John Boyega & Brie Larson get BAFTA Noms, Ricky Gervais on Hosting the Globes & More
Your 2016 Golden Globes host, Ricky Gervais, has notoriously used his previous Globes gigs to lampoon (or eviscerate, depending upon your perspective) everyone from Hollywood royalty to the universally loved Steve Carrell (this bit was hilarious—he roasted Carrell for being so "amazing" on The Office, a show he created). Gervais has routinely blasted the Globes itself, like in this quip; "For any of you who don't know, the Golden Globes are just like the Oscars, but without all that esteem." He also once said that he had to help the Hollywood Foreign Press's President put on his dentures and get off the toilet. Well, this year, Gervais has told The Hollywood Reporter he's still not sure what all the fuss has been about, and he genuinely looks forward to his hosting gig. As for his "reasons" behind his barbed humor during his gigs, he had this to say; "But I made the decision: Do I pander to 200 fragile egos in the room or 200 million people watching at home? There’s nothing in it for the people watching at home. They’re not winning awards. It’s not a spectator sport watching other people win awards, so I tried to make it one."
The Force Awakens and Room stars John Boyega and Brie Larson are among BAFTA's Rising Star award nominees, Deadline reports. They're joined by Kingsman: The Secret Service's Taron Egerton, Fifty Shades of Grey's Dakota Johnson and The Diary of a Teenage Girl's Bel Powley.
You know what's always a great read? Slate's Movie Club, which brings together well respected film critics to talk about what they loved (and perhaps, loathed) in the year in film. Led by Slate's chief film critic Dana Stevens (one of the best), this year's Slate Movie Club includes Mark Harris, Amy Nicholson, and David Ehrlich. We suggest you start from the beginning.
The New York Times annual awards season blog, The Carpetbagger, chats with Idris Elba about fatherhood, Hollywood and more.
And finally, in that other award show, another big-time comic (and writer/director/actor) is back to hosting duties—Chris Rock. ABC recently dropped the first commercial for the 88th Academy Awards. “Much like New Year’s Eve, it’ll be a night that ends with a lot of drunk, disappointed people swearing they’ll do better next year.” Welcome back, Chris.