Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today: The Golden Globes happened and many celebrities did many things in their aftermath. Elsewhere, Sean Penn was named an ambassador at large to Haiti.
Whither Ryan Gosling? And wherefore his cruel absence from Sunday's Golden Globes ceremony? Such poetic injustices were pondered by the internet-dwelling masses all through the night. Some theories on his whereabouts: Perhaps Gosling saw it foretold that he would be robbed of awards for which he was nominated? (Though up for two Best Actor awards, he did not win, adding minor slight to the still gaping wound that was People's decision not to award him Sexiest Man Alive last year.) Or, hey girl, perhaps he knew you had plans last night, and rather than attend without you as his date, he opted not to attend at all? We agree, that was certainly the answer, but, you know, just for appearances, while you two keep it quiet, his publicist is telling the world that Gosling was working abroad, likely in Bangkok filming Only God Forgives, a film about Ryan Gosling looking handsome while doing martial arts. As George Clooney, who bested him for best actor last night puts it, "He's gotta earn a living, he's a struggling actor." Ha. [Vulture, People]
Elsewhere on the internet, Elton John's husband David Furnish got up to no good, apparently quite miffed that Madonna beat out John for Best Original Song. "Madonna winning Best Original Song truly shows how these awards have nothing to do with merit. Her acceptance speech was embarrassing in it's narcissism," he said on Facebook. Of course, when Elton John says before an awards ceremony that Madge has "no [expletive] chance" of winning, after which Madonna does indeed win, the clear move is to insult her via the internet. Perhaps the "narcissism" to which he refers is really just Furnish's irritation that Madonna has been trying to steal Elton John's accent for the past 30 years. But wait. Furnish continues. "...And her criticism of Gaga shows how desperate she really is." Oh, thank God. Lady Gaga, is of course, a person who currently makes music, with whom Madonna has had some differences of late, and Furnish's mention of her name instantly relieves us of our fear that we had somehow woken up in 1985. [TMZ]
Ricky Gervais greeted the morn after his third much-anticipated hosting session of the Globes to news that he had succeeded (failed?) in not offending anyone too mortally but had thus fallen into the equally perilous trap of being sort of boring. And with that, he's done with you fickle Americans. Actually, he said he thought the audience dug him, he told Deadline Hollywood but still, "I’m really done this time. It’s enough. Three is plenty ..." That's in sharp contrast to the quote he gave January 18, 2011 to TMZ. "I'm not going to do it again... I think twice is enough." See you next year, Gervais. [Deadline Hollywood, Reuters]
You are probably officially tired of hearing about a certain large gathering of celebrities this weekend, and because Smart Set prizes diversity in the types of events it covers, we will turn our attention to an event Saturday night attended by Sean Penn, Demi Moore, Melanie Griffith, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Orlando Bloom, Mel Gibson, James Gandolfini and Hilary Swank. The event was to honor the occasionally rageful Sean Penn who was made an ambassador at large to Haiti, which you will recall, suffered a devastating earthquake two years ago last week. The event raised a much needed $5 million for relief and also gave Penn a raison d'etre on his trips there. According to Page Six, he said "it would be useful to 'change being called hey you (bleep), to hey Mr. Ambassador!'" Because, of course, the Haitians are known for greeting non-Ambassadors with heckling and expletives. Congratulations, Mr. Penn. [Page Six]