There Were No 'Star Wars' Jokes At The 2016 Golden Globes, Because 'The Force Awakens' Is Too Good To Mock
Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or you don’t have anything close to broadband Internet), you know that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is, uh, the biggest movie on the planet. Actually, it’s the biggest move in the universe — Star Wars has surpassed both Avatar and Frozen in ticket sales. Since award shows love that topical humor, I figured this awards season will be chock full of Star Wars jokes about “the force awakening” or Carrie Fisher or something. First up on the award show block was the Golden Globe Awards, with host Ricky Gervais. And, I kept waiting for someone to say something, anything, about Star Wars at the Golden Globes, but... nothing. Not a word.
Gervais has hosted the Golden Globes three times before, and he’s not exactly known for being the nicest host. He pretty much has an attitude problem, and he certainly just doesn’t mince any words. I tend to like his cutting humor when it comes to his Hollywood peers, because he just says what everyone else is thinking. No one is safe from Gervais’ tongue, but it’s due to that that I assumed that he would stay away from jokes about the not-so-scandalous issues (like Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and turn to things like the Hollywood pay gap and Bill Cosby to make fun of. Well, I was right, because Gervais didn't make a peep about Star Wars: The Force Awakens the entire night. Harrison Ford was even sitting right there in the audience. In fact, the only person who mentioned Star Wars was Ridley Scott in his acceptance speech for The Martian winning Best Movie, Comedy or Musical, and it was saying that Star Wars being a success is good for all movies.
I guess Star Wars wasn't enough of a bait for Gervais or any of the other presenters. The film has had relatively good reviews and an obviously blockbuster time at the box office. If it were Star Wars: The Phantom Menace , which, well, nobody really liked, I could see Gervais or any of the presenters taking a few shots at how bad it was and how bad some of the acting was. But, it just didn't happen this time around — Star Wars: The Force Awakens was just too good and too big for the Golden Globes to take any shots at it