Hollywood Foreign Press

January 16, 2012 by staff 

Hollywood Foreign Press, ‘The Artist,’ ‘The Descendants,’ Clooney & Streep Win Golden Globes: Hollywood Foreign Press AssociationRicky Gervais got himself bleeped Sunday night at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards — but then again, so did Meryl Streep.

Gervais, returning as host of the show for the third time, largely avoided the personal insults that caused so much controversy at last year’s show, but he still got off quite a few good jabs here and there, including at the Hollywood Foreign Press, which puts on the Globes, and NBC, which airs them. “The Globes are just like the Oscars, except without all that ‘esteem,’” he joked. He added that the Globes were to the Oscars what Kim Kardashian is to Kate Middleton: “a bit louder, a bit trashier, a bit drunker and more easily bought — allegedly.”

Biting hard on the hand that fed him, Gervais later said, talking about Boardwalk Empire, “It’s about a load of immigrants who came to America about a hundred years ago, and they got involved in bribery and corruption and worked their way up into high society. But enough about the Hollywood Foreign Press.” As for NBC, he called it “America’s third-biggest network,” and then corrected himself: “It’s fourth.” And when he said the Hollywood Foreign Press was non-profit, he added, “like NBC.” And in a jab against the glitz and glamour of the event and the assembled stars, his parting words were, “I hope you enjoyed the goodie bags, the champagne and the gold — I hope it took your minds off the recession for a little while.”

As for the bleep, that came when, introducing Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek, Gervais said he was sure they were very interesting people but he “can’t understand a f***ing word they say!” But much more interesting was Meryl Streep’s bleep, which came after she was named Best Actress in a Drama for The Iron Lady. As she started her speech, she suddenly said, “S**t, I forgot my glasses!” and proceeded to try to remember all the people she had to thank without reading it off a piece of paper. An attempt was made to pass her glasses up to her onstage but they didn’t make it.

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