Kristen Meinzer, Associate Producer
Kristen Meinzer is an associate producer for The Takeaway and co-host of The Takeaway's Movie Date podcast.
Ricky Gervais, why don't you host every awards show from now on? Every single one. I don't care if it's the Oscars or the Employee of the Month awards at Wal-Mart. I think it would make life a little sweeter, even if we were cringing the whole time.
Case in point: last night's Golden Globe Awards show (which might have been the best Golden Globe Awards show ever).
Gervais was in top form as host, with an opening monologue that left the audience both uncomfortable and amused (but mostly uncomfortable). Highlights included: graphic references to sex with the elderly Hugh Hefner, a thinly veiled assertion that both John Travolta and Tom Cruise are gay, and musings on why, in a year with so many great 3D films, Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp still came across as one dimensional in "The Tourist."
He kept the jokes going throughout the first half of the show, introducing each presenter with embarassing movie titles from their resumes and, in the case of Steve Carrell, with a rant about how Carrell wasn't adaquately grateful for everything Gervais did to help his career.
Gervais seemed to disappear for most of the second half of the show; perhaps because NBC decided to rein him in, or maybe because he preferred to sit back, watch the show, and enjoy a few glasses of Moët (bottles of which were visible in every audience shot).
As for the stars on stage, there were your typical robotic presenters (bless your heart, Michelle Pfeiffer), your typically robotic actors that actually came across as funny (way to go, January Jones), and some jokes that fell flat (you tried, Matt Damon).
Meanwhile, the stars in the audience, as usual, looked like they were either: a) overwhelmed with emotion every time the camera shot to them (Lea Michelle, you're not on Broadway anymore, you can turn it down a notch), b) convinced they were the best looking person in the room, even if they were dressed oddly (Angelina, those shoulder pads were doing you no favors), or c) outright devastated (sorry, Jennifer Love Hewitt ... I wanted you to win for "The Client List," but clearly, the Hollywood Foreign Press had other ideas).
At the end of the show, Gervais returned, thanking everyone for being a good sport. But fortunately, he didn't just end it with puppies and flowers. He also thanked God ... for making him an atheist.
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