Quite a week!
I got nominated for another Golden Globe for my role as Derek, and I am absolutely over the moon about it.
I have an affection for the Golden Globes.
I guess it all started in America for me because of them. A couple of weeks after the final episode of ‘The Office’ aired in the UK, I was flown to L.A. by the BBC to attend the Golden Globe Awards.
I nearly didn’t go as I thought it was a long way to travel to lose. And I was quite sure that that was exactly what was going to happen.
Arriving on Saturday 24th January, the day before the ceremony, I had to go shopping the morning of the awards for something to wear. It wasn’t Armani, it wasn’t made to measure and it wasn’t even given to me for free. Didn’t they know who I was? No. Hardly any of them did. Anyway, the new outfit did the job, so now I could get this pointless exercise over with. Jane and I got back from the shopping mall and immediately had to get ready. It’s nice putting on a tux with jet lag in 90-degree heat. We left the hotel at about 2 p.m. and I hadn’t had lunch. I got the limo to stop at a garage on the way and I got a family pack of some sort of Cheesy Wotsits. I ate these in time to get out to the red carpet. Jane pointed out that I now had orange hands and lips. I washed in the ice bucket and tried to get some of the gunk off my teeth and gums with a tissue. We wondered if the girls from ‘Desperate Housewives’ in the limo next to us were doing the same thing. Maybe. They did all look a bit orange when they got out, but it was probably a tan rather than monosodium glutamate.
To cut a long story short, the unthinkable happened and ‘The Office’ won the Golden Globe for best sitcom.
I made a rambling impromptu speech and of course forgot the name of the organization that awarded the honour. Little did I know how many times my name would be linked with the Hollywood Foreign Press in the future.
Moments after, I won the Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy, I made another rambling speech and was swept off to do loads of interviews.
I can’t remember any of the the interviews to be honest, but I remember thinking it was one of the most surreal and important nights of my career. It still is.
The next day I shot my first dramatic role in the TV show, ‘Alias.’ I still haven’t seen the episode but I’ve heard it came out okay.
The same week, I started negotiations on a U.S. remake of ‘The Office.’ That came out okay too. And I was called for an audience with the team behind ‘The Simpsons.’
Matt Groening asked if I’d like to appear in the show. I said, “What are the hours?” He said, “The hours are great.” I laughed and said, “I’m joking. Of course I want to be on the show. It’s the greatest show in the world.”
Later, Al Jean asked if I wanted to write the episode too. I said, “Yes.”
A lot happened that week in January 2004. The effects of which are still being felt. I was asked to host the Golden Globes in 2010. I guess it went okay as they asked me to host it two more times. It’s been three years since I last hosted and I’m starting to think I might even like to do it again one day. But for now it will be nice to sit in the audience getting drunk while someone else has to work for the night.
I’ve won three Golden Globes so far but this nomination for ‘Derek’ is probably the one I’m most proud of. I don’t know why. I think it’s that deep down I think that ‘Derek’ is nominated as opposed to me. Maybe I’ll attend as him. Haha. Just hugging everyone on the red carpet. It’s a plan!
Quite a week!
The reception, held to give HFPA members a chance to meet and mix with London-based publicists, agents and talent, is becoming a regular part of the film industry’s London social scene.
Ricky Gervais, who was on his way to film the season finale of his TV show Derek, did the rounds of the club’s Soho Bar, shaking hands and joking with HFPA members. “It’s a great event,” he said. “I hope you invite me next year.”
Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais arrives on the Red Carpet.