Ricky Gervais

This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: God-Awful Globes

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There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This round, midseason starts in earnest with the second-biggest awards broadcast of the year and a raft of premieres.
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Here’s Your Full List of Golden Globe Winners

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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association handed out their Golden Globes last night, in a ceremony hosted by Ricky Gervais at his absolute douchiest (quick, what do religion and the Golden Globes have in common? Ricky Gervais is such a smug prick, he’ll make you reconsider your indifference to them). It was, as usual, a mix of no-brainers (Leonardo, Damon, Stallone, Taraji), wonderful surprises (Rachel Bloom, Oscar Isaac), and OMG-are-you-fucking-kidding-mes (Best Picture to The Reveanant, Lady Gaga for Best Actress, two prizes for Mozart in the Jungle, and Best Original Song to that Sam Smith thing from Spectre, which is a worse sound than the death rattle of your favorite grandparent).
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The Golden Globes Just Proved That the Golden Globes Are Meaningless

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If Ricky Gervais got anything right during his juvenile, boorish, unwanted, yet somehow fourth stint as the host of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual awards show, it was his repeated insistence that the Golden Globes simply don’t matter. This is true in the most general sense, that a bunch of privileged people giving a bunch of even more privileged people some statues doesn’t affect the world much one way or the other. This is even true in the more pragmatic sense — that the Globes don’t affect the Oscars, or even do a particularly good job of predicting them.
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Flavorwire’s Official 2016 Golden Globes Drinking Game

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The 73rd Golden Globe Awards airs tomorrow evening, hosted by comedian Ricky Gervais. We’ll be live tweeting the insanity with Film Editor Jason Bailey and TV Editor Alison Herman, using the #GoldenGlobes hashtag. Play along and get boozy with us using Flavorwire’s official Golden Globes drinking game as your guide. It’s the only way we’re going to survive the celebrity nonsense that is sure to ensue. Cheers!
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Why Can’t Ricky Gervais Leave David Brent Alone?

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It’s hard to remember now, but when the UK original version of The Office, starring co-creator and co-writer Ricky Gervais, first aired in 2001, it was a revelation — a wickedly funny, desperately sad mockumentary style look into the denizens of one paper-pushing company. It was the loneliness and desperation that burned through the screen, whether it was big boss David Brent’s (played by Gervais) attempts at fame and friendship or Tim’s (Martin Freeman’s) fight for something like love and sanity. It was a marvelous work, equal parts comedy and tragedy, certainly worthy of (high) placement in the all-time-best-show-ever pantheon. Gervais played the role of Brent so well that it felt like he was Brent, at times. The show felt lived in and accurate about the daily misery of the working man. It was not a show made by people who had no idea what it was like to be in an office job that could maybe become your life; rather, it was steeped in that existential terror.
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In Praise of Patton Oswalt, Brave Twitter Warrior

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Yesterday, on Twitter, comedian and activist Patton Oswalt delivered an astounding series of tweets that, had the words been spoken from a stage, would have been called performance art instead of stand-up comedy. Yes, Oswalt has elevated himself from comic to one of the nation’s — nay, the planet’s — greatest cultural critics, taking a stand for free speech and the right to make jokes about every taboo subject while at the same time squashing the words of every Social Justice Warrior and PC Policeperson on the Internet. Fellow comedian Ricky Gervais, who regularly encourages his followers to broaden their minds with his balanced, levelheaded discussion of religion, called Oswalt “the bravest and uncompromisingly brilliant tweeter out there.” It’s true; Oswalt is extremely courageous, taking a stand from behind his keyboard against the indignities he’s suffered at the hands of overly sensitive marginalized Twitter communities.
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