Kate Winslet leads early Golden Globes winners as Ricky Gervais shocks

Kate Winslet led the early winners at the Golden Globes on Sunday as an unapologetic Ricky Gervais kicked off the glitzy ceremony by taking shots at some of Hollywood's biggest names.

By: Reuters | Beverly Hills | Updated: January 11, 2016 7:40 am
73rd Golden Globes Awards, Golden Globes 2016, Golden Globes Awards 2016, Rick Gervais, Kate Winslet, Sean Penn The 73rd annual Golden Globes Awards kicked off with a predictably astringent opening monologue from Ricky Gervais, who happily played the part of beer-sipping villain to the starry crowd that he labeled “pill-popping sexual deviant scum.” (Source: Reuters/AP)

Kate Winslet led the early winners at the Golden Globes on Sunday as an unapologetic Ricky Gervais kicked off the glitzy ceremony by taking shots at some of Hollywood’s biggest names.

Winslet was visible shocked as she won best supporting actress for her role as Joanna Hoffman in biopic “Steve Jobs,” saying she was “extremely surprised and overwhelmed.”

“What an incredible year for women in film, these categories are so crowded and crammed with incredible skill and integrity and I feel prouder than ever to be included this year,” the British actress said. (Read: The List of winners of Golden Globe Awards 2016)

Gervais, returning to host for the fourth time, riled up the audience with his opening monologue, calling the audience “disgusting, pill-popping, sexual deviant scum.”

He directed his acerbic tongue towards Sean Penn, Jeffrey Tambor, Matt Damon, Jennifer Lawrence and Caitlyn Jenner.

He praised Jenner for being a transgender role model before quickly quipping “She didn’t do a lot for women drivers. But you can’t have everything, can you?” referring to Jenner’s Malibu car crash last year. (Pics: Golden Globes 2016: Jennifer Lawrence, JLo, Cate Blanchett rock the red carpet)

He took a swipe at Lawrence’s essay on why women aren’t being equally paid as men in Hollywood, saying “How the hell can a 25-year-old live on $52 million?”

Gervais also joked that he was earning what Tina Fey and Amy Poehler combined earned when they hosted the Globes last year. “It’s not my fault if they want to share the money,” he said. (Read: Low necklines, backless gowns rule the Golden Globes 2016 red carpet)

Amazon’s musical show “Mozart in the Jungle” was the surprise winner of best TV comedy series and “My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” newcomer Rachel Bloom took home the award for best comedy TV actress over favorite Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Maura Tierney won best supporting TV actress for her role in Showtime’s “The Affair.”

Organized and voted for by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Globes serve up free-flowing champagne, allowing stars to let their hair down and relax.

The top awards for film will be announced at the end of the three-hour show.

A win by Leonardo DiCaprio for his rugged turn in pioneer tale “The Revenant” could foreshadow a long-sought best actor Oscar. The night could also mint emerging talent like actresses Brie Larson and twice-nominated Alicia Vikander.