Ricky Gervais opens Golden Globes with ‘crass’ jokes, insults

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Ricky Gervais arrives at the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP)

Ricky Gervais kicked off the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday with a monologue filled with vulgar humor, though he noted that the Hollywood Foreign Press warned him against making crass jokes.

He also slammed NBC, the network hosting the awards show, saying NBC was the only network who could host fairly because, “They’re the only network with zero nominations.”

He later mocked the awards show as a whole.

“If you do win tonight, remember that no one cares about that award as much as you do. Don’t get emotional. It’s embarrassing.”

Gervais added that he has won three Globes quipped that he keeps one by his bedside.

“Just to be clear, that was a joke about me shoving Golden Globes—that I’ve won—up my ass,” he said.

Later, to introduce Matt Damon, Gervais took a swipe at Ben Affleck.

“He’s… the only person who Ben Affleck hasn’t been unfaithful to,” Gervais said. Damon shrugged and laughed uncomfortably as he took the stage to present.

Like Gervais, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill did their best to get the crowd laughing as they presented the first award of the night with Hill in a bear hat. Their jokes, like some of Gervais’, fell flat.

A shocked Kate Winslet took home the first award of the night, winning for Best Supporting Actress in a movie for “Steve Jobs.”

Another early winner was Maura Tierney, who was awarded Best Supporting Actress in a TV Movie, Series, or Miniseries for “The Affair.” Then an extremely enthusiastic Rachel Bloom won Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy.

The Amazon series “Mozart in the Jungle” won Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy, beating fellow Amazon show “Transparent.”

Meanwhile, some notable looks on the red carpet included “Jane the Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez in an off-the-shoulder gown. “Blindspot” star Jaimie Alexander somehow hid her own real tattoos in a green gown with a neckline that plunged all the way to the navel as the stars of film and TV arrived Sunday for the Golden Globe Awards.

Emmy Rossum wore a tight red dress and a twisting diamond necklace, Brie Larson shimmered in gold and Laverne Cox rocked a backless gown in ivory crepe with a fishtail train.

The looks were as varied as the night’s nominees. Without a runaway favorite for this year’s top Academy Award, a handful of key contenders will be looking to Sunday night’s Globes for a little traction on the road to the Oscars. Academy Award nominees will be announced Thursday.

Among the nominees with the most to gain from a best-picture win when the Globes are handed out in Beverly Hills, California, are “Mad Max: Fury Road,” ”The Revenant” and “Spotlight” in the drama category, and “The Big Short” and “The Martian” in the comedy category.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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