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Television: Best way to watch Golden Globes is on DVR

In writing about the Golden Globe Awards a couple of weeks back, I mentioned that I missed the camera commentary I remember from earlier broadcasts.

Shots, for instance, would show famous attendees, at their various tables, yawning or toasting raucously as the ceremony was proceeding on stage.

This year, my deep-seated love of nostalgia was gratified when NBC cameras surveyed the audience while host Ricky Gervais was making intentionally, raucous, irreverent, and sometimes obnoxious statements as part of his opening monologue.

I had to prevent myself from doing a good old Danny Thomas spit take, you know when you take a sip of tea and have to spit it back in the cup in reaction to something someone says, during some of the crowd shots.

The sour, disbelieving, disapproving expressions on Tom Hanks’s face were as priceless as anything Gervais had to say. Especially when they were compared with the glee with which the often picked-on Martin Scorsese greeted Gervais’s disparaging salvos.

My review of Gervais is mixed. I enjoy people who go too far, so I loved both how honest and bad Gervais could be. At times, I thought his bite was misplaced and, at other times, I thought he went too far, to the point of forcing a laugh or being naughtier than expected.

One thing he said should be repeated, or printed, at every award ceremony from now until actors are content to be glamorous celebrities rather than political commentators. That’s the admonition that they, actors, are expert in nothing, that in fact they know nothing, and should not make declarations about issues they at best dabble in and, at worst, make their mouthpieces for activists no one would listen to on their own.

I found the perfect antidote to political speeches at award shows.

Actually, my cousin found it. To accommodate everyone’s schedule and

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