What's the verdict on the Golden Globes 2012?
January 16th, 2012
10:36 AM ET

What's the verdict on the Golden Globes 2012?

Likely to the relief of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Sunday's Golden Globes ceremony went off more or less without a hitch. (There were two curse words that had to be censored and more than one penis joke, but these are the Globes, not the Oscars.)

The expected big winners - George Clooney, Meryl Streep, "The Artist" - took home their awards, and host Ricky Gervais was far less needling of those in the audience as he was in 2011. But that could've been because we also seemed to see less of him.

"It appeared that he was offstage much more than in the past," says a review on the Huffington Post. And when he was on stage, this viewer found it almost painful to watch him, "because his performance was so emasculated...All in all, it was [routine], with scant entertainment."

The only glitch is that doesn't make much of a show for the viewers at home.

Particularly those, the Los Angeles Times says in a review, that aren't watching the ceremonies just for the wins.

"To those award-show haters who still mysteriously watch award shows, it must have seemed a new level of hell. For better or worse, it was a show defined almost solely by its winners," the L.A. Times notes. "Not much controversy there. Or anywhere, really. Which leaves the Golden Globes in the same sort of conundrum as the Oscars - all dressed up and no way to put on a real show."

That's not to say Gervais was totally quiet - his opening monologue called the Globes the Kim Kardashian of awards shows: "a bit louder, a bit trashier, a bit drunker...more easily bought."

At one point, he joked that Colin Firth was a racist who isn't above punching a blind kitten, and that the actors gathered in the ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel had done much more degrading things to make it in the industry than defecate in a sink, as a "Bridesmaids" character does in the blockbuster comedy.

But even that quip, says Time magazine's James Poniewozik, was missing the comedian's usual bite. Last year, he wouldn't have made it a general comparison - he would've landed the joke with a "specific, mean-but-true reference to a lousy movie starring [a] valorized celebrity." As a result, Poniewozik continues, "it was largely the winners, not the host, who delivered the closest thing to memorable moments from the podium."

For Entertainment Weekly's Ken Tucker, that resulted in an "underwhelming" show, although the winners list is mostly "spot-on."

"All those NBC commercials featuring host Ricky Gervais promising to be as meanly sarcastic as he was last year didn't really pay off," Tucker says, adding that the acceptance speeches weren't all that entertaining, either, except for the one delivered by Sofia Vergara and Steve Levitan from "Modern Family."

That one had Vergara accept the best TV comedy Golden Globe in Spanish as Levitan "translated" into English, and suggested that the ladies in the audience should do themselves a "favor at the parties tonight and give the ['Modern Family' writers] your phone numbers," Levitan joked as Vergara pretended to be none the wiser. "They make look pasty and nervous and out-of-shape, but they're the greatest lovers I've ever had."

So how was it for you? Did you hope to see more of Ricky Gervais, or at least a less muzzled version?

Filed under: Awards Season • Golden Globes

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    May 14, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Simone

    Ricky was OK, but he was not onstage enough. Wonder how much you get paid to appear and talk for a total of like 10 minutes? Everyone was waiting for the raunchy stuff and it only came like twice....kinda boring.
    On another subject, does Clooney even like Angelina? He didn't mention her with Brad when commenting about all the good stuff he does around the world. Thought that was kinda odd, so just wondering if he even likes her.....

    January 17, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. brokeactor

    Ricky Gervais is the best! My only complaint is that he didn't pack the same punch as he did last year. I was hoping for more celeb bashing by the host, but it just wasn't there. What was the point of having him back if they didn't allow him to stir the pot?

    January 17, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. Chris

    Waaaah....Gervais wasn't edgy enough. Waaaaah....Gervais was so RUDE! Waaaaaah!

    I thought Gervais did a great job. Bring him back next year, and let Lisa Lampanelli co-host! I'll be tuned in.

    January 17, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. alan parker

    A bore from the start. Gervais was apparently paid a lot of money to stay off the stage, and say very little when he was speaking. Back-slapping, self-congratulatory Hollywood phonies – the bright spot was that Woody Allen had the class/sense to not bother to show up. A simply awful three hours.

    January 17, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
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    January 17, 2012 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. Pleb

    Ricky Gervais and Elton John are utterly revolting

    January 16, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Clyde m

    He was OK the three minutes they let him talk. Not as biting as Gervais usually is, but I chalk that up to network pressure more than anything. They should give him the screen time and cut him loose more and then you'd have a show worth watching.

    January 16, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Auelia Darcy

    Was he on OkChica.com?

    January 16, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Maria

    The British are coming the British are coming...Hollywood is all British now ,what the hell is going on everyone in Hollywood is from there.anyone with that accent not matter what it became famous in this Country...are we out of Americans? that can act? why this people? they came here insult us and get millionaires,like the Hell's chef he insult everyone and he get pays for that,look at the Osbournes a bunch of druguist and now they are all over the Tv channels and they are of course millionaires,only in America for sure!

    January 16, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Katie

    Well, I tuned in to see the beautiful people, and the Rickster. I missed it last year but loved the bits they played back. I thought the night was going to rock with Ricky but boy – where the heck was he??? Too bad they severely limited his role as host. A major disappointment.

    January 16, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Steve G

    Poor 'Atheist' Gervais (really, Carla?!) did seem to have his wings totally clipped. It was pretty funny when he read from the list of things he couldn't say...but then he pretty much abided by that list! He was totally emasculated and overall, not very funny. The show is approaching Oscar-level boredom. It used to be the wacky, bipolar distant cousin of the Oscars...the near-perfect antidote. Not anymore....what kind of psychotic nutcase decided to play the music over Meryl Streep's acceptance speech?! I was yelling at the screen! That was sacrilege. Apologies to Carla....I'm not camparing Meryl to a deity and I know you think the room was filled with God and USA-hating, devil-worshipping liberals who elected a terrorist as our President. However, it IS possible to have a sense of humor and laugh at yourself (and others) and STILL have faith in the religion of your choice (yes dear, there are other religions besides your own). I'm sure God has a sense of humor....how else to explain the Scientologists and Fox News?!

    January 16, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. js

    Hopefully, this was the last GOLDEN GLOBES and the Oscars can include the Golden Globes can include the Hollywood Foreign Press in ITS "In Memoriam" segment. Oh.. and they should also do a make-good for Farrah Fawcett!!

    January 16, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. nancy

    Where was the "In Memoriam"? A lot of actors and other industry people passed away in the last year .....and the Hollywood Foreign press does NOTHING?

    January 16, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Booo

    All of the TV shows no one watches won. Why the heck were modern family actors in the same categories with drama and miniseries actors? Gervais was cautious and boring. Most of the dresses had the same silhouette, strapless with pointy sides by the armpit. Why was Gervais bringing up people that weren't even up for awards, like Kim Kardashian? Two thumbs down, snoozefest! And to the two idiots who thinks blacks should be offended that Meryl called Viola her girl, this half-black women says please. Do not speak of that which you do not know.

    January 16, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  16. InCO

    Overall, it wasn't as entertaining as last year. I enjoy Gervais, but it seemed a little tame for him this year. After a while I just started to switch to a rerun of Downton Abbey, and then go back to the Golden Globes occassionally. As a woman, I greatly enjoyed seeing the gowns though. Almost all the women were dressed well and more than a dozen were dressed impeccably – just stunning. As for the awards recipients, I was just rooting for Rooney Mara. I absolutely love Meryl Streep, but Rooney was out of this world. I get a little tired of the bias for bio pics. Oh well, fingers crossed for Rooney at the Academy Awards though. Also, I thought it was sad that The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo wasn't at least given the nod for best drama motion picture. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is absolutely the best film I have seen in years, and I haven't read any of the novels so I am not even a biased fan; I don't remember ever having left a theater so thoroughly satisfied, yet longing to see it again immediately afterwards. The silent French film, The Artist, certainly looks intriguing, I'll have to check it out. All in all, not a bad way to kick off the awards season.

    January 16, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Debbie

    I enjoyed the Globes. I dvr the globes so I could skip commercials and corny speeches but I enjoyed Ricky Gervais. He is very very funny. I didn't think he was outrageous last year and it is said he was 'censored' but he was still funny. Wish he was on stage more.

    January 16, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Carla

    I did not watch it, specially because of the Atheist Gervais , his insults to Catholics, to Jesus, to people of faith must be ol with the liberal Hollywood but milions of us we boycott who are our enemies and insults us.

    January 16, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Joe

    All these Celebretards are a cancer upon the planet...

    January 16, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      At least there are people who are interested in what THEY have to say.

      January 16, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Erica

    I'm sorry but Meryl calling Viola "her girl" was a little offensive. When white people call black women there girl, or girlfriend when they normally don't say that with there white friends, it's just lame and offensive. It is possible that Meryl says that regularly to everyone, but I seriously doubt it. it's usually always an attempt by white people to talk and relate in a way that they THINK will be more accepted by black people. Not.

    January 16, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      But it's ok when Chris Rock calls White people cr@ckers right? Hypocrite.

      January 16, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alvin

      Since when was 'my girl' a racist term? You have that race paranoia thing going on that misrepresents us folk of Caribbean origin as a race, and is the reason why some don't take genuine accusations of racism seriously any more.

      January 16, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Myron Aykron

    Would be great to see some music on the award show. Last night I was listening to the SOUL REBELS BRASS BAND. This band was huge in 2011. Sold out concerts and festivals all over the UK and Eruope. They blend mardi gras funk, soul, hip hop, hard rock, and reggae- they defy category. They have been playing with Metallica, New Mastersound, Galactic.
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    January 16, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  22. barbie

    I loved his jokes this year, you can sense how tense the celebs are....love it!!!!

    January 16, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  23. @@observer

    LMAO! Now, that was funny!

    January 16, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  24. beenz

    Most of it was ho-hum. I liked Felicity Huffman and Bill Macy's bit though.

    January 16, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  25. @Bubblegum

    It was boring and slow paced, much like that horrible show called FRINGE.

    January 16, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  26. ZoSo

    Speaking of Melissa McCarthy: you see that dress? Horrible color for her; she looked like an army mess tent. Dress by Coleman, purchased at Sport Chalet.

    January 16, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
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    I see some questions await u on while working. Lmao !

    January 16, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  28. Ann

    I thought the presentation to Morgan Freeman by Sidney Poitier was very touching and elegant. On another point, what is the fascination re: Gervais, please spare us, don't bring him back again. Meryl Streep saying to Viola Davis, 'you're my girl"?
    A little offensive....would George Clooney say to Morgan Freeman: "you're my boy"? Isn't calling an adult black person 'boy' or "girl", racist? anyway, the public doesn't care all the people the 'stars' thank, those names mean nothing to us. Just get up there, accept your award, acknowledge your fellow nominees, and get on with the next award. Show should take only an hour then. Thank you!

    January 16, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • freddy

      by saying they are racists for a comment that was not meant to be anything but fun and friendly is just nonscense. Black people call each other worse things and also boy and girl and boo. come on, "really? If you want to talk about race, how bout the comment morgan freeman made about changing the name of his prestegious award named after someone for a reason. that was stupid. I think i will just call this award the sidney p. award in OUR house..."Really? it that because it is named after a white person? hemmmmm

      January 16, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • be quiet

      Ann, what a stupid comment. Meryl called Viola "my girl" because they were in "Doubt" together and they're friends! Good lord, stop trying to inject race into every detail of life!

      January 16, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alvin

      Ann, ridiculous comments like yours are the reason some people don't take genuine accusations of racism seriously.

      January 16, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Rebecca for Fashion Widget

    It wasn't that bad. Gervais seemed chastised by Madonna and disappeared after a while. I'm happy for all the winners and the fashion quotient was very high.

    January 16, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • kim

      Madona behaving so defensive......looks like she is still the ugly insecure little girl still in Detroit. NOT a fan.

      January 16, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sir Andrew

      Madonna's "chastisement" of Ricky was perhaps the lamest thing og the evening. She thinks she's smart and funny and she's neither. Her comeback was like Nyah-nyah-nyah taunt on a third-grade playground. And she was so smug and smarmy as she delivered it. She had few points in my book to begin with, but this has put her into negative numbers. And, for the record, she still is like a virgin: pompous, clueless and humorless.

      January 17, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  30. @Observer

    I cld take two hours off of work and help you with that.

    January 16, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Miodrag

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      February 13, 2012 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
  31. Observer

    A bunch of Hollywood Liberals congratulating each other. I would have preferred two hours of physical beatings.

    January 16, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  32. Miguel

    She defacated in a SINK, not a toilet. There's a minor difference.

    January 16, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  33. Cara Doubois

    He's cool but a better host would have been Jason Segal


    January 16, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • BrianBear

      Shoulda seen Joy Behar on The View this morning and her comments (such as "how can you raise eyebrows with all that botox in the room?"). Maybe she can be host next year.....

      The ONLY reason I watched was the hype around Ricky Gervais and he was disappointing.

      January 16, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Cindy

    I changed channels with in 10 minutes of Golden Globes could not watch Ricky for a minute longer he ruined the globes for me

    January 16, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Jesse

      This wasn't a one-man, stand-up comedian's show, yet his performance in the first ten minutes made you unable to watch what the show was really all about? Too bad for you.

      January 16, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • marcus

      We knew in the first 5 minutes that Ricky Gervais was going to fail. The audience started off laughing, struggling to find any sort of hilarity in what he was saying but as the minutes ticked on, Ricky became the "turd in the litter box". No one wanted to touch him, much less see him. When he handed the stage over to Johnny Depp, there was an uncomfortable volley of meaningless words where in the end Johnny Depp shrugged his shoulders and said "what"? I think Madonna's verbal assault was priceless. We hear Gervais says he will never do the show again! WOOHOO!

      January 17, 2012 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |

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