Golden Globe Awards 2011: The night's big fails, from bad Ricky Gervais jokes to Robert De Niro awkwardness
Needless to say there were many moments to choose from. But we compiled the most egregious Globes mishaps in the following list of the top eight Globes fails.
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Helena Bonham Carter's ensemble
We'll cover this in more detail when we post a best/worst dressed list later today. But let's just say that the sloppy-drunk retro '80s party that was Carter's dress was done no favors by the fact that she wore mismatched shoes whose colors would only look cute on an unconventional Christmas elf. We appreciate her boldness, but feel that in this case, it just led to a #globesfail.
Again, another matter that will be addressed in the best and worst dressed list. But for now, we have five words: Madeline Kahn in "Young Frankenstein."
Justin Bieber, wearing sneakers on the red carpet while bringing his 3D biopic director as his date
Sneakers with a tux? Fail. Bringing director Jon Chu, the man behind the upcoming Bieber flick "Never Say Never," as well as a pair of 3D glasses to an E! interview? Epic fail.
Ricky Gervais busting on Robert Downey Jr.
It's one thing for Gervais to pick on targets like Charlie Sheen and Scientology. But it's another for the comedian -- who was funny during certain moments and less so during others -- to say of the longtime sober Downey: "Many of you in this room probably know him best from such facilities as the Betty Ford Clinic and Los Angeles County Jail." Downey's retort -- "Aside from the fact that it's been hugely mean-spirited with admittedly sinister undertones, I'd say the vibe of the show has been pretty good so far, wouldn't you?" -- was delicious. So all in all, it made for quality TV, but still counted as a decided fail on Gervais's fault. Nobody puts Iron Man in a bad punchline.
The Globes producers repeatedly cutting off the acceptance speeches
Right off the bat, Christian Bale's mic got turned off because he spoke a bit too long. But other speakers also either got cut off or seemed to feel great concern about potentially getting the hook. It's an awards show. If it runs over by 10 minutes, really, it's okay.
The constant cuts to Brangelina
Gratuitous celeb-crowd reaction shots are a Globes specialty. But this year, the producers went a bit overboard, especially with the perpetual close-ups on Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. See Jolie fixing Pitt's tie. See Jolie snuggling up to Pitt during the ceremony. See Jolie putting on lip gloss. See viewers around the country rolling their eyes at all the Brangelina attention.
Excessive promos for "Rango" and the NBC series "Harry's Law"
We were somewhat intrigued by the animated Johnny Depp movie and the new Kathy Bates series ... at least we were until the ads for both were jammed down our throats for three straight hours.
Robert De Niro's acceptance speech
After receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award, De Niro began an acceptance speech that started out sort of funny and quickly devolved into a weird attempt at stand-up comedy. We loved that he made fun of himself a bit -- a joke at the expense of "Little Fockers" is always welcome in our book. But all the comments about deportation made us squirm ... and not in a good, we're-squirming-because-we're-watching-Travis-Bickle kind of way.
| January 17, 2011; 2:09 AM ET
Categories: Awards Season, Celebrities, Movies
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