Quirky night for the Irish at the Golden Globes

It was a quirky night for the Irish at the 2010 Golden Globe Awards, with the Celts present providing plenty of laughter over the course of the ceremony.

Or rather, being the butt of a few of Ricky Gervais jokes.

“The Office” creator and host for the night laid into anyone and everyone, from the plastic surgery brigade to NBC and Jay Leno.

However, perhaps his funniest dig was aimed at our own Colin Farrell.

It has been reported that Gervais specifically asked to introduce the Irish star, and Farrell, upon hearing this, was supposed to have said “Oh, Balls!”

He had good reason to. Here is how Gervais introduced Farrell:

“One stereotype I hate is that all Irishmen are just drunk, swearing hell raisers,” quipped Gervais, before adding, “Please welcome Colin Farrell.”

Farrell took it in good spirits, smiling wryly and saying, “Oh, I once was a cliché,” before presenting an award.

Gervais also took a dig at Mel Gibson with this intro:

“I like a drink as much as any man, unless that man is Mel Gibson!”

Again, Gibson took it well, pretending to slur his words as he introduced the Best Director Golden Globe.

But Ricky isn’t daft, and he did not play with fire when introducing Mickey Rourke:

'I haven't got a bad word to say about him . . . mainly because he has arms as big as my legs,' said the comedian.

Awards wise, Robert Downey Jr. won for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy for his role in "Sherlock Holmes."

Downey delivered a humorous speech, saying he had to thank no one and then not thanking a host of people, including his wife Susan, Joel Silver and Guy Ritchie.

Brendan Gleeson lost out to Kevin Bacon for Best Performance for Television Drama and Daniel Day Lewis lost out to the aforementioned Downey Jr.

U2 lost out to T-Bone Burnett and Ryan Bingham for Best Original Song, while George Clooney was pipped to the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture by Jeff Bridges' star turn in “Crazy Heart.”


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