Gervais jokes open Golden Globes


Ricky Gervais pulled no punches as he opened the Golden Globes

Ricky Gervais has opened the 68th Annual Golden Globe awards with some near the knuckle jokes.

The comedian walked on stage, took a sip of beer from a glass already set out for him, and threatened: “It’s going to be a night of partying and heavy drinking or as Charlie Sheen calls it – breakfast!”

Ricky wasn’t afraid of upsetting the major stars sat in front of him.

“Seems like everything was 3D this year,” he told the audience “except for the characters in The Tourist!”

He added: “I’d like to quash the rumours that the only reason The Tourist was nominated is so that the Hollywood Foreign Press can hang out with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. That is rubbish, that’s not the only reason, they also accepted bribes!”

The first winner of the night was Christian Bale, who triumphed in the supporting-actor category for his role as a former boxer whose career unravelled amid drugs and crime in The Boxer.

Bale thanked his collaborators on The Fighter, among them director David O Russell and star and producer Mark Wahlberg, who plays boxer Micky Ward to Bale’s Dicky Eklund, Ward’s older half brother.

“I’ve really got to give a shout out to Mark, because he drove this whole movie,” said Bale, noting that his co-star was the stoic anchor of the film. “I’ve played that one many times, and it never gets any notice.”

Early TV winners included Katey Sagal as best actress in a TV drama for Sons of Anarchy, Chris Colfer as supporting actor for Glee and Carlos for best miniseries or movie.

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