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The 2012 Golden Globes have come and gone, and unfortunately, they did little else besides that.

If you asked most people to recount their favorite moments from Sunday's telecast, you'll certainly hear about Seth Rogen's poorly-timed erection or the challenge Madonna extended to Ricky Gervais. (We would have run too.) But aside from one or two memorable surprises, the Golden Globes lived up to their reputation and did little else.

Gervais returned to host the show after his performance at last year's honors stirred the kind of controversy that the historically mild award show desperately need. Predictably, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association wanted Gervais back, but the Ricky we got was far more reserved than what we saw last year.

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Let's not pretend that Rickey Gervais was his old, flame-throwing self on Sunday night at the 2012 Golden Globes. He left his scorching commentary, vicious jokes and devil-may-care hilariousness in 2011, and instead delivered a funny performance that left most feathers unruffled, all egos in tact, and many viewers disappointed.

Yet Gervais on a so-so night still makes for an entertaining experience. He called Colin Firth, arguably the nicest man on Earth, a racist puppy puncher. He compared the Globes to Kim Kardashian: loud, trashy, drunk and easily bought. He questioned Justin Bieber's manhood. Good times, all.

Over at MTV Movies, Ryan J. Downey counted down the host's finest moments of the evening. So check out his full list of Rickey Gervais' best Golden Globes jokes now!

And check out the 2012 Golden Globes winners!

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While there is always a very party-like atmosphere surrounding the 2012 Golden Globes, celebrities sipping champagne and mingling during commercial breaks, the real festivities begin once the awards show ends and the after-parties begin.

MTV News was lucky enough to be invited to cover some of these events this year, the Weinstein and HBO parties in particular. As you might expect, they are very special invites to have. Watching people try to talk their way in is almost as entertaining as watching all the random celebrity interactions and good-natured schmoozing that occurs inside.

Due to its credibility and frequent number of award-nominated programs and performers, HBO's parties are A-list in every way -- from the venue, to the design, to the food, to the long list of high-caliber attendees. As is to be expected, the casts from the HBO shows were out in full force: Ryan Kwanten, Alexander Skarsgard, Joe Manganiello and Janina Gavankar from "True Blood," Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke and Lena Headey from "Game of Thrones," the boys of "Boardwalk Empire," and Globe winner Laura Dern from "Enlightened."

There were plenty more stars to behold in addition to those affiliated with HBO. A few of the fun folks we observed: "Mad Men" stars Jon Hamm and Elizabeth Moss chatting with Skarsgard; Clive Owen introducing himself to Tim Robbins; Nathan Fillion having an animated conversation/storytelling session with "Walking Dead" star Norman Reedus, "Modern Family" stars Eric Stonestreet, Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen, John Stamos and Globe winner Claire Danes; Globe host Ricky Gervais, P. Diddy and a very blonde Lindsay Lohan breezing in at the end with a small entourage in tow. From what we could tell, new friends were made and fun times were had by all.

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The 2012 Golden Globe Awards wasn't quite as controversial or lewd as Ricky Gervais' memorable turn as host at last year's show — indeed, this time around, the British comedian's jokes were missing some of that signature sting — but the results were no less interesting for cinephiles keeping a watchful eye on the road towards Oscar.

As many expected, "The Artist" and "The Descendants" were the big winners of the evening, with Best Motion Picture wins for both films as well as Best Actor awards for Jean Dujardin and George Clooney. But there were surprises in the mix as well, including what's surely a universally approved victory for "Hugo" director Martin Scorsese, a screenplay nod for Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" and a Best Actress - Comedy award for Michelle Williams.

Head on over to MTV News for our full list of this year's Golden Globes winners.

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If you thought Ricky Gervais was inappropriate at the Golden Globes last year, just wait — the British comedian is back for another round of offending the Hollywood elite this year, and we've got a feeling he's looking to up the ante.

The Golden Globes are tonight, and it's not just the Gervais gags that we're tuning in for. We also want to see which movies are honored at one the film industry's biggest nights of the year, of course! Will "The Artist" continue its not-so-silent domination of the awards season circuit? With two nominations to his name, can Ryan Gosling walk away with a Globe this year? We'll find out the answers to those questions and more before the night's over, so tune into our Golden Globes live blog to share in on what will surely be one of the most exciting Hollywood events of 2012!

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