is," says his co-presenter, Jennifer Aniston. Then they read the list of nominees.
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7. Best Self-References: After referring to himself as "that guy from RockBand," Sir Paul McCartney introduces the best animated film category by explaining that "animation is not just for kids — it's also for adults who take drugs."
6. Best Deadpan: Ricky Gervais announces that it's time for a "serious bit," launching into a diatribe against stereotypes, in particular the one that "all Irishmen are drunk, swear-y hell-raisers." He pauses before the kicker: "Please welcome Colin Farrell!" Gervais, who enjoys a pint or two onstage, later delivers another alcohol-related zinger. "I like a drink as much as the next man," he says, "unless the next man is Mel Gibson." Cue a sheepish-looking Gibson.
5. Weirdest Joke: Tom Hanks suggests that Meryl Streep "took a step up" when her character slept with Stanley Tucci in Julie & Julia, compared to when her character slept with Alec Baldwin in It's Complicated. A combination of harrumphs and boos greet the normally affable Oscar winner.
4. Most Heartfelt Acceptance: In her emotional acceptance speech for best supporting actress for Precious, Mo'Nique thanks God, her co-star Gabourey Sidibe and Lee Daniels, the film's director. She closes her time at the podium by hoping that the film's themes of sexual abuse encourage other victims to speak out. "To all those who have been touched, now is the time to tell," she says.
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3. Least Necessary Modesty: "I want to change my name to T-Bone, T-Bone Streep. I think it sounds nice," Meryl Streep says in her acceptance speech for best comedy actress for Julie & Julia, referring to T-Bone Burnett, who won earlier in the night for writing best-song winner "The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart)." "In my long career, I've played so many great women, I'm basically getting mistaken for one," the ever-modest acting legend says.
2. Most Colorful Acceptance: Didn't he learn his lesson from that "king of the world" nonsense at the Oscars? Accepting the best director statuette for Avatar, James Cameron starts strong, giving a short, polite tribute to his ex-wife and competition in the category, Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker). "Frankly, I thought this was going to Kathryn, and she so richly deserves it," he says. That's when it goes off the rails, as the Titanic director lapses into an unintelligible rant in the language of the Na'vi, the indigenous people from his movie. (Somewhere in there he also mentions his need to go to the bathroom.) Next time, maybe just send your avatar up to accept?
1. Best Start: We should have believed Ricky Gervais when he said he wasn't going to follow a script when hosting the Golden Globes. His opening monologue segues smoothly from the obligatory cosmetic-surgery joke to a few penis jokes to a charming tribute to masturbation. "I wish I was doing that now instead of this, to be honest," he snarks. "Let's get on with this before NBC replaces me with Jay Leno."
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