Hollywood's enfant terrible import from Britain is back to host the Golden Globes. Who's going to be at his mercy this year? We predict the 'roastees'
1. Amy Schumer
Amy Schumer seems as though she's been flung out of nowhere to become the face of comedy. From her movie Trainwreck and the Pirelli calendar to the Star Wars-themed GQ shoot — where she shared a bed with C-3PO and R2-D2 — there's lots of material for Gervais to choose from.
2. Mel Gibson
Ah, Mel Gibson. Back in the spotlight after a hiatus to present an award (we think it'll be Mad Max-related), Gibson's been the butt of Gervais' jokes before. We last saw the duo on stage at the 2010 Golden Globes, where the host made a reference to the actor's affinity for liquid courage: "I like a drink as much as the next man, unless the next man is Mel Gibson!"
3. The LGBT community
2015 was a big year for the LGBT community, with representations in pop culture including critically-acclaimed films Carol andThe Danish Girl; and television series Orange Is The New Black and Transparent. Then there's Caitlyn Jenner — we'll be disappointed if there wasn't a mention of her.
4. The Kardashians
Where do we even begin? Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian's split, the Kardashian-West's new baby Saint, Kylie Jenner's enhanced lips — the family's engineered to entertain, and we reckon Gervais would have a go at at least one of them. We're thinking Saint West.
5. Justin Bieber
Hands up if you're a 'Belieber'. The past year has seen many converts to the church of the Biebs, who pretty much saw his coming-of-age in his latest release, Purpose. The singer notably gained new fans who applauded his courage (and clever publicity stunt) when he spent his 21st birthday getting roasted on Comedy Central — with a monkey on his shoulders. Gervais, over to you.
7. Johnny Depp
We can't decide if the duo love or hate each other. On stage, there's an electrifying chemistry about them — like two prospective lovers who aren't quite sure how to deal with each other's pheromones. The Black Mass actor has been in Gervais' bad books on stage before, but he's also starred in the comic's mockumentary, Life's Too Short — you can catch it on Netflix.
8. Leonardo DiCaprio
Will he or won't he? The Revenant lead is up for the Best Actor: Motion Picture category; and if the higher powers up there are listening, it's time you let him win something already. Or else, we'll forever be subjected to the most hilarious of memes or The Smiths' Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want playing in the background whenever the camera pans on his face in award shows.
9. Matt Damon
We all agree that Hollywood needs to stop saving Matt Damon. Gervais probably does too, and we're hoping he'll mention The Martian star, who, once again, has found himself in a role where the rest of the movie's duration is spent trying to save him.
10. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Once in a while, Gervais goes where no Hollywood comedian dares to tread: On race. Beneath the mania that surrounded the release of the highly-anticipated film last December, there was an underlining racial debate that simmered alongside it — and if someone was to take a shot at that, it's Gervais. May the force be with him.
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