‘LIGHTEN UP’: Gleeson's shock Gold Logie win
The 2019 Logie Awards are finally over, with comedians Tom Gleeson, Peter Helliar and Julia Morris providing some of the night's biggest laughs.
And Karl Stefanovic was the butt of many a joke throughout the night - even the Hall of Fame segment included a surprising jab about his divorce.
Here are the ceremony highlights:
And the Gold Logie goes to...
Tom Gleeson. The comedian brought a glass of red wine up on stage with him to collect his award. "I am in a tricky spot. Because I like it and I hate it at the same time."
Drinking his wine, Gleeson referenced his controversial, caustic Logies campaign and the fact it had annoyed some of his fellow nominees:
"Just because all of you want it and I've got it, don't get angry with me. It's alright, you'll all survive. It's a shame this is the last Gold Logie that's ever going to be handed out - according to Grant Denyer, I've ruined the Logies. But at least I won this all by myself," he said.
"There's been a lot of concern that I'm turning this award into a joke. This award has done a lot of great things for a lot of different people. In the past it has represented trying to get more diversity on the screen or launching charities and that's fantastic. But for me it represents a joke, but I love jokes. I really enjoy them. I really think we should all lighten the f**k up.
"The aim of my campaign was just to have fun with the whole thing. Because it all doesn't really matter. It really doesn't matter. We can have fun and just be entertaining. People get concerned about people campaigning for the award. Is that legitimate? Maybe. Maybe not. I don't know. But it is social media. It is just media. I'm just trying to be entertaining through the media. Do you know what would have been weirder? If I campaigned for this award sincerely. That would have been worse. Imagine me just sincerely saying I was humbled by the award. I wouldn't be able to live with myself. It would make me want to vomit.
"I'm taking it as a win for comedy because comedy to me is really important."
Gleeson finished with a call to arms: "I just would like to point people towards a charity called Ticketmaster.com.au. If you go there you can buy tickets to my show at the Opera House. I would really like to see you there."
His win is already proving controversial among viewers:
That’s it. The Logies have lost ALL credibility. I will never trust a poll in a magazine ever again.— theon lovejoy (@morkandmandy) June 30, 2019
LOGIES IN CRISIS. LOGIES MURDERED. DAGGER THROUGH THE HEART. GRANT DENYER IN COMA. #Logies— Morgan Campbell (@M_Campbell23) June 30, 2019
There was a brief cutaway to Gold Logie favourite Amanda Keller as Gleeson continued his gloating on stage - and her expression said it all:
Tom's savage opening monologue
Controversial comedian and Gold Logie nominee Tom Gleeson delivered the night's opening monologue - and he didn't hold back. Here are his best jokes - many of them about Karl Stefanovic:
"I think the reason they asked me to do the opening is because Channel 9 has run out of stars. They don't have any left. They have new rule on breakfast TV: if you are too entertaining, they fire you. Am I right, Karl? If you're too entertaining, they fire you. What I'm saying is Kochie, your job is safe."
Channel 9 were happy to cash in on [MAFS'] ratings by showing off your tacky weddings - and fired Karl Stefanovic for having one. Karl, we need you back. When will they take you off the bench? Karl, the Today show needs you. I was on the Today show the other day to promote the Logies. Ratings are so low I felt like I was keeping a secret."
"Israel Folau sent me a message. He wants me to let you know you're all going to hell.
Doesn't worry me though. I know what hell is: Having to watch a Wallabies game."
"The Jetstar nominees [for the Gold Logie]. Eve Morey, Sam Mac and bloody Costa. I saw him out the front telling a Big Issue."
It's been a weird year for TV hasn't it. Cricket was on Seven. Tennis on Nine. The Footy Show was on-air."
"The Logies is like a house party: The ABC, we're like the old neighbours complaining about the noise. Channel Seven is like the sensible family that never gets invited to parties. Channel 10 is the younger people that make a lot of noise even though no-one is listening. Channel 9 is like the divorced dad that hosts the party and spends the whole night trying to root SBS."
Helliar's Gold Logie roast
Dressed as a giant Gold Logie, and with Gold favourite Amanda Keller by his side, Peter Helliar roasted some of the nominees in the night's biggest category:
Costa Georgiadis: "How does Jim's Mowing get nominated for a Gold Logie? Is it Logies or hire a hubbie?"
Tom Gleeson: "That's what the world needs right now. Another red-headed white man running a hate campaign. What's the point of the ABC winning a Gold Logie anyway? It's going to end up with the Australian Federal Police after the next bunch of raids anyway."
Waleed Aly: "Waleed's brother is an actual doctor. No matter how many Gold Logies you'll win mate you'll still be a massive disappointment for your family."
Rodger Corser: "Who spells Rodger with a D? I don't spell Pete with a K. The D is as pointless as Israel Folau telling atheists they're going to hell. Israel, they're atheists, they don't give a damn about hell!"
Sam Mac: "A weather man has been nominated for the Gold Logie. In the Australian television ecosystem, brekky weather presenters are somewhere between infomercial ambassador and Tattslotto government supervisors. How does he enjoy doing that job? He's clearly on drugs. Could you imagine waking up at some ungodly hour to get to some preschool in Canberra to go Bollywood dance with kids with ADD. Then give viewers information they already have on their bloody phones!"
Kerry's surprise Karl jab
This year's Hall of Fame award went to TV veteran and former 7:30 Report host Kerry O'Brien. "Can I just saw how pleased I am not to be receiving this award posthumously," O'Brien quipped after Waleed Aly presented him with the award.
Another joke from Kerry seemed to come out of left-field, as he appeared to reference Karl Stefanovic's high-profile divorce to Cassandra Thorburn while thanking his own wife:
"Sue James, my wife and best friend for 40 years, warned me tonight not to say how much she had helped me in my career, as Karl Stefanovic had said here at the Logies a few years ago, because it [had] probably cost him a couple of million. Sorry, darling, you are going to have to lower your sights."
THE KARL JAB. OH MY LORD. Kerry. You are a national treasure. #TVWeekLogies— Simone Louise (@SimoneLouise_XX) June 30, 2019
Kerry O’Brien is everything. And then the Karl sting 😂😂. Just everything. #TVWeekLogies— Angela Kitzelman (@Angelamkz) June 30, 2019
The cameras briefly cut to Stefanovic, who looked a bit deflated - surely the poor bloke had assumed he'd be safe from jokes at his expense during the Hall of Fame speech.
Julia's killer one-liner
In recent years Julia Morris has hammed it up on the Logies stage with elaborate slapstick and song-and-dance numbers - this year she kept it simple with a brilliant, brief gag.
She presented alongside Gold Logie nominee Costa Georgiadis, walking on stage with a big, bushy beard to match his.
The pair paused before speaking to let the visual gag marinate. And then, a winning line from Julia: "Costa, tell me, did yours start with the menopause as well?"
Most Popular winners
Masterchef Australia took home the night's first award, for Most Popular Reality Series, while Mystery Road won Most Popular Drama.
The Most Popular Actress award went to Deborah Mailman, who was not present at the ceremony.
Gogglebox Australia won Most Popular Entertainment program - again, the Gogglebox cast weren't present, as they were all watching at home in true Gogglebox style.
The Project won Most Popular Panel or Current Affairs program.
"I still remember our first episode - it was terrible," said Carrie Bickmore, accepting the award. "Hughesy remarked at the end of it that was his career done. I remember thinking, s**t, if that what is Hughesy saying I have no hope. For us still to be here 10 years later, is so amazing."
Have You Been Paying Attention? took home the Most Popular Comedy gong, and Most Popular Presenter went to Costa Georgiadis, his first-ever Logie.
In the press room after his win, he revealed "who he's wearing" tonight - Armani, Versace? Nope - he bought his suit at the Lifeline op-shop in Southport, QLD, about a 10-minute drive north of tonight's Logies venue.
Dylan's inspiring speech
Dylan Alcott won Most Popular New Talent, the 28-year-old athlete and ABC personality choking up as he gave an impassioned speech about the importance of representation: "This award means a lot to me, because I used to absolutely hate having a disability. I've been in a wheelchair my whole life. I hated it. One of the reasons I hated it was because when I turned on the TV I never saw anybody like me. When I did someone like me, it was a road safety ad where someone drink drives has a car accident and the next scene is someone like me whose 'life is over'. I was like, that's not my life. I wanted to get a job on TV because I love sharing stories, but also to show that people with disabilities can be talented, funny, humorous; just normal people enjoying their lives."
"There are 4.5 million people like me with a disability. Whether it's in education, employment, going on a date, whatever it is, please give them an opportunity too. Because there are a lot of bloody talented people out there. I promise you they won't disappoint," he said.
Star's message to trolls
SBS football presenter Lucy Zelic, who had previously copped a torrent of social media abuse over her on-air pronunciation of foreign words and names, referenced the backlash while accepting the award for Outstanding Sports Coverage.
"Thank you everybody. For some small sections of Australian public, they're grateful there's no difficult way to pronounce thank you. I am thankful. I'm incredibly thankful - I could pronounce it in five languages I'll keep it to one," she said.