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article imageOp-Ed: Gervais cannot win with this hosting gig

By Tim O'Brien     Jan 16, 2012 in Entertainment
Silence is golden, some say, and that was the case for the silent black and white film, "The Artist," but what about the rest of The Golden Globes?
Perhaps some should have been silent while the host should have spoken more. That is up to the viewers themselves to decide, I suppose.
The ratings saw a slight dip but good numbers, which means it averaged roughly 16.7 million viewers. Those numbers will shake out as nearly the same as last year, but those in attendance did not. The count when pre-show stories were being done, was 1,300 in the main ballroom and the viewing parties. The number changed to roughly 1,400, which leads me to believe the talk of a seating shortage was indeed true. So, which stars and cast mates were left out and which ones got overlooked?
But now, as the gold dust and flakes have digested in the stomach's of the celebrities and the hangover's have been nursed, let's take another look at The Golden Globes.
Last night, "The Artist" won three and that makes me happy as it continues to do well as the award season progresses. It is my favorite and best film of the year. Those two terms can mean something different and they do to me.
One item of note, right off the bat, is the feud between Elton John and Madonna, which host Ricky Gervais didn't help diffuse. This one started on the red carpet when Elton said, with force, that she would not win best song. She was later told this and simply said, "we'll see." She won and the look on Elton's face seemed as if he just bit into a rotten egg. Then, later on Gervais quipped, "Now I want to introduce the 'Queen of Pop' ...not you, Elton." He then proceeded to introduce Madonna. If you are wondering why you saw more of Madonna last night than in the last six months combined, note this - - she is the half-time show at the Super Bowl. It's on NBC this year, as were the Globes.
As for Gervais, he was fine for me but some are saying he wasn't nasty enough. Last year they said he was too nasty. Huh? How about this take on matters? The award shows are not a Dean Martin Roast, for crying out loud. A few jokes here and there and some sarcastic quips are enough. The host should be there to maintain the flow, not take over. It may be hard to remember when Johnny Carson hosted the Oscars, or even Bob Hope. They were hosts.
So, Gervais did his thing and I am fine with it. They did end up using the delay twice; once for Ricky and the other time for Meryl Streep when she gave a speech no one understood.
The best line came from Seth Rogan and it was not bleeped out. It had to do with the male anatomy. Much has been made of the ad-libs and the drinking, etc., and perhaps the host and stars take that into account too much when on stage. The result, many of the attempts at humor seem forced.
Much has also been made of late that comedy, perhaps, should get its own category at the Oscars. I say no way. The stunt folk have been trying for years to get one so wait in line comedy. Take a look at the Globe comedy/musical category this time around. "The Artist" won and now that film is the front runner going forward. That was the stronger category. However, there were some "not-really comedies" in there.
Perhaps it is time to get rid of the TV movie and miniseries categories. I glaze into "my deer in headlights" mode when they are being handed out. Plus, it would shorten the show. Before one of those miniseries awards was to be handed out Jimmy Fallon was doing something I have yet to figure out. I went back and tried but lost interest because - - well, it's Jimmy Fallon. I did finally track down the category. It was for sound. That also reminds me. When Julie Bowen was walking the red carpet she said if "Modern Family" wins Best Comedy she would jump into the pool. No word if she did.
After Jessica Lange won, in somewhat of a surprise, for "American Horror Story," she gets up and speaks about the lack of good writers and scripts. This was after Woody Allen was just awarded the Best Screenplay Award. It's all about timing as Allen pens a pretty good script even if the movie is bad. As usual, though, he was not present.
The best segment was when Morgan Freeman accepted the Cecil B De Mille Award from Hellen Mirren and Sidney Poitier. However, I also found it somewhat odd that no mention was made of it being Martin Luther King Jr's. birthday during that segment. It is celebrated this year today (Jan 16), but the actual date of his birth is Jan. 15.
Now back to Gervais again. His quip about Jodie Foster, Eddie Murphy and "Bridesmaids" were darn right funny. Plus, asking Johnny Depp is he he has seen "The Tourist" was priceless.
Here is his bit about Foster: Because The Hollywood Foreign Press Association gave him a list of what not to use, he read the list. He noted he could not mention Mel Gibson,"And especially not Jodie Foster's beaver." As for his introduction of Melissa McCarthy, star of "Bridesmaids," he noted that defecating in a bathroom sink in "Bridesmaids" is "less demeaning than what most of you have done to make it in show business."
And then there was Murphy, who backed out of hosting the Oscars. That would be prime ribbing material for Gervais. And it was. "When the man who said yes to 'Norbit' says no to you, you know you're in trouble."
For the best line on the red carpet, let's go with Zooey Deschanel: "I am wearing a gown but my nails are wearing tuxedos."
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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