Golden Globes highs and lows: Great hosts, bad production
The 70th Annual Golden Globes broadcast on Sunday night was filled with a lot of laughs, many emotional moments, and some unbelievable technical glitches. Here is our breakdown of the show’s best and worst moments.
HIGH: ‘Saturday Night Live’ vets are still funny on Sunday
Former “Weekend Update” anchors Tina Fey and Amy Poehler made an outstanding pair in their first time as co-hosts. They didn’t hold back, lobbing pointed barbs at James Cameron and James Franco in their opening monologue, but they didn’t come off as mean-spirited as previous host Ricky Gervais. They even took their act off the stage, showing up in disguise as fake nominees and then hamming it up with Jennifer Lopez and George Clooney when they faced each other in the Best Actress in a TV Comedy category.
The hosts’ fellow “SNL” comrades Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig also got huge laughs with their slack-jawed presentation of the nominees for Best Actress in a Comedy (though a cutaway to a stone-faced Tommy Lee Jones, who was not in any way amused, was hilarious in its own way). Even some winners showed off their “SNL” fanaticism. Jodie Foster quoted Molly Shannon’s Sally O’Malley character – “I’m fifty! I’m fifty!” – and Anne Hathaway saluted Fey’s “30 Rock” character by saying Liz Lemon’s signature word, “Blergh!”
LOW: Technically, the show was not ready for primetime
Before the show even officially began, things got off to a bad start. As the preshow was wrapping up, you could hear the audio of the director counting down to the broadcast open. And the gaffes kept on coming. The teleprompter gave out, stranding Salma Hayek and Paul Rudd with nothing to read (though after his earlier joke tanked maybe he was better off).
The worst flub had to be when the audio dropped out two minutes into Jodie Foster’s emotional revealing acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award. It came right as she was speaking about coming out, and it lead some viewers to wonder if she was being censored. But it was really just an extremely poorly timed error and interrupted a moving moment.
HIGH: Genuine surprise in acceptance speeches