Risky jokes at the Golden Globes

Ricky Gervais did a fantastic job of hosting the Golden Globe Awards last night, always pushing the limits with jokes that sometimes rubbed people the wrong way.  At one point, Gervais told a joke implying that certain Scientologists in the Hollywood community were gay actors pretending to be straight, which elicited a mixed reaction from the crowd.  Gervais wasn’t the only one taking chances with humor, though.

Robert De Niro accepted a lifetime achievement award from the Hollywood Foreign Press, and during his acceptance speech he joked that a lot of the members of the foreign press had been deported, “along with most of the waiters,” he added.  Yikes.

Robert De Niro to receive lifetime achievement award

The Golden Globes are coming around again in January, and even if there’s no other reason to watch, you should definitely tune in to see two things: Ricky Gervais hosting, and Robert De Niro collecting a lifetime achievement award, joining long-time pals Al Pacino and Martin Scorsese.

De Niro is without a doubt one of the finest actors in the history of film, and with the presentation of the award we’re bound to be treated to a fantastic montage of his greatest cinematic moments.  Also, Ricky Gervais tends to be pretty unpredictable and spontaneous, so even if the awards end up being kind of boring, the in between bits are likely to be pretty interesting.