Tame Gervais, Diverse Winners at 2012 Golden Globes

“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.”

With that, host Ricky Gervais opened the live broadcast of the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards from Beverly Hills, Calif. on Jan. 15. Following nearly universal criticism of his offensive performance as host of the 2011 show, Gervais reined himself in before making punch lines this time around.

“I thought he nailed it, because he was irreverent enough, but didn’t cross the line,” Alexandra Rappaport ’13 said.

Chelsea Steinberg ’12, however, who has “no patience” for Gervais, felt that he should have toned down the insults even further at Sunday’s awards show.

“I just feel like the Golden Globes should be classier than that,” Steinberg said. “Everyone gets all dressed up just to be insulted by a drunk guy.”

Despite Gervais, Steinberg thought the awards show was a success: “Watching the Globes made me realize how many good movies I missed out on this year! And, as always, everyone looked gorgeous.”

Staples student highlights from the awards broadcast included a sketch with Jimmy Fallon imitating Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger” with lead singer Adam Levine.

“It was hilarious,” Rappaport said.

Rachelle Lindstrom ’13 also noted the Fallon-Levine performance as one of her favorite moments of the show. She added that she enjoyed when the cast and crew of the French silent film “The Artist” accepted the award for Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical, bringing up cast member Uggie, a dancing Jack Russell Terrier.

Check out the list below to see all of the 2012 Golden Globe award winners!


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Motion Picture, Drama: “The Descendants”

Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama: George Clooney (“The Descendants”)

Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical: “The Artist”

Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama: Meryl Streep (“The Iron Lady”)

Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: Jean DuJardin, (“The Artist”)

TV Series, Comedy or Musical: “Modern Family”

Director: Martin Scorsese (“Hugo”)

Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Octavia Spencer (“The Help”)

Actor, TV Series Comedy: Matt LeBlanc (“Episodes”)

Actress in a TV Series, Drama: Claire Danes (“Homeland”)

Foreign Language Film: “A Separation”

Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or TV Movie: Jessica Lange (“American Horror Story”)

Screenplay, Motion Picture: Woody Allen (“Midnight in Paris”)

Animated Feature Film: “The Adventures of Tintin”

Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie: Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”)

Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: Michelle Williams (“My Week With Marilyn”)

Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie: Idris Elba (“Luther”)

TV Series, Drama: “Homeland”

Original Song, Motion Picture: “Masterpiece” — Madonna, Julie Frost and Jimmy Harry

Original Score, Motion Picture: “The Artist” (Ludovic Bource)

Actor in a TV Series, Drama: Kelsey Grammer (“Boss”)

Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie: Kate Winslet (“Mildred Pierce”)

TV Movie or Miniseries: “Downton Abbey”

Actress in a TV Series, Comedy:  Laura Dern (“Enlightened”)

Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Christopher Plummer (“Beginners”)