6:07pm PT by Daniel Fienberg
Critic's Notebook: Ricky Gervais' Golden Globes Return Proudly Announces How Edgy He Is
For months now, NBC has been promoting Ricky Gervais' Golden Globes return around his alleged daringness, and the British comic returned to the Beverly Hilton stage on Sunday (Jan. 10) after a three-year absence and repeated over and over and over again how allegedly daring he was going to be.
But the things Gervais said were almost secondary to the Golden Globes' director attempting to find scandalized stars in the audience, which wasn't especially easy, because when you're a star in the audience of a Ricky Gervais monologue, you know to expect the camera's imminent arrival. Ghostbusters star Melissa McCarthy was poised and ready to transition from patient ambivalence to feigned amusement at a moment's notice. Also getting to laugh at the idea of Hollywood income disparity was Jennifer Lawrence, who got to hear about how women in other professions were protesting and wondering, "How the hell can a 25-year-old live on $52 million?!"