The not-quite-Oscars, otherwise known as the Golden Globes, has evolved from a monotonous awards ceremony into a scathing Hollywood roast, thanks to Ricky Gervais.
Industry insiders and media obsessives might still be fixated on the winners and losers, but for many, the “real” function of the Golden Globes is to provide a platform for Gervais to gleefully mock pampered celebrities, who, judging from their indignant reactions, rarely hear hard truths.
Gervais first started hosting the award ceremony back in 2010, when he made a splash by being a bit cheeky, introducing Bruce Willis as “Ashton Kutcher’s dad,”
and making plenty of jokes at the expense of Mel Gibson, who was deeply unpopular at the time because of his deranged anti-Semitic outbursts.
It was Gervais’ second time hosting, in 2011, when he earned his reputation as the guy who wasn’t afraid to bruise the egos of Hollywood elites, mocking Robert Downey Jr., Johnny Depp, and Angelina Jolie; his material wasn’t hugely offensive, but the constant cutaways to the (largely) unamused audience made the event feel excitingly subversive.