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Carrey made self-deprecating jokes before handing out the award for best motion picture, comedy

By Jodi Guglielmi
Updated January 10, 2016 11:10 PM
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Jim Carrey made his first public appearance at Sunday’s Golden Globes since the death of his girlfriend, Cathrionia White, last September.

Sporting a tuxedo and a bushy beard flecked with grey, Carrey poked fun at himself as he presented the award for best motion picture, comedy or musical, toward the end of the show.

Riffing off his introduction as “two-time Golden Globe winner Jim Carrey,” the star joked that “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.”

“And when I dream I don’t just dream any old dream. No sir,” he continued as the crowd roared in approval. “I dream about being three-time Golden Globe-winning 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 fulfill me.”

White was found dead in her Los Angeles home in September of an apparent suicide. Several letters were found on the scene – including one with Carrey’s name on it – along with several prescription pill bottles located near her body.

Carrey, who first began dating the 30-year-old Irish-born makeup artist in 2012, flew to Ireland following her death to attend her funeral.

At the time of her death, Carrey issued an emotional note saying he was “deeply saddened by the passing of my sweet Cathriona.”

“She was a truly kind and delicate Irish flower, too sensitive for this soil, to whom loving and being loved was all that sparkled,” Carrey said in a statement. “My heart goes out to her family and friends and to everyone who loved and cared about her.”