When Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh were announced as co-hosts of the 2019 Golden Globe Awards, the entertainment-watching world was pretty giddy. It's just not just that these are two talented and refreshing TV stars who can bring something new to the podium; it's also just a dang delight to see a pair brought in to tackle the stage instead of a solo star. With any luck, the actors can help revive some of the lively spirit of what the last terrific twosome threw down. As if anyone could forget, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler teamed up for what was easily the best three year stretch the show ever had, so to celebrate, here's a look at everything they did right.
Poehler helped open the 2013 Golden Globe Awards on a spicy note, saying, "That's what makes tonight so special. Only at the Golden Globes do the beautiful people of film rub shoulders with the rat-faced people of television."
While Tina Fey had some trouble reviving her Saturday Night Live glory days impression of Sarah Palin, Poehler had no trouble blaring out a few ear-splitting notes on cue to keep things lively. Making fun of themselves like this was always a good path to a roaring audience laugh.
Nevermind that she'd had a perfect hairdo and makeup in place beforehand, Fey ditched it all for a hilarious short stint as Damien Francisco from Dog President to break up the monotony of all the real prize-doling, and it was full of yes.
Where other hosts who were also nominated might be tempted to keep it coy when it came to hearing their own names read out among the nominees list, Fey and Poehler decided to do what they do best and had a bloody blast with it. Fey cozied up to Jennifer Lopez, while Poehler decided to sit in George Clooney's lap because, well, why the heck not?
To finish out one hilarious job well done, Fey and Poehler helped themselves to an adult beverage (or seven) and lamenting losing the Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy TV Series to Lena Dunham, with Poehler slurring, "Everybody's getting a little loose now that we're all losers!" The best part came when Fey directed the cameras to Glenn Close to witness how "drunk" she was, and the esteemed actress played right along with an ultra-GIFable little wiggle.
Upon coming back as co-hosts for the 2014 Golden Globe Awards, the ladies were not afraid to take a dig at their own expense, with Fey jabbing, "We are so happy to be back. We are hosting the Golden Globes for the second time. Because this is Hollywood, and if something kinda works they'll just keep doing it until everybody hates it."
The unconquerable Julia Louis-Dreyfus played along with their monologue, after they noted that she was a dual nominee for both her TV work in Veep and her film work in Enough Said, and when the camera panned to her, she was wayyyy too cool for the television side of the night all of a sudden with her oversized shades and vape pen business. It was almost as good as the joke they'd throw down next about how George Clooney's role in Gravity was really about how "he'd rather float off into space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age." Ba-ZING.
Like Fey before her, Poehler suited up as another fictional fella at their second show -- this time, coming in as Fey's faux son Randy, whom she chose to be Mr. Golden Globes as an effort to gender neutralize the annual Miss Golden Globes honor, but who wants absolutely nothing to do with this mess. The inclusion of Harvey Weinstein as the potential candidate for the kid's father is, erm, an interesting element in retrospect.
When they found their friend slumming with the TV crew again, Poehler ribbed, "Wow, wow, you're a real phony, Louis-Dreyfus."
He must've had the magic touch because she won for her role in Parks and Recreation! And never one to let the joke die, she then planted a sloppy smooch all over his face.
Thanking her kids aka her "double-A batteries" was a super sweet touch, and it was cute to see her have to abandon all the snark of the evening to embrace her own moment of victory. Hosts might not always win, but when they do, they should enjoy the moment with gusto like so.
At the 2013 show, the co-hosts had taken a stab at Taylor Swift's dating history by telling her to stay away from Michael J. Fox's son, and the singer-songwriter was not amused. She later told Vanity Fair that there was "a special place in hell for women who don't help other women." The drama of that overreaction was not lost on the dynamic duo during their 2014 post because to congratulate Poehler, Fey reminded her, "there's a special place in hell for you." It was darn near to the buzziest line of the night, until they introduced the next presenter by saying, "now, like a supermodel's vagina, let's all give a warm welcome to Leonardo DiCaprio."
Capping off a second night of success, Fey said, "Thank you everyone, this was the beautiful mess we hoped it would be." And Poehler added, "And I got to make out with Bono." Famous last words.
For those that have forgotten the Sony hack and North Korea's threats about the release of The Interview, Fey and Poehler made sure to cement that story into Golden Globes history by opening with the joke, "Tonight we celebrate all the great television shows that we know and love as well as all the movies that North Korea was okay with." That later culminated in Margaret Cho coming in as a North Korean entertainment journalist who loves only Kim Jong-Un ... and Meryl Streep because, honestly, who doesn't.
Hey, they don't make the rules. (YEAH they do, and even Meryl Streep has to abide.)
Always one to know her audience, Poehler realized she might need to explain the concept of cake, saying, "We should explain to all the people in the room -- the Hollywood people -- cake is like a fluffy dessert that people eat on their birthdays." That's when Fey doubled down on the joke and added, "Oh, and birthdays are a thing people celebrate when they admit that they've aged." Delicious.
Only Fey and Poehler could get away with re-dubbing her "Winfrey." Only them.
This time, Fey dug in extra deep while lampooning her favorite subject, saying, "Amal is a human rights lawyer who worked on the Enron case, was an advisor to Kofi Annan regarding Syria and was selected for a three-person UN commission investigating rules of war violations in the Gaza Strip. So, tonight, her husband is getting a lifetime achievement award."
In 2013, they decided to sort of match with their monochromatic garbs.
Both ladies were more than happy to let the other shine right alongside them.
Put simply, they were there to have fun together, and it was a blast to watch from start to finish every single time.