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!