Tina Fey and Amy Poehler opened the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards by calling all of Hollywood a bunch of brats. God, we love these ladies. Fey and Poehler hosted the Golden Globes for their third and final time on Sunday night. The comedy power duo have helped surge the ratings for the award ceremony after a ratings dip with “mean spirited” host Ricky Gervais. The hosts, who star together in Sisters later this year, poked fun at the past year’s films as well as the North Korea Sony Hack and recent rape allegations against Bill Cosby.
Fey and Poehler took stabs at the Hollywood patriarchy with some brilliant jokes reminding us about the absurd gender norms placed on women. Don’t worry, Red Pill Men’s Rights Activists. They weren’t too in your face about it. Just enough to maybe make you think right. “Steve Carell’s Foxcatcher look took two hours to put on, including hair styling and make-up. Just for comparison, it took me three hours today to prepare for my role as human woman.” In a world where things make sense, they compared the achievements of lifetime achievement award for recipient George Clooney and his wife, an accomplished social justice lawyer.
They weren’t the only ones to shine light on gender inequality through comedy. As they presented the award for Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda were relieved that “men at last are getting the recognition they deserve for being good at comedy.”
The Golden Globes honored achievements in drama and comedy in both film and television/computer/tablet/phone. Former stand-up comedian and alway-in-our-hearts-Beatlejuice Michael Keaton won the trophy for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy for his role in Birdman. The meta very-dark comedy film also won for Best Screenplay in a very competitive category this year. Amy Adams won Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy for…Big Eyes, which was directed by the new-to-I-guess-it’s-a-comedy director Tim Burton.
In the same way that Netflix stood out last year with their then-new series Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, Amazon Instant Video finally got some recognition for their new comedy series Transparent starring Jeffrey Tambor as a transgender woman in transition. Transparent won the award for Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy, marking Amazon’s first major award win. Jeffrey Tambor also won for Best Actor in a comedic series, giving a heartfelt acceptance speech where he dedicated the award to the transgender community. “This is bigger than me…thank you for letting us be a part of the change.” For Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy, newcomer Gina Rodriguez won a statuette for her breakout role in Jane The Virgin on The CW.
Whoever the Hollywood Foreign Press Association chooses to host next year’s Golden Globes ceremony will have big shoes to fill (four shoes, technically). Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have made it fun to watch an awards show that was otherwise a throwaway television event. Recently we’ve learned that if we tune in to the Golden Globes, we were guaranteed some phenomenal comedy from two of this generation’s funniest comedic minds. Good luck, to whoever is given that task (Louis C.K.?).