Hollywood’s elite came out Sunday night to honor the best in both film and television at this year’s Golden Globe awards. All eyes were fixed on host Ricky Gervais after last year’s biting performance as many wondered if he would continue to lambaste the stars.
Although he toned it down a bit from last year’s controversial performance, Gervais took a shot at the awards show itself, comparing it to Kim Kardashian.
“The Golden Globes are Just like the Oscars, except with all the esteem,” he quipped. “The Golden Globes are to the Oscars what Kim Kardashian is to Kate Middleton. A bit louder, a bit trashier, a bit drunker and more easily bought.”
Sidney Poitier and Helen Mirren honored Morgan Freeman with the Cecil B. DeMille award for his outstanding acting career. Freeman, who’s lit up the screen for nearly five decades, said he hasn’t worked for the last 45 years because his passion”in life has always been acting.”
Idris Elba also took home an award for Best Actor in a Miniseries for his role as police detective John Luther on BBC’s hit crime drama “Luther.” And the Golden Globes also got a bit more colorful as Octavia Spencer nabbed the award for Best Supporting Actress in a drama for her role in “The Help.” Spencer, who is also a front-runner for an Oscar nod, quoted Dr. King as she accepted the award, saying, “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance.”
While her “Help” costar was riding high off the win, Viola Davis, one of the night’s favorites came up empty handed. Instead, the incomparable Meryl Streep took home the coveted Best Actress awards for her role in “The Iron Lady.” Streep made sure to congratulate her fellow nominees and surprisingly gave a shout out to the indie film “Pariah” and its star Adepero Oduye.
Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, and George Clooney also took home awards, and Madonna bested Mary J. Blige in the Best Song category.