Globes Were Actually Pretty Awesome

Tina Fey, Amy Poehler 'nailed it'

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 14, 2013 12:06 PM CST | Updated Jan 14, 2013 1:49 PM CST

(Newser) – Critics agree: With top-notch hosting, memorable speeches, and an appearance by Bill Clinton, last night's Golden Globes were a big success—a feat all the more impressive given the awards-show track record. Here's what reviewers are saying:

  • "Lovely, brilliant, and utterly fearless," hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler "made awards-show hosting an art form again," writes Mary McNamara in the Los Angeles Times. It was "occasionally hilarious, occasionally emotional, and surprisingly enjoyable TV" that came off "like a genuine industry party rather than an overly produced parade of mechanical self-indulgence."

  • Indeed, "nearly every joke told or stunt pulled" by Fey and Poehler "was solidly, often exceedingly, funny," adds Ken Tucker at Entertainment Weekly. As for Jodie Foster's speech, it was "eloquent, rambling, too long, funny, heroic, encoded, and ultimately very moving."
  • In the Hollywood Reporter, Tim Goodman calls the show "a funny, rousing, and swiftly paced affair .... bubbly and entertaining, there were moments to remember, winners and losers to argue about, and a pair of hosts who really nailed it."
  • "Making this event look glamorous is one of Hollywood’s most stunning achievements in special effects. And every year it seems to get a little better by just getting sloppier," writes Hank Stuever at the Washington Post. From now on, "Tina Fey and Amy Poehler should be allowed to do whatever they want."

This image released by NBC shows co-hosts Tina Fey, left, and Amy Poehler on stage during the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
This image released by NBC shows co-hosts Tina Fey, left, and Amy Poehler on stage during the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, in Beverly Hills,...   (AP Photo/NBC, Paul Drinkwater)
Jodie Foster, winner of the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award, arrives at the Weinstein Company Golden Globe After Party.
Jodie Foster, winner of the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award, arrives at the Weinstein Company Golden Globe After Party.   (Photo by Dab Steinberg/Invision/AP)
Zosia Mamet, left, Lena Dunham, center, and Allison Williams pose with the award for best television series - comedy or musical for Girls.
Zosia Mamet, left, Lena Dunham, center, and Allison Williams pose with the award for best television series - comedy or musical for "Girls."   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Bill Clinton introduces best picture nominee Lincoln.
Bill Clinton introduces best picture nominee "Lincoln."   (AP Photo/NBC, Paul Drinkwater)
Claire Danes with her award for best actress in a TV drama series for her role in Homeland.
Claire Danes with her award for best actress in a TV drama series for her role in "Homeland."   (AP Photo/NBC, Paul Drinkwater)
Daniel Day-Lewis poses with the award for best performance by an actor in a motion picture - drama for Lincoln.
Daniel Day-Lewis poses with the award for best performance by an actor in a motion picture - drama for "Lincoln."   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Ben Affleck with his award for best director for Argo.
Ben Affleck with his award for best director for "Argo."   (AP Photo/NBC, Paul Drinkwater)
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