Ricky Gervais goes after Hollywood in opening monologue of Golden Globes


RICKY GERVAIS returned to host the"Golden Globes" last night . . . for the fifth and supposedly FINAL time. And he made it count, by going at Hollywood pretty hard. Not that he ever held back before, of course.

But he cut pretty deep during his monologue when he pretty much called everyone in the room a hypocrite. He said, quote, "Apple roared into the TV game with 'The Morning Show'. . A superb drama about the importance of dignity and doing the right thing, made by a company that runs sweatshops in China."

Then he addressed the crowd . . . quote, "Well, you say you're woke, but the companies you work for . . . unbelievable. Apple, Amazon, Disney. If ISIS started a streaming service, you would call your agent, wouldn't you?

"So if you do win an award tonight, don't use it as a platform to make a political speech, right? You're in no position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg. So, if you win, come up, accept your little award, thank your agent and your god, and [eff] off." (Here's video. Tom Hanks' reaction at the end is already a meme. Here's Ricky's full monologue.)

Later in the show, Ricky made a Jeffrey-Epstein-didn't-kill-himself joke, then told the crowd, quote, "Sorry, I know he's your friend."

He also joked that "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"was so long that LEONARDO DICAPRIO went to the premiere, and by the time it was over, his girlfriend was too old for him. (But Leo got a kickout of it.)

In other highlights . . .

TOM HANKS received the Cecil B. DeMille Award, and actually choked up while talking about his family. His speech was great, despite the fact that he'd been wolfing down cough syrup. Or maybe because of it. (Here's video.)

PATRICIA ARQUETTE won the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie. And she broke Ricky's rule and went political.  (Joaquin Phoenix also said some stuff about climate change.)

BRAD PITT won Best Supporting Actor for"Once Upon a Time in Hollywood", and busted out a"Titanic"joke. After thanking Leonardo DiCaprio . . . whom he called "LDC" . . . he said, quote, "I wouldn't be here without you man, thank you. Still, I woulda shared the raft." FAVORITE SPEECH!

As for the awards themselves, there wasn't a runaway winner. "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" got the most, but it only got three: Brad's award, plus Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy), and Best Screenplay for Quentin Tarantino.

And"1917" won two: Best Motion Picture, Drama, and Best Director.

On the TV side,"Succession" won Best Drama, and "Fleabag" won Best Comedy.

Individual acting awards went to Brad,Joaquin Phoenix, Renee Zellweger, Laura Dern, Awkwafina, and Taron Edgerton in the movie categories . . .

And Brian Cox,Phoebe Waller-Bridge ,Patricia Arquette, Stellan Skarsgard, Russell Crowe, Ramy Youssef, Olivia Colman, and Michelle Williams in TV.