Golden Globes 2016: Ricky Gervais' Opening Monologue — Grade It!

During the lead-up to the 73rd annual Golden Globe awards, returning host Ricky Gervais made a point of reminding journalists of his guiding principle: Offense is taken, not given.

That mantra certainly resounded during his opening monologue, which skewered celebrities both present at the ceremony (such as Transparent‘s Jeffrey Tambor) and in absentia (Bill Cosby).

The Office co-creator’s fourth stint as emcee — the first since 2012 — started strong, with his kickoff zinger targeting Sean Penn for his recent interview with fugitive drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán.

“I want to do this monologue and then go into hiding,” the Brit said from the podium, where he sipped from a beer. “Not even Sean Penn will find me. Snitch.”

The laughter inside the Beverly Hilton Hotel’s International Ballroom was abundant, with most of the bold-faced names taking their lumps like pros (or, at least, hiding their ire well). A sampling of some of Gervais’ best bits:

* “To be fair, The Martian was a lot funnier than Pixels. But then again, so was Schindler’s List.” — on The Martian‘s nomination as a comedy

* “If you do win tonight, remember that no one cares about the award as much as you do.”

* “To be clear, that was a joke about me, shoving Golden Globes that I’ve won, up my a–. And they’ve asked me to host four times!” — after an extended bit about the statuette Gervais said he keeps by his bed

Watch Gervais’ Globes monologue in the video above, grade it via the poll below, then hit the comments to elaborate!

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  1. Wayne Early says:

    He was great. He should host every year.

  2. Ws says:

    Same thing he always does.. a bit tiresome…. Jonah Hill was god awful though.. what the heck was he thinking?

  3. wrstlgirl says:

    Hilarious but a bit tame. Those guys got off easy.

  4. Timmah says:

    I hate awards shows. I’m only watching this one because of Ricky, and he’s delivering.

  5. Mr. Tran K says:

    Great to see Ricky back hosting the Golden Globes. Hope Tina & Amy are watching.

  6. MK204 says:

    What makes Ricky especially funny is that he makes himself seem like that’s his regular personality. In reality, Ricky is an animal lover striving hard for the cause of animal rights. I thought he was hysterical. Even funnier was his Mel Gibson intro. Surprised the Golden Globes invited Mel though.

    • Timmah says:

      What’s interesting to me is that Ricky and Mel are only six years apart in age, yet Mel looks like he could easily be Ricky’s father.

  7. c-mo says:

    That was funny but I’m still glad I didn’t watch.

  8. Sebastian says:

    All of them sawnthat coming and all of them expects him to do it. That’s why they ask him again and again to di it again. And after Amy and Tina Fey boring hosting last year, they know why so… don’t pretend to be upset.