"It is said in times of economic hardship that people flock to the cinema to watch mindless, puerile, escapist nonsense, which is great news because I've got a movie coming out," he started. "But this recession is affecting everyone, even celebrities. Victoria Beckham hasn't eaten for three weeks. Charlie Sheen has been forced to have sex without paying for it -- it's true."
It seemed benign enough, until Cohen cracked on the freshly divorced queen of pop.
"And even Madonna has had to get rid of one of her personal assistants. Our thoughts go out to you, Guy Richie," Cohen concluded, to the sound of groans from below.
"Vicky Cristina Barcelona" went on to win the award for best motion picture, comedy. After that, Winslet took to the stage again to pick up a trophy for her work in "Revolutionary Road," in which she starred alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, her "Titanic" partner. She remained as frazzled as the first time around.
"I'm so sorry. ... Meryl, Kristin," Winslet stammered, calling out the names of her colleagues also nominated for best dramatic actress. "Oh God, who's the other one? Angelina!"
Mickey Rourke won best actor in a drama for his critically acclaimed role in "The Wrestler." At the podium, Rourke waxed poetic about his return to Hollywood and thanked his dogs for sticking by him during the tough times. Backstage, he stayed similarly humble.
"It's a profession where, you know, if you work hard enough and many years go by, you can get a second chance," Rourke said.