It’s too bad they disappeared for most of the show, because hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were by far the best part of watching The Golden Globes. Some of their lines were as jaw-dropping as anything Ricky Gervais said, but were delivered with such warmth that they didn’t seem to sting. “I haven’t really been following the controversy over Zero Dark Thirty,” Poehler said, “but when it comes to torture, I trust the lady who spent three years married to James Cameron.” The “special material” writers included SNL’s Seth Meyers and 30 Rock’s Robert Carlock, which explains a lot.
You can argue over the awards: yay for Lena Dunham and Girls as television’s Best Comedy Series; hiss for Les Miserables as Best Picture, Comedy or Musical. And good for Ben Affleck’s award for directing and Argo as Best Drama. I don’t think he was the very best director, but both he and Kathryn Bigelow deserved Oscar nominations, so it was a pretty good in-your-face-Oscar moment.
Never mind any of that, though, because who takes the Golden Globes seriously except as a way of indicating Oscar momentum? Fey and Poehler came through where it counted most, with an opener that was funny, edgy, and not long enough. Here it is: