Tina Fey and Amy Poehler: Golden Globes 2015 Review Roundup, Video Highlights

January 12, 2015

At the 2015 Golden Globe Awards, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler returned as hosts for the third and final time. They took to the stage with a scathing opening monologue which left no one, from North Korea to Bill Cosby unscathed. But what did the critics have to say of their swan song? See a review roundup, along with video highlights.

Yes, it’s been three years that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Two of Saturday Night Live’s most famous and successful alumns have been hosting the awards show, and they have done to to critical acclaim both times, having replaced the previous host Ricky Gervais, whose rancor now seems but a distant memory of the early 2010s.

So long as they were willing they would seem to have an easy time of it to take aim at some truly truth-is-stranger-than-fiction subjects. After all, a year ago who would have imagined what Sony executives would have said in private emails that were leaked for all the world to see in a hacking of Sony Pictures’ Web site reportedly at the hands of North Korea over the release of a movie, ‘The Interview’ about the assassination of the country’s leader. Yes, truth is stranger than fiction.

Thus their opening lines to roast Hollywood’s elite were ready made, “Good evening, good evening, and welcome you bunch of despicable, spoiled, minimally talented brats.” Yes, as was said of Angelina Jolie by Sony exec Amy Pascal.

As for that James Franco and Seth Rogen movie in question they noted that North Korea had called it “an “‘absolutely intolerable and a wanton act of terror.’ Even more amazing, not the worst review the movie got.” And that is the irony; the movie got some wickedly bad reviews and, as the hosts pointed out, Hollywood was forced to pretend to want to see it.

Well, it was quite a night, right from the start, as the hosts took center stage. What the future holds for next year as we move into the second half of the second decade of the 21st century, who knows. It’s a rarity to have hosts who are engaging enough to abate some of the tedium viewers must surely experience as they sit through hours of rambling acceptance speeches in hopes of an F bomb or a wardrobe malfunction.

The reviews of the hosts in their last turn at the podium at the Beverly Hills Hilton have been mostly positive. Here’s a roundup.

“…. The hosts said that they were there to honor “all of the movies that North Korea was OK with,” with Poehler explaining that “the biggest story in Hollywood this year was North Korea threaten[ing] an attack if Sony Pictures released The Interview,” which she said forced everyone to “pretend we wanted to see it.” Fey then quoted some of North Korea’s criticism of The Interview, calling it “absolutely intolerable” and “a wanton act of terror,” saying that was not the worst review Sony’s controversial, poorly reviewed comedy about the assassination of Kim Jong Un received. ….” — The Hollywood Reporter

“…With the two comedians promising this would be their last year hosting the awards show, they casually roasted the assembled masses. North Korea’s threat to attack the U.S. if Sony Pictures released The Interview was first up, with Fey pointing out, “North Korea referred to The Interview as ‘absolutely intolerable and a wanton act of terror.’ Even more amazing, not the worst review the movie got.”….” — Rolling Stone

“…. The role of awards-show host is largely defined by the opening, and by that measure, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler look destined to finish their three-year Golden Globes stint on a high. Deftly capturing some of the inside-baseball quirks of the event while still playing beyond the room, their introductory bit cleverly hit on obvious targets – from “The Interview” to Bill Cosby – while addressing the talent in attendance and Hollywood foibles without sounding either mean-spirited or (worse) fawning. They even nailed the relative importance of TV at the Globes, starting to discuss it – then running out of time……” — Variety

“…. According to Golden Globes co-host Tina Fey, North Korea’s review of the Sony comedy “The Interview” “wasn’t even the worst review the movie got. In their opening for the 72nd awards show, Fey and co-host Amy Poehler didn’t shy away from joking about the Sony hacking and the Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg film that made headlines in 2014……” –LA Times

As noted, it is the last time — unless they change their minds (unlikely it seems) so for now, check out some of the video highlights below of the 2015 Golden Globes with stellar hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler!

Opening Monologue

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s funniest moments

George Clooney receives Cecil B. DeMille Humanitarian Award

Pictures: PR Photos

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