Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

It's Better Than Sex!

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

It's Better Than Sex!

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Byline: By Sherna Noah

The Office's Ricky Gervais said winning two Golden Globe awards yesterday was the highlight of his career.

The spoof documentary about a Slough paper company triumphed over big hitters such as Sex And The City, and Will And Grace to become the first British sitcom to win the best comedy TV series.

The Office's co-creator, Gervais, 42, also made history as the first British actor to win a TV comedy acting gong at the Globes, for the part of smug manager David Brent.

Following the star-studded ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, Gervais, who beat Friends heart-throb Matt LeBlanc to the acting prize, said: "It hasn't really sunk in yet."

Asked how his life would change, Gervais said: "I'm going to probably be a little bit more arrogant and lazy, possibly send people out for pizzas that I probably wouldn't have before. And just do voice-over work."

The comedy, which is being remade with American stars, is aired on BBC America rather than one of the major networks.

The Office had already claimed four Baftas and a Silver Rose at last year's Montreux TV Festival, Europe's top television awards.

The programme is licensed to more than 100 countries and territories around the world.

Comedy writer Gill Smith said: "In American comedy, the hero tends to come out on top but in The Office things get worse and worse for David Brent so it is a surprise that The Office has been so popular in America."

Dame Helen Mirren missed out on an award for Calendar Girls - the award for best actress in a motion picture went to Diane Keaton, who appeared in Something's Gotta Give.

The night was a disappointment for British director Anthony Minghella's Cold Mountain, about a American Civil War deserter's journey to find his sweetheart, which had been nominated for eight awards.

It lost out to The Lord Of the Rings: The Return Of the King in the best drama picture category.

Cold Mountain star Jude Law lost out to Mystic River's Sean Penn in the best actor category.

Penn also beat Russell Crowe in Master and Commander, Tom Cruise in The Last Samurai and Ben Kingsley in House Of Sand and Fog. …

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