Live from the Beverly Hilton hotel on Sunday, January 5, the After Life comedian had the A-listers in the audience recoiling in horror at his raunchy jokes.
"Remember they're just jokes. We're all going to die soon and there is no sequel," he warned Hollywood's biggest stars as he opened the show for his fifth time.
Gervais ripped into the movie Cats, telling a dirty joke about Dame Judi Dench, saying she was perfect for the role "Because she loves nothing better than plunking herself down on the carpet, lifting her leg and licking her own ***." NBC bleeped out his words while Gwyneth Paltrow burst into laughter in the audience.
He also told a joke that didn't go over so well with the audience. "I came here in a limo tonight and the license plate was made by Felicity Huffman," he said and received groans from the audience. "So, no shush. It's her daughter I feel sorry for. That must be the most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to her. And her dad was in Wild Hogs."
Gervais also admonished the stars not to make political statements and to just "Thank your agent and your God and f**k off."
"Please donate to Australia, have a great time, get drunk, take your drugs, f**k off," he ended the show.
Brad Pitt made a shocking snub during his acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actor Motion Picture for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, leaving out any mention of the six children he shares with Angelina Jolie.
He joked about Leonardo DiCaprio and Titanic, saying he would have "shared the raft," spoke fondly of the actors who inspired him but never mentioned Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne or Knox.
Pregnant Michelle Williams called out her fiancé Thomas Kail during her acceptance speech for Best Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for her role as Gwen Verdon in Fosse/Verdon. The couple made their red carpet appearance together before she won the award. "Tommy and Matilda, I can't wait to come home to you," she said just days after news broke that she was expecting her second child and was engaged to him.
Beyoncé was nominated for Best Original song but skipped the red carpet and snuck into the audience at the Golden Globes before her award was handed out.
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"I wouldn't have been able to do this without employing a woman's right to choose," Williams said during her acceptance speech about empowerment. "I know my choices might look different than yours," she said before giving a shout out to her fiancé and daughter. Her best friend Busy Phillips cheered loudly in the audience at the end of her speech.
Beyoncé and Jay Z skipped the red carpet but snuck into the audience at the Beverly Hilton shortly before the Best Original Song award was announced. Her song "Spirit" from The Lion King lost to Elton John's "I'm Gonna Love Me Again" from Rocketman.
Jennifer Lopez was nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her star turn as a stripper in Hustlers but lost to Laura Dern's in Marriage Story. Lopez looked like a Christmas present in her Maison Valentino dress with a giant gold bow and decked out in emerald and diamond jewels by Harry Winston. However, she was unable to take home the award for her portrayal of Ramona in the strippers of Scores story.
Tom Hanks struggled to hold back tears as he accepted the Cecil B. DeMille award. "A man is blessed with a family sitting down in front like that," he said after a long pause trying not to cry. "I can't tell you how much your love means to me." Hanks had the audience in stitches and even joked about his stint on the Love Boat during his inspirational acceptance speech.
Ellen DeGeneres gave an emotional speech but failed to even mention her wife Portia de Rossi. Honored with the Carol Burnett award, DeGeneres jokingly thanked her "husband Mark and kids" but not DeRossi, whom she married in 2008.
Gervais joked about Felicity Huffman's prison stint. She was sentenced to 14 days behind bars for the college admission cheating scandal. His joke seemed to fall flat in front of the audience that wasn't unkind to Huffman.
Pitt won the Best Actor in a Motion Picture award but failed to thank any of his six biological or adopted children. He mentioned his folks, joking that he wanted to bring his mom but "Any woman I stand next to they say I'm dating. It would just be awkward." His ex-wife Jennifer Aniston laughed and clapped during his speech but there was no mention of any of the kids he shares with Jolie.