Golden Globes: The 15 funniest jokes from its hosts

In 2012 the Golden Globes will be hosted by Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (Paul Drinkwater/NBC/Frederic J Brow/Getty Images) on the Globes Red Carpet in 2014.

An unexpected piece of Golden Globes triviality is that before 2010, the annual ceremony took place.

Then Ricky Gervais steamed into the show, bending the mood of the show temperature and humor to his will.

Since then it has been formed in his picture.

This isn't to suggest that in recent years he's been the funniest host.

He was better than Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg's weirdly charming pairing, but who wouldn't?

Similarly, harmless US talk show stars like Seth Meyers and Jimmy Fallon.

He is not so strong as Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, however, who struck the sweet spot that Gervais often overlooked between bitter acidity.

Blessedly, they will return to host the virtual Globes this year on 28 February.

To mark the show's upcoming return, 15 of Globes hosts' funniest gags and zingers have come from the past 11 ceremonies – from remarks at the detriment of James Cameron to comments on Scientology that probably passed by a team of attorneys before they spoke aloud.

The Malignant Johnny Depp/Angelina Jolie Caper Ricky Gervais (2011)

"For 3D films it was a wonderful year: Toy Story, Despicable Me, Tron.

All seems to have been three-dimensional this year – excluding characters in The Visitor.

I feel bad because I haven't even seen TheTourist...

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"I want to quash this unfounded rumor about the fact that the only reason the Tourist was chosen was that Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie were able to hang up the Hollywood International News.

That's scrap.

That's not just the reason.

They accepted bribes as well."

On popular faiths, Ricky Gervais (2011)

"I love you, Philip Morris, not nominated either.

And Ewan McGregor and Jim Carey.

Two straight actors claiming to be homosexual.

So sort of the reverse of certain well-known scientologists."

Amy Poehler on the ambiguous torment stance of Zero Dark Thirty (2013)

"Tonight, Kathryn Bigelow is nominated.

I haven't been really watching the Zero Dark Thirty debate, but I trust the lady who spent three years marrying James Cameron when it came to torture."

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on various stars (2013)

Fey: "The star of all my sexual nightmares is Quentin Tarantino."

Poehler: "Tonight, Meryl Streep isn't here.

She's got flu – but I hear she's awesome."

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Gravity Tina Fey (2013)

"It's the story of George Clooney floating in and dying, rather than spending another minute with a woman in his own age."

Matthew McConaughey Tina Fey (2014)

"He lost 45 pounds for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, or what players call 'being in the film.'"

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Amy Poehler, a slave for 12 years (2014)

"The 12 Years a Slave is one of the most nominated films this year.

I loved Slave for 12 years, and I can confidently say that I would never look back on slavery after seeing the film."

Leonardo DiCaprio Tina Fey (2014)

"And now, like a vagina supermodel, let's all welcome Leonardo DiCaprio warmly."

George Clooney Tina Fey (2015)

"This year George Clooney married Amal Almuddin.

Amal is a human rights lawyer who has served on Enron's situation, was an advisor of Kofi Annan on Syria and has been chosen for a UN commission of three to investigate war crimes laws in Gaza.

And her husband wins a lifetime award tonight."

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Tina Fey on Joaquin Phoenix's involvement (2015)

"Joaquin Phoenix's nominated for Intrinsic Vice, but he's clearly not there here tonight, since he publicly said – quote – 'Award shows are full and absolute bull' Yeah!

Hello, Joaquin! Hey, Joaquin!

Ricky Gerva was forced to introduce Mel Gibson he ridiculed in 2010. (2016)

"Listen, for all of us, I'm sure it's humiliating.

For this unfortunate scenario, I blame NBC.

Blames Mel... we know who blames Mel.

About that, I do feel a little guilty.

Mel's obviously forgotten about it all, that's what alcohol does.

Before he comes out, I want to say something good about Mel.

So: tonight I would rather drink in his hotel room with him than with Bill Cosby."

The Form of Water Seth Meyers (2018)

"I thought it was a Woody Allen movie, when I first heard about a movie in which a woman is loved by a hideous monster."

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Sandra Oh on the series This Is Us (2019)

"The cast of this is Us, that's why the tissues break out because you'll want to masturbate them all."

Ricky Gervais on Global Representation (2020)

"Many talented colored people in big groups were snubbed.

Unfortunately, we can do nothing about it because of the very, very racist Hollywood International News."