Looks like the Hollywood Foreign Press Association made the right call when they rang up Ricky Gervais and asked him to come back and host the Golden Globes again after a three-year break. We pitted this British bad boy against Brooklyn's Chris Rock, returning to emcee the Oscars after an 11-year hiatus, in a recent poll and the results were overwhelmingly in his favor. A staggering 85% of you are more excited about Gervais presiding over the irreverent party that is the Globes than you are about Rock rolling over the far more sedate Oscars. Not voted yet? Be sure to make your voice heard in the poll at the bottom of this post.
Before voting, take a look at the two videos below that showcase these two mirthful men presiding over these award shows.
Gervais first hosted the Golden Globes in 2009 when he made merry with the HFPA and its head honcho Philip Berk: "I had to help the HFPA president off the toilet and pop his teeth back in." He was back at the Beverly Hilton the following year and fired this shot: "I’d like to quash this ridiculous rumor going around that the only reason 'The Tourist' was nominated was so the HFPA could hang out with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. That is rubbish. That is not the only reason. They also accepted bribes." He made his farewell appearance in 2011 when he dropped the F-bomb as well as this bon mot: "The Golden Globes are to the Oscars what Kim Kardashian is to Kate Middleton. A bit louder, a bit trashier, a bit drunker, and more easily bought."
Rock presided over the 2004 Oscars and opened the show with a sassy monlogue that made special mention of the record five Oscar nominations for black performers: "It's kind of like the Def Oscar Jam." He targeted a slew of famous faces sitting in the audience of the Dolby Theater including Nicole Kidman, Cuba Gooding Jr, Tobey Maguire and Colin Ferrell and he milked a running gag about Jude Law seeming to be in every movie made that year.
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