Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on North Korea, Bill Cosby at Golden Globes 2015
MANILA, Philippines – Famed comedy "soul sisters" Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted the 2015 Golden Globes for the third straight year, and their one-liners were still as fresh as ever.
From material on everyone from Wes Anderson to Bill Cosby, the duo maintained their sharp, acerbic humor during the event, which was held at the Nokia Theater in LA on Sunday, January 11 (Monday, January 12 in Manila). Here are just some of the best bits:
North Korea and a photobomb
With the controversy following Seth Rogen's and James Franco's The Interview, Tina and Amy called attention to a (fake, of course) North Korean movie magazine contributor in the crowd.
- Amy Poehler: “The biggest story in Hollywood this year was when North Korea threatened an attack if Sony Pictures released The Interview, forcing us all to pretend we wanted to see it.”
Tina Fey: “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.”
They then welcomed a North Korean magazine contributor in the crowd. She then requested a photo with Best Supporting Actress nominee Meryl Streep (Into The Woods), to which the actress reluctantly (and hilariously) obliged.
Tina called Best Actor nominee Michael Keaton (Birdman) to photograph the moment, but not without Benedict Cumberbatch popping in to photobomb.
North Korean guest questions genre classification of television shows
Tina and Amy later began a new bit, but this time invited the unnamed North Korean contributor as guest host.
She questioned the classification of certain television shows, with Orange is The New Black put in the spotlight. She said that the show, which is presently in the Comedy category, should be moved to the Drama category – a meta statement given that's how many audience members feel.
- "The relationship between Piper [Chapman] and Alex [Vause] is very toxic," she commented.
Comedian Margaret Cho played the unnamed North Korean contributor. This was not her first time playing a Korean character, as she previously starred as a North Korean dictator on Tina Fey's comedy 30 Rock.
Various celebrity ribbings
The duo opened with jabs at the different celebrities present during the awards event. Foxcatcher's Steve Carell and Cecil B. DeMille recipient George Clooney were among those included.
- "Wes Anderson here for The Grand Budapest Hotel. As per usual, he arrived on bike made from antique tuba parts."
- "Steve Carell’s look took two hours to put on [for his role in Foxcatcher]. Just for comparison, it took me three hours today to prepare for my role as human woman."
- "Boyhood proves that there are still great roles for women over 40 as long as you get hired when you’re under 40." – on Best Supporting Actress Patricia Arquette
- "Jennifer Aniston is here for her role in the movie Cake. Cake is like a fluffy dessert that people eat on their birthdays, and birthdays are things that people celebrate when they admit that they’ve aged."
- "She did all of her own walking. So brave. And Andy Serkis was great as your backpack." – on Reese Witherspoon in Wild
Uh-oh, Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby was not forgotten tonight, as Tina and Amy got him involved during the monologue. They discussed the nominated films, one of which included the fairytale musical. He is currently in the hot seat because of various sex abuse accusations thrown against him.
- "In Into the Woods, Cinderella runs from her prince, Rapunzel is thrown from a tower for her prince, and Sleeping Beauty just thought she was getting coffee with Bill Cosby."
Who really deserved the Cecile B. DeMille award?
George was this year's recipient for the Cecile B. DeMille award, which Woody Allen won last year. But Tina and Amy questioned his credibility.
- "George Clooney married Amal Alamuddin this year. Amal is a human rights lawyer who worked on the Enron case, was an adviser to Kofi Annan regarding Syria, and was selected for a three-person U.N. commission investigating rules of war violations in the Gaza Strip. So tonight, her husband is getting a lifetime achievement award."