After 71 years, the intrinsic value of an award bestowed by the
Last year nearly 20 million people tuned in, a six-year ratings high, while critics (including this one) fell over themselves praising the quick and witty hosting of Poehler and
Dick Clark Productions, which produces the Globes, and
It helps that the Globes honors television along with film, which puts it in a unique position of embodying the increased cross-pollination between the two art forms.
Like many great hosts (
"Interestingly, Julia has decided to sit in the film section," Fey said as the camera cut to the
But in recent years, television has begun out-pacing film in both popularity and critical acclaim. A good host might be able to get a reaction from a movie star like
Which is one of the main reasons people watch awards shows — to catch their favorite stars interacting with one another. This year's telecast also prefaced each commercial break with shots from the room —
Despite the dangerously high expectations, Poehler and Fey returned Sunday night in fine form. In opening the three-hour show, they perfectly balanced their insider knowledge with their outsider personas to create a heady brand of wide-eyed yet stinging commentary.
A-listers and home audiences doubled over as one when Fey described
"He lost 45 pounds," Fey said, "or what actresses call 'being in a movie.'"
But it was Poehler who once again proved she can pretty much get away with anything, any time, any place. After seeing
Yes, Fey helped out a bit, with a fine double-take and a "wait, how did you...," but it was Poehler's sweet-faced deadpan that deftly steered a joke that would have seemed daring on late-night safely into the lap of the laughing prime-time audience.
The show moved through its many awards with the carefee and swinging gait that makes it more entertaining than the gravitas-plagued Oscars.
But the telecast was by no means perfect — a string of winners arrived on stage absurdly unprepared: Bisset, the night's second winner, seemed near paralysis. And the layout of the room meant that the winners in television, who were apparently seated at a nearby Ramada Inn, had to wind their way through the tables of the clearly more valued film nominees.
Still, teleprompter breakdowns and entrance mishaps were handled with such good humor — "I'm not going to lie, they have the wrong thing on the teleprompter," presenter
When Poehler, nominated once again for her role in