Hilarious & Heartfelt Highlights from 2011 Golden Globe Awards
by Ethan Anderton
January 16, 2011
Last night brought the broadcast of the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards. While the ceremony ended on schedule, at times the show felt like it lasted forever… Perhaps that's because, for whatever reason, our hilarious master of ceremonies, comedian Ricky Gervais, would inexplicably disappear for huge chunks of time. With his fierce wit and sarcasm, no one was safe from Gervais' comedic snark, and most of Hollywood took it in stride. Despite lacking more of Gervais humor there's still some hilarity to be seen, and those who were fortunate enough to win gave some great speeches to humbly accept their awards. Highlights below!
Kicking off the night with commentary on some of the terrible nominees like The Tourist, Ricky Gervais delivered this hilarious opening monologue. Unfortunately, although he makes appearances in a few other videos below, this was the most we saw our enigmatic host for the entire night (bonus video from YouTube):
Fortunately, Robert Downey Jr. brought some laughs to the stage when he revealed that sleeping with him was the key to success for the five leading ladies nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical:
Putting a timeframe on the span of Pixar's incredible work, Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich wondered whether his award presenters, True Grit star Hailee Steinfeld and pop star Justin Bieber (I don't know why he was there either), were even alive when Toy Story was released in 1995. It was a fun joke:
Though Ricky Gervais dishes out some good-natured swipes at Steve Carell, the star of NBC's "The Office" literally has the last laugh before joining Tina Fey to introduce the nominees for Best Screenplay. Another one of our favorite moments to watch:
And then screenwriter Aaron Sorkin gave this truly phenomenal speech after winning the award for Best Screenplay for writing The Social Network which also went on to win Best Drama later that night along with David Fincher winning Best Director:
Finally, the charming ole Robert De Niro gave an awkward hut hilarious speech where he even poked fun at Little Fockers (which was a critical failure) while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement in Film tonight:
Well, those were some of our favorite moments from last night's Golden Globe awards ceremony broadcast live from the Beverly Hilton. Now we're looking forward to seeing James Franco and Anne Hathaway make a splash when they host the 83rd Academy Awards in February. Even though we'll be holed up in Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival, we'll be posting the nominees for Hollywood's biggest night as soon as they're announced the morning of Tuesday, January 25th in just a few weeks. So stay tuned as we continue to plow through the 2011 awards season! What were your favorite Golden Globe moments?