Fey, Poehler brought comedy to Golden Globes

Sarah Contreras

What happens when actual funny people host an awards show? The 70th annual Golden Globes answered that question this weekend.

On air live 7 p.m. CST Sunday from The Beverly Hills Hilton, hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, longtime friends and collaborators, brought the funny in what was a refreshingly amusing awards show. The Globes have endured a rocky few years regarding hosts: Ricky Gervais infamously alienated his audience with his seemingly mean-spirited jokes in 2011 and 2012.

Not so with Fey and Poehler. Throughout the ceremony, the two swilled cocktails, donned costumes and, in Poehler’s case, snuggled up to George Clooney.

The Golden Globes are awarded in both the television and film categories by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Unlike the Academy Awards and the Emmys, the Golden Globes leave ample room for surprise appearances and comedy bits; this year’s ceremony boasted an appearance from former President Bill Clinton and Tina Fey dressed up as Damien Francisco, Best Supporting Actor In a Miniseries or TV Movie nominee for the fictional movie, “Dog President.”

Following the Globes’ tradition for spontaneity, Jodie Foster delivered a long and impassioned speech midshow. Accepting the Cecile B. Demille Lifetime Achievement Award, Foster spoke out against the obsession with the details of celebrity life. Her declaration to not proclaim her sexuality resonated deeply with those in the audience, who surely have much experience with privacy violations.

Big winners of the night included: Anne Hathaway for Best Supporting Actress – Drama (“Les Miserables”), Adele for Best Original Song (“Skyfall”), Dame Maggie Smith for Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series (“Downton Abbey”), Damien Lewis for Best Actor Television – Drama (“Homeland”), Hugh Jackman for Best Actor – Drama (“Les Miserables”) and Lena Dunham for Best Actress (Comedy, Television) and Best Show (Comedy, Television) for HBO’s “Girls.”

“Zero Dark Thirty” earned Jessica Chastain a Best Actress – Drama award and Jennifer Lawrence earned the same award in the Comedy/Musical Category for “The Silver Linings Playbook.” Ben Affleck surprised viewers by beating out Ang Lee in the Best Director category and also earned a well-received Best Movie statue for his film, “Argo.”