Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted the 70th Annual Golden Globes Sunday night. The famously funny duo took the reigns from Ricky Gervais, who hosted the past three shows. Fey and Poehler kicked off the Golden Globes with an opening monologue with, as Monica Hesse reported, “loveable zingers for nearly all the big names in the audience:

To “Girls” star Lena Dunham:  ‘If they are forcing you to do that nudity, you have to tell us. Just give us some kind of signal.’

To “Zero Dark Thirty” director Kathryn Bigelow: ‘When it comes to torture, we trust the woman who was married for three years to James Cameron.’

To Anne Hathaway, about her “Les Miserables” performance: ‘I have not seen someone alone and abandoned like that since you were on the stage with James Franco [at the Oscars].’

On Quentin Tarantino: ‘The star of all my sexual nightmares.’

(They also managed to force Daniel Day-Lewis to do the ET finger.)

Fey (in a blue sequined halter neck) and Poehler (in a deep red), seemed to fare better than British Ricky Gervais, who commandeered the past three years of the Golden Globes. Gervais veered between dodgy and boring — alternately dissing the stars he was supposed to fete, and toning his performance down to a somnolent beige. 

As Poehler and Fey quipped tonight: ‘When you run afoul of the Hollywood Foreign Press, they make you do this show two more times.’”

An hour into the show, Bill Clinton surprised the crowd by introducing “Lincoln,” which was nominated for Best Picture. Afterward, Amy Poehler summed up the experience: “Wow! That was Hilary Clinton’s husband…Bill Rodham Clinton.”

The funny people on stage tried to liven things up with drinks in hand, but again it was Fey and Poehler who got Glenn Close to play drunk and Hank Stuever to laugh: “Later on, Sacha Baron Cohen stumbled onstage, drink in hand, faux-blotto, in an attempt to do an impression of what everyone keeps hoping the Golden Globes will be: drunk and unhinged. The consistently irritating Aziz Ansari (“Parks and Recreation”) tried that shtick, too, with similarly unimpressive results, except that one really can believe he was blitzed out of his mind. After all that, Fey and Poehler did better drinky-winky bitter banter as the show headed into that inevitable downhill tumble in its final hour.”

More awards were given and Jodie Foster won the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award (read excerpts from her acceptance speech). The moving speech prompted Amy Poehler to close the show with one last zinger: “We’re going home with Jodie Foster.”