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Brits Take Over at the Golden Globes

18 Jan

Colin Firth with his wife Livia Giuggioli

The film awards season started this week with the Golden Globes, and there was certainly no lack of talking points. The awards ceremony, held in California, had a very British feel to it, as it was hosted by English comedian Ricky Gervais, whilst English actors Colin Firth and Christian Bale both won awards.

It was Gervais who took most of the headlines as his typically controversial hosting had a very mixed reaction. Many of the celebrities at the event were put off as he offended just about every actor and actress present with his jokes. However, his very British humour has gone down well here in the UK where he is one of the country’s favourite comedians.

Have a read of some of his comments and see if you find them funny or simply mean:

“It was a big year for 3D movies. Toy Story, Despicable Me, Tron. It seems like everything this year was three-dimensional, except the characters in The Tourist. I already feel bad about that joke. I’m jumping on the bandwagon, because I haven’t even seen The Tourist. Who has?”

“I’d like to quash the rumours that the only reason The Tourist was nominated was so that the Hollywood Foreign Press can hang out with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. That is rubbish, that is not the only reason – they also accepted bribes.”

On Jennifer Lopez – “She’s just Jenny from the block. If the block in question is that one on Rodeo Drive between Cartier and Prada.”

Despite the mixed reaction Ricky Gervais got in America, there were some Brits who were far more successful on the night. English actors Colin Firth and Christian Bale both won acting awards for their films ‘The King’s Speech’ and The Fighter’, and both are now tipped for success at the Oscars.

Here is a list of the major winners from the Golden Globes:

Best Film: The Social Network
Best Actress: Natalie Portman (Black Swan)
Best Actor: Colin Firth (The King’s Speech)
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo (The Fighter)
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale (The Fighter)

If you want to find out more about British cinema, or book tickets to see one of the winning films, then visit our Guide to Film for cinema times and links to loads of brilliant short films.

Image: Nicogenin on Flickr

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