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Posted at 9:51 PM ET, 01/16/2011

'Glee' and 'Boardwalk Empire' soar while Ricky Gervais crashes at Golden Globes

By Lisa de Moraes

The 68th Annual Golden Globes Awards will go down in history for having brought Hollywood together in its hatred of host Ricky Gervais, but we're here to bring you the TV news that emanated from the frosty ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel where Gervais's career died.

Ricky Gervais, host of the Golden Globes. (NBC)

Fox's high school musical "Glee" is our best comedy series and HBO's prohibition-era Atlantic City-set "Boardwalk Empire" our best drama series, according to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association which doles out the Globes.

"Glee" copped the most Globes of any single TV show - three - also including best supporting actor nods to Chris Colfer and Jane Lynch.

"Boardwalk Empire's" kingpin Steve Buscemi got named best drama actor, while Katey Sagal was crowned best dramatic actress for her work on FX's biker series "Sons of Anarchy."

Besides "Boardwalk," HBO also clocked two more Globes for its big-budget longform projects: Claire Danes, for her starring role in "Temple Grandin," and Al Pacino, for playing Jack Kevorkian in "You Don't Know Jack."

Comedy-wise, it was a good night for CBS. CBS's "Big Bang Theory" star Jim Parsons and Showtime's "The Big C" star Laura Linney were HFPA's faves. Showtime is part of the CBS family.

Now let's all get back to marveling at Ricky Gervais's meltdown. And here is a full list of Sunday night's TV wins (in bold below):

Best Television Series - Drama

Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
The Good Wife (CBS)
Mad Men (AMC)
The Walking Dead (AMC)

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Drama

Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife (CBS)
Elisabeth Moss - Mad Men (AMC)
Piper Perabo - Covert Affairs (USA)
Katey Sagal - Sons Of Anarchy (FX)
Kyra Sedgwick - The Closer (TNT)

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series - Drama

Steve Buscemi - Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad (AMC)
Michael C. Hall - Dexter (SHOWTIME)
Jon Hamm - Mad Men (AMC)
Hugh Laurie - House (FOX)

Best Television Series - Comedy Or Musical

30 Rock (NBC)
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
The Big C (Showtime)
Glee (FOX)
Modern Family (ABC)
Nurse Jackie (SHOWTIME)

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Comedy Or Musical

Toni Collette - United States Of Tara (SHOWTIME)
Edie Falco - Nurse Jackie (SHOWTIME)
Tina Fey - 30 Rock (NBC)
Laura Linney - The Big C (Showtime)
Lea Michele - Glee (FOX)

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series - Comedy Or Musical

Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock (NBC)
Steve Carell - The Office (NBC)
Thomas Jane - Hung (HBO)
Matthew Morrison - Glee (FOX)
Jim Parsons - The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made for Television

Carlos (Sundance)
The Pacific (HBO)
Pillars Of The Earth (STARZ)
Temple Grandin (HBO)
You Don't Know Jack (HBO)

Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Hayley Atwell - Pillars Of The Earth (STARZ)
Claire Danes - Temple Grandin (HBO)
Judi Dench - Return To Cranford (PBS)
Romola Garai - Emma (PBS)
Jennifer Love Hewitt - The Client List (Lifetime)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Idris Elba - Luther
Ian McShane - Pillars Of The Earth (STARZ)
Al Pacino - You Don't Know Jack (HBO)
Dennis Quaid - The Special Relationship (HBO)
Edgar Ramirez - Carlos (Sundance)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Hope Davis - The Special Relationship
Jane Lynch - Glee (FOX)
Kelly MacDonald - Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Julia Stiles - Dexter (SHOWTIME)
Sofia Vergara - Modern Family (ABC)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Scott Caan - Hawaii Five-O
Chris Colfer - Glee (FOX)
Chris Noth - The Good Wife (CBS)
Eric Stonestreet - Modern Family (ABC)
David Strathairn - Temple Grandin (HBO)

By Lisa de Moraes  | January 16, 2011; 9:51 PM ET
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Ricky Gervais didn't crash at all. He was actually incredibly funny. Sometimes Americans take themselves far too seriously - he only made fun of what is glaringly obvious to those of us who have a brain and think outside of the whitewashed world of media and entertainment. I'm not sure who Lisa de Moraes is, but she is either too young or too naive to be writing such drivel for the Washington Post!

Posted by: ivandp | January 16, 2011 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Gervais is the PERFECT host for this sham, and the only reason people watch the Globes is to witness the kinds of train wrecks that occur when you provide a room full of epic egos unlimited alcohol. The night's only entertainment was watching those folks squirm. If they don't like the heat, let 'em go get regular jobs.

Posted by: cecil6 | January 17, 2011 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Gervais was great, you silly shallow twit.

Posted by: MrJones2 | January 17, 2011 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Oh dear..... i'm afraid an article like this would suggest that the only thing 'melting down' are your journalism skills. Gervais was hilarious. The awkward, taboo, humour epitomised his genius as as a comic. The only thing people are talking about from the Globes is him. By saying this performance will wreck his career is like saying a 5 touch down, 400 yard Brady Superbowl performance will see him benched. Not going to happen

Posted by: hfinley | January 17, 2011 12:15 AM | Report abuse

I agree with all the other earlier positive comments. We are all entitled to our own opinion and regardless of my own personal views or values, I respect that he did his job well and entertained. He's FUNNY!!!

Posted by: evmtax | January 17, 2011 12:20 AM | Report abuse

ahaha...Ricky's career is alive and well, unlike the one that belongs to the writer of this completely useless article. I honestly wouldn't be too terribly devastated if, tomorrow morning, I heard that Lisa was hit by a bus on her way to work. What a moronic waste of life.

Posted by: ihateyoulisa | January 17, 2011 12:20 AM | Report abuse

"Crash"? "Meltdown"?

Posted by: look_of_disapproval | January 17, 2011 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Dead?! Gervais KILLED tonight on TV's across America. This is like the insiders who claimed Colbert's career was over after he tore apart DC at the WH Correspondent's Dinner...of course everywhere outside DC he was heralded as a hero and genius, and he's gone on to tremendous success and acclaim.

The only person whose career is suspect is the author of this article. I realize it's a Sunday, but really? Are there no editors at WaPo on Sundays who watched this too?

Posted by: pdubnyc | January 17, 2011 12:28 AM | Report abuse

What a silly assessment. Gervais will be fine. He was hilarious. He warned them...get over yourself if you didn't find him funny. Movie stars are not gods for goodness sake. We don't need to treat them with reverence.

Posted by: ginafunk | January 17, 2011 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Gervais was brilliant. Boo-hoo, he made some Hollywood insiders cry. Yeah, that'll totally end his career, because the only important people in the world are the botox-Caligulas in the Bev Hilton and their tabloid enablers. We tuned in to see Gervais take down some pompous Hollywood stiffs, and he did not disappoint. Well done, sir.

Posted by: CaitD | January 17, 2011 12:42 AM | Report abuse

What a ridiculous review. Gervais is a genius. Get a real entertainment reporter Post.

Posted by: lisaquinndesign | January 17, 2011 12:53 AM | Report abuse

This is a joke, right? Do you even know who Ricky Gervais is? Are you 80? He didn't crash, he killed. This will doubtless be a big boost to his career, which is based on the type of humor you saw last night. Just as Stephen Colbert's scathing roast of George W. Bush was a boost to his career. The reason the room of celebrities wasn't really laughing was because they didn't want anyone they might have to work with/for to see them laughing. So, how does it feel now that you know you don't have the slightest clue of what you're talking about?

Posted by: skylights | January 17, 2011 1:07 AM | Report abuse

Why is this writer so keen on characterizing Gervais' performance as a crash? As if he failed at what he was trying to do. The audience may have had their feathers rumpled but that was so clearly intentional by Gervais that to miss it is to be unskilled in the art of character evaluation.

You can call it sabotage if you want, but Gervais had said multiple times in preshow interviews that he plans on crossing the line so far that he doesn't get asked back next time.

Looks like everything went according to plan.

Posted by: sprig | January 17, 2011 1:23 AM | Report abuse

Ricky Gervais was amazing, the writer of this so called news entry has no since of humor, no intel on what humor is. Gervais was brilliant. If hollywood has anything to cry about it's the hatred on their own selves for sucking so bad. Glee..., Boardwalk Empire, Social Network, Black Swan..., Inception...what effing crap!

You know what's fantastic, the BBC version of the Office, the original, in which Ricky Gervais was a part of. By far out beats the US's spin off of the Office, and so far most of which as premiered in theaters from the original airing of BBC's Office.

Hollywood need's to wake up, get some intelligence, and a sense of humor. No wonder kid's aren't willing to pay for this crap.

Posted by: Ian5672 | January 17, 2011 4:06 AM | Report abuse

I agree with other posters that Gervais was hilarious. The award shows allow the entertainment industry people to wallow in such silly self love -- it was great to see Gervais hilariously put the show into perspective. The people who tried to challenge him onstage (Tom Hanks, Robert Downey) came off really much more lame. It was a fun show in a year short of really good movies.

Posted by: dietrichtimothy | January 17, 2011 4:43 AM | Report abuse

Only reason we continued to watch was for Ricky Gervais. It started hilarious, and had some fantastic cutting remarks.
That everyone seemed so stunned only made it funnier. Bruce Willis seemed to find it funny, in a 'I can't believe he said that and we'll have words soon about this...' manner, and don't mind RDJ giving as good as he got, it made it entertainment! That's what it's about! We WANT the trainwreck, and that it was done oh so hilariously? Perfect viewing.

Posted by: Jyve | January 17, 2011 5:15 AM | Report abuse

"Gervais crashes"?! Says who? The Washington Post?!?!?

He has just completely added fuel to his career. The industry should take its head out you know where. The people at home loved it. He rocked.

Posted by: aarondarc | January 17, 2011 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Gervais was superb. Downey, Allen et al must be totally humourless self-important bores not to be able to take a bit of ribbing. If anything, it was the joyless, precious stars who crashed and burned not Gervais. Totally refreshing to see him at work on such a usually staid audience. A nice mix of uncomfortable truths and hilarious observation. Bubble. Pomposity. Pricked.

Posted by: BennyBlanko | January 17, 2011 8:24 AM | Report abuse

I don't see why people are making a big deal over his jokes. Isn't this why those big wigs hired him, to spice things up? Normally I don't watch the golden globes because they are notoriously boring as hell! Ricky Gervais was awesome last night and he deserves a pat on the back for bringing all those pompous Americans down a couple of notches. My god can no one take a friggin' joke anymore?!

Posted by: jenray75 | January 17, 2011 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Gervais was very, very funny.

It's hard to believe the writer of this article was watching the same show...perhaps we need to keep friendly with, and have access to, the Hollywood powers that be?

In which case Gervais simply had the courage to ignore that. In doing so, he made the invited audience of insiders feel uncomfortable, and the rest of us watching laughed our heads off, both at the accuracy of the observations and at the discomfort of the self-obsessed and self aggrandizing clay idols.

The was the joke. Most of us got it.

Posted by: PyriformButt | January 17, 2011 8:50 AM | Report abuse

What s wrong with you people? I love Gervais and record his animated show to be sure not to miss it but he was not only "not" funny but mean, vindictive and repetitive.

Posted by: captains2012 | January 17, 2011 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Are you kidding?Gervais was the best part of the whole night. My wife and I were on the floor laughing. His career path probably tripled. If you are that uptight where you don't get biting/sarcastic humor than stop writing for the entertainment section of the paper.

Posted by: millerc77 | January 17, 2011 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Jeez does anyone edit WP articles anymore? I counted at least 7 capitalization/ punctuation errors in this short article.

Posted by: crete | January 17, 2011 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Lisa de Moraes is obviously some sort of Hollywood hack. Gervais was priceless - just what these pompous, mufti-millionaires need to bring them back to earth.

Posted by: zaphrod | January 17, 2011 9:08 AM | Report abuse

"Got named?"


Posted by: stephfaris | January 17, 2011 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Ricky Gervais was brilliant in twisting the noses of those self-important stuffed shirts. How can the "Social Network" win over the "King's Speech"? I guess the inevitable consequence will be "Twitter, The Movie".

Posted by: wschaub | January 17, 2011 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Gervais's "career died"? How out of touch is this writer? Quite the contrary... Gervais is now superstar status for calling it like it is. (It's about time someone did).

I'll not even go into the sub-par nominees for this "awards show". What a joke.

Posted by: JeffersonLives1 | January 17, 2011 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Lisa...Lisa...LISA!! Wrong. Wrong. Wrong! Ricky was fantastic! I think you must have been suckered into thinking he 'crashed' because you were gauging the success of his jokes by the audience reaction, which was a bit tepid. Why? Because they were all horrified and scared to be targeted by Ricky's barbs. Unfortunately, this also means you probably do not possess a keen sense of humor. It's okay. Neither did most of the celebrities being roasted by Mr. Gervais.
He did a fantastic job and is the ONLY reason I care one iota about the Golden Globe telecast. If he's back next year (chances: zero. Hollywood has about as good a sense of humor as you apparently do) I will watch. If anyone else hosts, I will not.

Posted by: fanofleisure | January 17, 2011 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Haha this article is a joke! You clearly have no sense of humor! How do people who are so out of touch get a job at this newspaper!

Posted by: eddiecoxgolf | January 17, 2011 9:38 AM | Report abuse

You couldn't be more right Lisa. Gervais has destroyed his career once and for all. Just like Steven Colbert did after his white house correspondants dinner speech. I mean, where is he now? It's nice to see someone on the right coming out in defense of people like Charlie sheen who work so hard to set a good example for the rest of us. How dare ricky make fun of people like him. I think trashing a hotelroom and imprisoning a porn star in a closet is the 6th amendment if I'm not mistaken. Anyway, so much for Ricky, it was fun while it lasted. I guess he'll just have to retire and live in shame of his career that never quite took off. I really hope he finds Jesus as well, I'm so worried about his immortal soul. Thank you for fighting for these people. I know you respect and condone every aspect of the lives of hollywood's elite. Keep up the good fight, and don't let a sense of humor ever shake your ability to write an inflammatory article about an institution as important as the golden globes. why says newspapers are out of touch?

Posted by: Mikemikemotorbike | January 17, 2011 9:51 AM | Report abuse

I fear for my country. The incredibly hateful comments here are so worrisome. One even wrote he hoped the author of this piece would be hit and killed by a bus! And why?? Because, de Moraes still has a shred of human decency where slamming someone AFTER they have fought their way out of addiction is considered in poor taste. If you are so class envy of movie stars and film makers THEN DON'T WATCH THEIR AWARD SHOWS!! They get paid the BIG BUCKS because they can do what YOU CANNOT. Gervais can indeed be very humorous but if he has such contempt for the industry that has made him so wealthy best he not host the event..and as his last HBO show also indicates...his hubris has over taken his funny bone. Now he has just turned mean.

Posted by: bmclane | January 17, 2011 9:55 AM | Report abuse

All four Post reporters who critiqued the Globes said Cervais was awful. 99% of all commenters say Cervais was fantasic. Once again the disconnect of what people enjoy and what the "media" enjoy is shown to be a very wide gap.
Cervais was very, very funny.

Posted by: Iowahoosier | January 17, 2011 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Gervais was brilliant. How on earth would telling scandalous jokes on national television kill the career of a scandalous comedian? Ricky Gervais has never been Bill Cosby (I don't know who Tom Hanks was referring to when he said the man used to be chubby and kind). The fact is that Hugh Hefner's wife is a gold digger, the Tourist was a forgettable film, Kim Catrall is a fossil, Mel Gibson is a racist, Charlie Sheen is an ass and Tom Cruise is in the closet. Why does saying these things make you a bad person?

Posted by: David_Pirtle | January 17, 2011 10:05 AM | Report abuse

THANK YOU THANK YOU, amazing readers of the washington post -- you have restored my faith today. as all of you have so eloquently stated - Gervais was utterly brilliant as always... and indeed succeeded in doing exactly what he intended. i love movies and actors - and lived in the LA bubble for a few years... but let's keep things in perspective here... it's movies. and actors. and he IS a comedian. it is unfortunate that the author of this little fluff piece didn't put an ounce of the care and research into the job that Gervais clearly put into his last night.

Posted by: disashter | January 17, 2011 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Ricky Gervais was a cultural gift last night given to Americans in hopefully helping to remedy America's celebrity-obsessed culture. I thank Ricky Gervais for his contribution.

Posted by: rottenpeach | January 17, 2011 10:26 AM | Report abuse

But who crashed harder, then, Gervais or de Niro?

Posted by: WorstSeat | January 17, 2011 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps Washington Post journalists don't have a sense of humor?

Or perhaps Washington Post journalists identify more with the rich and powerful persons that they cover and identify less with the reading public they allegedly serve?

Lisa de Moraes' reaction to Ricky Gervais sounds a lot like the critical Washington Post coverage of Stephen Colbert's biting comedy at the 2006 White House Correspondents Dinner.

In both cases, the Washington Post wouldn't know "funny" if "funny" bit the Post on the butt.

Posted by: SteveCaldwell | January 17, 2011 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Ms. de Moraes is an excellent reporter and often-times has her virtual finger on the pulse of public opinion. However, this time, I believe she is incorrect. America is tired of spoiled & pampered individuals who read (and believe) their press releases. This applies to those who entertain us and to those who are elected to represent us! Mr. Gervais was spot on, brilliant and reflective of the audience at home watching. When you have "stars" who stay home, pouting because another of their number made fun of them on SNL, I say they got what they deserved, while I got many laughs from an otherwise lackluster show! I would love to see Mr. Gervais do the WH Correspondents Dinner and do the job that the press has not done in a long time, which is to expose this gas bags for what they are.

Posted by: florz | January 17, 2011 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Gervais had kick with his sharp irreverence.. More funny than his dissections were the lame comebacks from the hollywood elite. So much fun to see them sobering up from from their self reverential revelleries. Well done!!!

Posted by: VIRTUAL1 | January 17, 2011 10:45 AM | Report abuse

I never watch silly awards like the Golden Globes because Hollywood holds themself in such high regard. After reading how Gervais took them down a notch I only wish that I had watched it. Either way, that's the guy's comedy routine. If they weren't expecting it then why did they hire him? Just shows what a bunch of clowns they are.

Kudos to Gervais...

Posted by: mbyrd28 | January 17, 2011 11:16 AM | Report abuse

We need more hosts ending their careers if it involves calling out Bruce Willis for the ridiculous amount of bad movies he's made. Ricky Gervais was brilliant as always!

Posted by: NCSUWolf1995 | January 17, 2011 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Absolutely hilarious. The pampered, babied, self congratulating stars need to be knocked around a bit. Hopefully it deflates all of the huge egos in the room. I was in tears (of laughter).

Posted by: kikiannejensen | January 17, 2011 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Gervias was hilarious. BUT I think Lisa is right - career suicide. Because, showbiz glitteratti prefer their cacoons of wonderfulness, not the harsh realities of, um, harsh reality.

Posted by: molsonmich | January 17, 2011 12:18 PM | Report abuse

After reading Ms. Moraes' column, it's no wonder that the newspapers are failing. I've read better in "journalistic" blogs.

Posted by: nishiki | January 17, 2011 12:24 PM | Report abuse

...Also, can I have her job?

Posted by: nishiki | January 17, 2011 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Ricky was Ricky - which is what we wanted to see. These stars take themselves too seriously. You have to be able to laugh at yourself and they don't know how. Remember Gervias is a comedian. He wasn't up there as a newsman giving facts. He was great and I wanted to see more of him.

Posted by: jtsw | January 17, 2011 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I think there is a danger in reporting that at some point, the reporter loses his or her perspective. In this case, de Moraes seems to have forgotten for whom she is reporting. Her audience does not consist of the Hollywood elite- those egos are stroked on a minute-by-minute basis, and hardly need a protector. She comes off as a pathetic sycophant. Her REAL audience, those of us watching from home, were THRILLED to see someone poke and jab at these ridiculous people. We live in a time of spin and fabrication- when speaking the truth out loud is unexpected. We all KNOW that Scientology is a ridiculous tax-evading joke, and that some of its most famous 'stars' live double lives, but as long as it's just whispered, it's okay. We all KNOW the Tourist sucked, but how DARE he say it out loud in the actors' presence!! I, for one, was so happy with last night's show. It was honest, it was uncomfortable, and it was hysterical. De Moraes, your finger has slipped off the pulse of the people. You missed the joke- you were reviewing from the point of view of the actor, not the audience. Move on to something else. I don't think this job is for you anymore.

Posted by: jessica211 | January 17, 2011 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Glad so many people liked RG. I hated it, however. I guess if you like watching people demeaned after attempting to sing and getting voted off the island, then his "humor" last night would be great to you. I don't. The Charlie Sheen and Gibson jokes were totally appropriate and expected. His jokes about the gay Scientologist and the fellating Hollywood Foreign Press corps were not.

And comparing him to the brilliant Stephen Colbert elevates RG beyond reason. I mean really, as you all point out, it was an AWARD SHOW, not the very necessary take-down of an immoral president.

Posted by: evietoo | January 17, 2011 2:06 PM | Report abuse

I guess we watched a different show because I thought Ricky Gervais was brilliant last night....the show was a snooze fest without him and RDJ.

But DeNiro?
WTH was that?

Posted by: vintagejulie | January 17, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Lisa de Moraes--Are you serious that Gervais had a meltdown? Were you watching the same GG as we were? Because most of us thought RG was brilliant.

This has nothing to do with the fact that I disagree with your opinion, but I don't know how this piece even qualifies as journalism. Have WaPo's standards dipped that low?

Between Richard Cohen and Ms. de Moraes, it is obvious that WaPo excells at hiring simple hacks.

Posted by: norba920 | January 17, 2011 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Gervais was brilliant. the only reason people watched this boring pompous affair is because of him. and he did not disappoint. He has made it so much better than the Oscars. The only complaint i had was that i wanted more of him between the presentation. but seems like he went absent for too long period of time.

More Gervais please for next year.

Posted by: UnitedinTx | January 17, 2011 2:58 PM | Report abuse

The real, yet wholly unreported Golden Globes story, is this:

Only 2 Black actors were nominated, no Black shows, no Black writers, no Black directors.

Only Black Director to ever be nominated? Spike Lee, 1990. He lost.

Only 2 Black Writers have ever been nominated. Neither won.

Last Black TV Drama Actor nominated? 2006. Last Black TV Drama Actress nominated? 1993.

There's no denying the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is racist. That's the real story - and one you will not read anywhere.

Posted by: frank1569 | January 17, 2011 3:38 PM | Report abuse

I liked Ricky years ago, for "The Office," some of "Extras," and the first batch of his podcasts for the Guardian. But he's truly a one-trick pony, and the guy is played out. Those insults were stupid, childish, and maybe shocking, but not really very funny. Insulting Hollywood without some kind of a twist is like shooting fish in a barrel. If you love insults, and believe me, I do very much, get Triumph the Insult Comic Dog...he's the best in the business!

Posted by: Kas300 | January 17, 2011 4:23 PM | Report abuse

It seems most of the comments have been very favorable to Gervais.

My husband and I watched the show together and thought many of his comments were mean spirited and in poor taste.

I thought after the events in Tuscon, we were going to try to bring back civility. I don't think Gervais understands the meaning of that word. I have watched many award shows where the hosts poked fun at the celebrities, but I never saw anything like what I observed last night. I missed last year's show.

All I can say is bring back Billy Crystal! He knows how to host and make an awards show amusing without making people so uncomfortable.

Posted by: hrdwlby | January 17, 2011 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious. When I heard about this reporters reviews of Ricky Gervais's career, I came over here to see if anybody was really that stupid. Apparently there is someone that stupid and willing to register it on paper in a well known publication. Kudos for your ill thought out critique and your willingness to expose yourself as a relatively useless hack.

Posted by: eadverts | January 17, 2011 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Ricky Gervais was great. I literally had tears rolling down my face from laughing.

To the see the stunned faces of those overpaid under talented hacks was just the icing on the cake.

I think it would be fantastic to have him host 2012!!!

Thanks mate for the laughs.

Posted by: JordanSteele | January 17, 2011 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Which begs the bigger question, in a city where Hollywood actors make fantastical money and out of work actors down the road live in abject poverty, and let’s not even bother mentioning the downtown mecca that is skid row, nor those individuals watching from home, whom most of are still struggling for mortal survival in prolonged unsettling economic circumstances what exactly is appropriate?

The divide between the lavished and revered and those left to fend for themselves in an environment that offers little yield hasn’t been this wide in a while and sometimes it takes a comedian, especially a foreign one who secretly revels in letting America know that the joke is really on them.

So yeah, Ashton Kutcher is Bruce Willis' make believe son, I bet the world is still laughing...oh dear.

Posted by: zoezoe123 | January 17, 2011 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Ricky Gervais was the only part of the GG or any award shows worth anything. Please leave Hollywood and Los Angeles and gain some perspective.

Posted by: milevin | January 17, 2011 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Lisa you need to lighten up, Gervais was hilarious. No wonder you americans go around shooting at one another.

Posted by: Billybob10 | January 17, 2011 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Lisa de Moraes should be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Never has the American public been so united as to roundly condemn this woeful piece of claptrap. Looks like you've got your finger on the pulse of your readers Ms de Moraes....

Posted by: tripperhead | January 17, 2011 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Not only is Lisa de Moraes stupidly off the mark in this article; she is also an exceptionally ugly woman. The Washington Post should fire her.

Posted by: HonestJohn2 | January 17, 2011 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Ricky Gervais absolutely nailed it. Funniest monologue since Colbert's press corp dinner. I shared it with dozens today and everyone liked it. Lisa de Moraes is a dimwitted, stupid little c*nt, in my opinion.

Posted by: GrahamATX | January 17, 2011 11:45 PM | Report abuse

I agree with frank1569. Black actors, writers, directors, etc., really need to step up their game. They were an embarrassment this year.

Posted by: tomwallace75 | January 18, 2011 2:59 PM | Report abuse


Oh, come on, I never said I hope Lisa gets hit by a bus--I, frankly, don't care enough about her to put any energy into actively *hoping* that misfortune falls into her lap.

I only care enough to register solely to blast her terrible opinion.

Posted by: ihateyoulisa | January 18, 2011 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Gervais was amazing, and anyone who was offended deserves to be. Hollywood is full of a bunch of overstuffed, self important children, and it's great to see them get reminded of that fact.

Posted by: brendaarchimboldi | January 19, 2011 1:05 PM | Report abuse

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