Hosting the 70th
Some 20 years after Fey and Poehler first met as improvisers at the Chicago comedy hub i.O. Theater, the pair were relaxed, funny and fully in control as they took in a room filled with the biggest stars of films "that have only been in theaters for two days," and "the rat-faced people of television."
Aside from their opening monologue, however, Fey and Poehler popped up only intermittently throughout the NBC broadcast.
The show — which included a rambling and unwieldy speech by lifetime achievement award winner
But the co-hosts' bits right at the top were pure gold. Referring to the controversy surrounding the depiction of torture in “
Fey aimed her own zinger toward “
On the red carpet earlier in the night, Fey and Poehler stressed that their own nominations were the least of their concerns, and when their names were announced as nominess, Fey jokingly gritted her teeth with
In TV, the big winner was “Homeland,” which was named best drama. The Showtime drama also notched acting wins for stars
In the movie categories,
Former President Bill Clinton made an unexpected appearance to introduce the clips from “Lincoln,” a film that depicts a commander in chief pushing a bill through
Some lighter moments shone: Hilariously, presenters
Michael Haneke, the Austrian filmmaker whose “Amour” won for Best Foreign Film, was awarded the prize by
Smith (not in attendance) won for best supporting actress in a TV series as the droll dowager countess on the