Nov 17, 2011 12:00AM

Ricky Gervais to Host 69th Golden Globes

In anticipation of more Golden Globes LOLs, we look back on our past favourites.

Have you ever tried to use paedophile and holocaust jokes at parties and wondered why you just got really weird looks as a response? Well, it's probably because you're not Ricky Gervais. If you were, then people half the people would have laughed uncontrollably and half would have made official complaints, then important people would have banned you from speaking at future parties while you insisted that you didn't want to anyway.

After pretty much this exact scenario happened after last year's Golden Globes ceremony, Ricky Gervais has gone back on his word and announced that he will be hosting this year's Golden Globes Awards, the 69th. This is fantastic and really makes us hope that some truly awful movies manage to make their way into the nominations, because no amount of Rotten Tomatoes is enough to punish Russel Brand for agreeing to take part in the cinematic atrocity that was Arthur and, as The Tourist proved, box office flops make hilarity gold mines.

To celebrate we've put together a list of our favourite Golden Globes moments from previous years, including Gervais' infamous opening monologue, which scores bonus points for Steve Buscemi's crazy eyes at 3.50, pointed out by YouTube commenter 5648789654:

On the subject of opening monologues, Billy Crystal has also recently announced (also on Twitter) that he will be returning to host the 2012 Oscars:

So here is his equally infamous monologue from the 64th Annual Academy Awards in 1992 (embedding disallowed!), which isn't so much a monologue as just an opening thing because he can't talk that coherently while wearing a Hannibal Lecter mask, but which is still worth watching.

And it made Ricky Gervais realise that costumes are definitely the way to get LOLs:

Though even Adolf Hitler is probably not as scary as Angelina Jolie's 2002 eyebrows:

And while you're making jokes about celebrities' bad suits, how could you possibly fail to mention this?

Anyway, back to video highlights from the last two years. Robert de Niro mocking his own film Little Fockers for being really terrible is funny, because it's really true.

Jane Lynch: Never not funny. Or "falsely humble" either.

And last but not least, here's a truly heartfelt speech from Steve Buscemi. Awwwww, this is as cute as baby Harajukus!

Words: Hannah Ongley