The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is at it again, folks.
Just one night after putting on yet another mediocre-yet-entertaining ceremony, it sounds like the organization behind the awards has minimal sense of humor, and wants to punish the best part about their show of the last two years: the host.
Last year, Ricky Gervais made his hosting debut at the Golden Globe Awards, and pushed so many buttons that many (myself included) thought that they would never bring him back. Shockingly, they quickly announced that Gervais would be back again, showing that they’re okay with some comic jabs. Of course Gervais would have to up the ante this year, and that he did…but apparently he crossed the “line.”
Click on over for a quote from a Hollywood Foreign Press member, and to see a video of the Gervais opening monologue that has celebrities and suits so very bitter this fine day.
Speaking to Pop Eater last night, a member of the HFPA had this to say:
Ricky will not be invited back to host the show next year, for sure.
For sure any movie he makes he can forget about getting nominated. He humiliated the organization last night and went too far with several celebrities whose representatives have already called to complain.
The main reason this quote was made is for one particular joke, which took big shots at both The Tourist and the HFPA being bribed into nominating certain films and stars. The only problem with this — and it’s WHY Gervais is so good — is that they’re 100% true. The more public these disgraceful tactics of the HFPA are, the more likely they’re stop making fools of themselves and nominate the films and stars that DESERVE it. I love me some Johnny Depp, but the fact that The Tourist was nominated was shocking to anyone who knows anything about movies. It was so clearly out of place, controversy was oozing before we were even told things were a bit fishy. And it was not the only nominee to cause some confusion.
These people are renowned for being bribed, and it’s why no one takes their awards seriously anymore. The Golden Globes are really just a potential stepping stone to Oscar glory, and the only reason anyone watches is for entertainment value, which has been Gervais the last two shows. If he wasn’t hosting last night, I and many others probably wouldn’t have watched, and it will take a significant new host for me to even bother next year.
And as you can see in the video below, which shows a lot of Gervais’s best (and most harsh) jokes, celebrities like Robert Downey Jr., Tom Hanks, and Tim Allen can roll with the punches and keep right on doing what they’re there to do.
Check out the video and share your thoughts below. Did you enjoy Ricky Gervais and his brutally honest hosting job, or do you think he went so far that even if he makes a brilliant movie in the future, he won’t be allowed to be nominated?
I can say one thing for sure: not only do I think Gervais himself could care less if he’s never associated with the HFPA again, I’m willing to bet he was intent on seeing how far he could push before they reacted this way.