Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s 11 Best Golden Globe Moments

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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were back for the first eagerly awaited event of the 2014 awards season, also known as their return engagement as hosts of the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards Sunday night on NBC.

With everything people can disagree on when it comes to Hollywood, when it comes to Tina and Amy, it seems that we have a collective winner.

We just expect them to be great and love watching them. We call them our crushes or pretend best friends, squee about them on Twitter and Facebook, and have all kinds of fun watching to see what they’ll say and do next. Overall public commentary about them is remarkably free from snark and criticism. People just seem to like them, and Tina and Amy tend to deliver material and a viewing experience that makes them even more likable. It just never ends, and tonight’s Globes was no exception. From Tina’s warm ”Welcome to the 71st annual Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Lee Daniels the Butler Golden Globe Awards,” they were on.

Their opening monologue was so good, they had to split it into two parts. Here’s the first one:

And the second:

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No one in the room was safe from their laser-sharp jokes, and it’s fun to see stars like Matt Damon and Tom Hanks look a little nervous when their names come up. They love to talk about Meryl Streep, and as far as newcomers go, Jennifer Lawrence is an Amy favorite. Amy told The Hollywood Reporter that they have no limits on their material, but they try to stay even and funny:

But we’re not mean. That’s not really our thing. When you host a show you have to hopefully be funny at the top and set the tone for a really fun evening. When we did do it, it felt like it was pretty organic and there wasn’t a lot of stress from the HFPA about what we were going to do.

As the show kicked in after the monologue this year, I felt like I was missing Tina and Amy a little, though. When things drag, I just want them to come back and reset the tone. The Golden Globes are set up much differently from the Academy Awards, in a smaller venue with tables. It’s more like a fancy dinner that happens to have awards than a theatrical production, so that leaves out the musical numbers and elaborate stage set-ups that have marked the Oscars over the years. The hosting gig relies much more upon humor and rapport with the audience, which Tina and Amy handle masterfully. This year, though, I felt like I was missing them on-screen, although that could be just how much I prefer them over speeches and introductions as a lack of screen time.

(PS: I still think they should have gotten more screen time.)

That said, there were several moments over the three-hour program where these women were customarily brilliant and made me so, so happy that they were in charge of this show. They looked gorgeous, they picked on their famous friends, their chemistry was great, and, best of all, whether they were or not, they seemed to be having fun. At the very end, they summed it up like this:

Tina Fey: “Thank you everyone! This was the beautiful mess we hoped it would be.”

Amy Poehler: “And I got to make out with Bono!”

That would about sum it up for me. Until next year, when they’ll be hosting again, here’s a look at Amy Poehler and Tina Fey’s shiniest moments from the 2014 Golden Globe Awards.

  • Tina and Amy’s 11 Best Golden Globe Moments 1 of 12
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  • Tina & Amy: The Golden Globe promos 2 of 12
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    Tina and Amy were a hit weeks before the Golden Globes aired. NBC had been ramping up the promos for the show for the past couple of months, and because they featured Amy and Tina, they were commercials it was no struggle to watch. They sang, with questionable results, played the piano, and discussed their relationship, basically reminding me why I'll watch them — separately or together — in just about anything. 

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  • Amy and Tina on the Red Carpet 3 of 12
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    Ryan Seacrest posted his shot with the co-hosts from the red carpet on Instagram, captioned: "Mandatory selfie con amy y tina."

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  • The Monologue 4 of 12
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    Clocking in at almost exactly ten minutes, Tina and Amy's monologue was the perfect beginning to and the highlight of the show. Their rapport and timing is so perfect, it almost plays like improv. However, Tina told The Hollywood Reporter in their pre-show interview that they probably consider about 1,000 jokes before they settle on their final choices. However they do it, it works.

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  • Amy and Tina on George Clooney 5 of 12
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    "Gravity is nominated for best film. It's the story of how George Clooney would rather float away into space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age."

    This was the best line of the night, in my opinion. I'm only sad that Clooney wasn't there himself for a reaction shot. Gravity co-star Sandra Bullock and long-ago ER flame Julianna Margulies laughed a lot, that's all I know. 

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  • Amy’s Matt Damon joke 6 of 12
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    Amy Poehler had some of the sharper lines at the Globes this year, I thought, and made me laugh out loud a few times. As she and Tina went down the list of star power in the room, her dig at Matt Damon was one of those times. 

    "Matt, on any other night in any other room, you would be a big deal, but tonight, and don't take this the wrong way, you're basically a garbage person." 

    Matt's one of those guys who seems to have a good sense of humor, and his reaction made the joke even better. He gets it. 

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  • Amy as Tina’s adult son "Randy" 7 of 12
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    This made me howl. When Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick came on stage to meet up with their Miss Golden Globe daughter Sosie, Tina came out to introduce her adult son "Randy." Yep: It was Amy dressed up as a teenager with hair surprisingly reminiscent of Justin Bieber's. 

     

    "You can learn a lot from Jacqueline Bissett. She's a WINNER," 'mom' Tina said to Randy, when he complained that Ms. Bissett had been bothering him backstage. 

     

    "AM I DONE?" he asked. 

     

    Amy/Randy then went into the audience to seek out his father, after Tina indicated that he was in the audience. When he asked if it was one particular actor, Tina said: "No, Randy. Idris Elba is not your father!" 

     

    Hilarity. 

     

  • Amy and Tina’s "Feud" with Julia Louis Dreyfus 8 of 12
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    "Look who SLITHERED back to the TV section," was one of the jabs Amy and Tina lobbed at nominee Dreyfus, who played along with sight gags including eating a hotdog and smoking an e-cigarette and waving off photos from Reese Witherspoon. 

     

    "Interestingly enough, Julia has chosen to sit in the film section," Tina said, with Amy riffing: "Hi, Julia! Hi, Julia! You know us from TV."

     

    Funny stuff. I don't know the history with these ladies, but I do know it made me wish for them all in a movie. 

     

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  • Amy and Tina: Jokes about Hollywood, women, age, and body image 9 of 12
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    Amy and Tina aren't afraid to tackle head-on the issues facing women in what is known as a superficial industry, and their jokes go there regarding gender and age. Their Golden Globe monologue had plenty:

    "Matthew McConaughey is here. For his role in Dallas Buyers Club, he lost 45 pounds, or what actresses call ‘being in a movie.'"

    "Meryl Streep, so briliant in August Osage County, proving that there are still great parts in Hollywood for Meryl Streeps over 60."

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  • Amy Poehler getting a pre-award backrub from Bono 10 of 12
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    As the camera panned around the room focusing on the nominees for Best Actress in a Comedy, it landed on Amy and Bono, who was apparently giving her a pre-award backrub. It was awesome. Here's the GIF

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  • Amy Poehler winning the Best Actress in a Comedy award — and a kiss from Bono 11 of 12
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    What happens if the lucky backrub scores you a Golden Globe win? A kiss from Bono to top it all off. This was my favorite part of the show hands down. Just delightful, and really funny. Well played, Amy and Bono. 

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  • Finally? They looked beautiful 12 of 12
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    I counted three wardrobe changes during the show, from red carpet to monologue to the final stretch of the Golden Globes, but I'm bad about keeping track of that sort of thing. Tina looked so beautiful in shades of red and garnet, while Amy kept it really simple in black and a dark teal, along with really flattering necklines. Their hair was sleek and classic, and I've never seen Tina's hair looking quite this long and beautiful, in particular. 

     

    No matter what they wear, their humor, confidence, and brilliance make it better, but they both really rocked their awards show hosting wardrobe this time around. 

     

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