With all due respect to the incomparable Ricky Gervais, who was a phenomenal choice as host for the 2011 Golden Globes… it’s time for Robert Downey Jr. to take his turn. Through a night of excruciatingly boring or canned presentations, Downey’s was the only one that didn’t feel like a “bit” as he presented the award for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical film.
He graciously offered his advice for women trying to succeed in Hollywood: “I don’t know if an actress can do her best work until I’ve slept with her.” He called out all of the nominated actresses, scolding them for their, uh, indiscretions… even the youngest of the bunch.
“I’m not trying to creep anyone out,” he said, “But where’s Emma [Stone]?”
He stared pointedly at her. To her credit, Stone met his gaze, unfaltering.
When the jig was up and he finally admitted that he hadn’t actually hooked up with any of the nominees – Annette Bening, Anne Hathaway, Angelina Jolie, Stone, and Julianne Moore, for the record – he did note that he’d be happy to, any time.
“I’m just saying, if I could, I’d give it to all five of you. At once. Right here. Center stage. In front of my wife, the audience, and millions of viewers.”
Seriously, Downey. Clear your schedule and host next year. You’re the only sober guy in the room; you deserve to hog the spotlight.