Reporter's Notebook

Live-Blogging the 2016 Golden Globes
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A collection of notes on Sunday’s awards ceremony.

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'Not Eva Mendes': The Best Joke of the Golden Globes

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In December, when the 2016 Golden Globes nominees were announced, the awards’ official Twitter account made an extremely unfortunate mistake. “.@HereIsGina is kicking off the @goldenglobes nominations announcements,” the account tweeted, chirpily, sharing a photo of Globes presenters Chloe Grace Moretz, Angela Bassett, Dennis Quaid … and America Ferrera. The America Ferrera who starred in Ugly Betty, who currently stars in Superstore, and who is very much not @HereIsGina’s Gina Rodriguez.

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After a DUI, domestic-abuse scandal, and a few well-publicized expressions of anti-semitism and racism and sexism, can a movie star rehabilitate his career? That’s been the common question around Mel Gibson for at least a half-decade. In 2010, Ricky Gervais blasted him on stage at the Golden Globes, setting up tonight’s testy exchange between the two men. The moment was bound to be weird, but whether it was supposed to be this weird isn’t clear. It seemed genuinely acrimonious to me on first viewing, but maybe the entire episode was choreographed in hopes of giving Gibson his final punishment.

“A few years ago on this show I made a joke about Mel Gibson getting a bit drunk and saying a few unsavory things,” Gervais began. “We’ve all done it. I wasn’t judging him, but now I find myself in the awkward position of having to introduce him again. Listen I’m sure it’s embarrassing for both of us, and I blame NBC for this terrible situation. And Mel blames... Well, we know who Mel blames.”