Jim Carrey had a tough time in 2015 after the death of his one-time girlfriend Cathriona White, but he kicked off the new year with a bang at the Golden Globes on Sunday night (Jan. 10). In his first appearance since the tragedy, presenting the award for Best Musical or Comedy, the funnyman had the audience in a fit of laughter.
The actor was introduced as " two-time Golden Globe winner Jim Carrey" – and, clearly amused by the title, decided to run with it during his address.
"Thank you, I am two-time Golden Globe winner Jim Carrey," he smiled as he addressed the star-studded room. "You know, when I go to sleep at night, I'm not just a guy going to sleep – I'm two-time Golden Globe winner Jim Carrey going to get some well-needed shut-eye.
"When I dream, I don't just dream any old dream," he continued to laughter from the crowd. "I dream about being three-time Golden Globe actor Jim Carrey because then I would be enough. It would finally be true and I could stop this terrible search, for what I know ultimately won't fulfil me.
"But these are important, these awards – I don't want you to think that just because if you blew up our solar system alone you wouldn't be able to find us or any of you in human history with the naked eye. But from our perspective, this is huge."
Jim has been nominated for six Globes in total – and is among the few who have won the Best Actor in both the drama and comedy categories; in 1998 for The Truman Show and in 1999 for Man on the Moon.
The star chose not to walk the red carpet at Sunday's event, which marked his first official public appearance since the suicide of Cathriona in September. Jim helped to assist the 30-year-old heartbroken family with the funeral arrangements, and also served as a pallbearer at the service in Cathriona’s native Ireland in October.
Jim and Cathriona dated on-and-off for three years between 2012 and 2015, and the actor was devastated by her death.
In a statement released shortly after the news broke, he said, "She was a truly kind and delicate Irish flower, too sensitive for this soil, to whom loving and being loved was all that sparkled. My heart goes out to her family and friends and everyone that loved and cared for her. We have all been hit with a lightning bolt."