Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were mellower than usual in their third (and final) round hosting the the silliest and drunkest award show of the season. The duo are the Ghostface and Raekwon of Golden Globe hosts, but last night they gave most of the laughs to that old dirty bastard Margaret Cho. Introduced as the “newest member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association,” Cho played a Korean dictator and stole the show, whether she was barking orders to the celebs (“make Bridesmaids 2!”) or the crowd: “Show over. Go home.”
The Golden Globes are usually a freewheeling celeb-sprawl, a hotel room full of stars that degenerates into chaos, fueled by free booze and malnutrition and despair. Remember last year, when we got Jacqueline Bisset’s woozy epic of a speech? And Poehler making out with Bono? And Diane Keaton singing Girl Scout songs? Nothing like that last night. Even Tina and Amy dialed it down a notch. Their nervously awaited Cosby joke turned out to be a harmless imitation of his voice. But their monologue was still far and away the highlight of the night, especially their game of “Who would you rather?” Amy picked Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu (“two hours, one take, no stopping”) while Tina opted for Boyhood‘s Richard Linklater (“five minutes, once a year, for 12 years”).
Jacqueline Bisset must have been behind the cameras last night, because they kept sliding off to the side and going for wacky angles. During the speeches, they got up close with an extremely annoying ear-cam that told us way, way more about the inside of Maggie Gyllenhaal’s auditory canal than anybody besides Peter Sarsgaard needs to know. Why?
The Golden Globes gave a lifetime achievement award to George Clooney. We were repeatedly reminded all night that George has found himself a very special someone, a famous lawyer who is new to show biz and maybe not all that used to not being the center of attention, just guessing from her fidgety red-carpet manners and grumpy hair-pushing. Speaking of not being used to not being the center of attention, Oprah should never be forced to sit at a round table again. It was tough on her. The lady did not at all appreciate being introduced by Tina and Amy by one name (“Winfrey!”), but at least she got her uninterrupted moment at the podium.