Comedian, writer and awards host Ricky Gervais presented the Golden Globes last night for the second year running. Ricky has had a busy few years writing comedy and starring in films from Stardust to The Invention of Lying and most recently Cemetery Junction – written and directed by himself and Stephen Merchant.
The buzz this year surrounds The King’s Speech, Black Swan, The Fighter and Social Network – all films are hotly tipped for the Oscars – and Colin Firth received the Best Actor Award for The King’s Speech. The film had already been awarded seven nominations but it was Social Network which eventually triumphed winning the Best Drama Award.
Social Network focuses on the rollercoaster rise of Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook. Controversy has surrounded the accuracy of the film’s portrayal but on taking to the stage the creators praised Mark. Writer Aaron Sorkin responded by saying “I wanted to say to Mark Zuckerberg, if you’re watching tonight, Rooney Mara’s character makes a prediction at the beginning of the movie, she was wrong. You turned out to be a great entrepreneur, a visionary and a fantastic altruist.”
Robert DeNiro received the Lifetime Achievement Award – he announced that there would be a boxed set of his work in the lobby after the show – and Hollywood legend Michael Douglas who has just been given the all-clear for throat cancer presented the Best Picture Award remarking that, “There’s got to be an easier way to get a standing ovation!”
With the Oscars fast-approaching the UK will be watching and hoping that Colin Firth triumphs once again.
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