Last night, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler returned to host the Golden Globes for the fourth time. And with Fey in New York and Poehler in California, they were quick to embrace the awkwardness of the situation.
In their opening monologue, they had some fun with not being in the same room, talked about the audience being made up of “smoking hot first responders”, how to tell the differences between movies and TV, and they broke down all of this year’s nominees. They also managed to acknowledge recent controversy that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association hasn’t had a black member in 20 years. Fey quipped at one point “The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is made up of around 90 international, no-Black journalists who attend movie junkets each year in search for a better life”.
Despite Poehler and Fey’s roasting of the event as a whole, it was still noticeably tamer than the monologue brought to us by last year’s host, Ricky Gervais. Gervais, as you may remember, received a lot of flack for his monologue that didn’t pull any punches about the industry. But nevertheless, it was sort of fun to see Fey and Poehler (virtually) together again for the event.