Icy jibes mark Golden Globe awards

EVERY year the organisers of the Golden Globes ply the cream of Hollywood with free food and alcohol at their awards show.

The stars express their gratitude by questioning the credibility of their hosts, who write for obscure publications and are often viewed as starry-eyed groupies.

Robert de Niro, winner of a lifetime achievement award at Sunday’s ceremony, joked that many of the 80-oddsome members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association had just been deported as illegal immigrants.

The event, coming three days after a former publicist filed a lawsuit accusing the association of corruption, also saw host Ricky Gervais and actor Christian Bale fire off a few cutting remarks.

In his opening monologue, Gervais wasted no time tackling the lawsuit, which claimed the group engaged in “questionable deals” such as accepting lavish perks from studios in exchange for nominating their films.

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