Golden Globes: Ricky Gervais's best quips

Ricky Gervais at the 2012 Golden Globes Gervais previously hosted the Golden Globes in 2010 and 2011

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Eyebrows were raised when Britain's Ricky Gervais was invited back to host this year's Golden Globe awards.

The co-creator of The Office and Extras was criticised in some quarters for his acerbic quips at last year's ceremony.

Yet the 50-year-old was in more generous mood on Sunday night, which saw him poke fun at the great and good without drawing blood.

Here is a selection of his more memorable remarks.

  • "Tonight you get Britain's biggest comedian, hosting the world's second biggest awards show on America's third biggest network [NBC]. Sorry, is it fourth? it's fourth."
  • "For any of you who don't know, the Golden Globes are just like the Oscars, but without all that esteem."
  • "The 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. Allegedly."
  • "Who needs the Oscars? Not me and not Eddie Murphy [original host of next month's Academy Awards]. When the man who said yes to Norbit says no to you, you know you're in trouble."
  • [On Boardwalk Empire] "It's about a load of immigrants who came to America about a hundred years ago, and they got involved in bribery and corruption and worked their way up into high society. But enough about the Hollywood Foreign Press.''
  • [To winners] "You don't need to thank everyone you've ever met or members of your family, who have done nothing. Just the main two - your agent and God."
  • "Our next presenter is the queen of pop - not you Elton, sit down. Please welcome Madonna."
  • [On Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek] "They're ridiculously gorgeous specimens, they're extremely talented and probably very interesting. I'm not sure - I couldn't understand a [expletive] word they said."
  • "What you don't know about Colin Firth is he's very racist. I've also seen him punch a little blind kitten."

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