Friends and comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the Golden Globes again next year and in 2015, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced today.
The pair hosted this year’s ceremonies, and their performance was widely seen as a success:
They were bathed in critical love for their performance this year, with Associated Press critic Frazier Moore calling them “the night’s biggest winners.” They got laughs without being polarizing, as was the case with predecessor Ricky Gervais. Poehler even poked fun during the show at the Hollywood debate over whether Gervais was too hard-edged in mocking Hollywood stars.
“We want to assure you that we have no intention of being edgy or offensive tonight,” said Poehler, star of the NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation.” “Because, as Ricky learned the hard way, when you run afoul of the Hollywood Foreign Press, they make you host this show two more times!” . . .
More important than critical support, Fey and Poehler were good for business. The Golden Globes had their best ratings in six years for the most recent presentation, and were up 17 percent over the 2012 show.
After this year’s show, Post television critic Hank Stuever also praised Fey and Poehler’s work:
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler should be allowed to do whatever they want: star in funny TV shows (despite meh ratings), make movies, write books, act as spokeswomen for the modern-day feminist movement. Heck, they could even run for office. They are, right now, America’s best gal pals, the two women we’d rather watch awards shows with (in sweat pants) than watch them endure the indignity of having to host the Golden Globes. . . .
Amid all the Golden Globes’s noisy chatter, bungled cues and awkward technical glitches (real-life “Argo” agent Tony Mendez couldn’t be heard during his moment onstage) that have come to define this opening rite of the awards season, Fey and Poehler administered the requisite stage slaps at Hollywood with fairly tame jokes that came at completely affordable expense to James Cameron and James Franco, as well as Meryl Streep, who, Poehler said, “is not here tonight. She has the flu — I hear she’s amaaaaayzing in it.” . . .
Making this event look glamorous is one of Hollywood’s most stunning achievements in special effects. And every year it seems to get a little better by just getting sloppier. It’s the awards show our culture most deserves.