Golden Globes highs and lows: Great hosts, bad production

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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

It’s fun when someone who you don’t expect wins, but it’s even more fun when they don’t expect it either. Adele was appropriately and adorably shocked when her theme from “Skyfall” won for Best Song, and she showed it by slipping a little foul language in her speech. You could tell Quentin Tarantino also didn’t see his win for Best Screenplay coming, though his not-at-all-humble speech gave away that he felt he deserved it. And when he won for Best Director, Ben Affleck saluted the other nominees, saying, “I truly to God never thought I would be in the same breath as them.”

LOW: Forgetful winners need a do-over

Apparently, Affleck was so surprised at his win, he completely overlooked the producers of his film “Argo.” Which might have been understandable if one of the names that escaped him was George Clooney. Luckily for Affleck, his wife Jennifer Garner presented an award later and was able to thank producers Clooney and Grant Heslov in his place. More awkward was when Anne Hathaway stepped in after “Les Miserables” won for Best Musical/Comedy to thank the manager she had forgotten to recognize during her speech. Though the best shout-out to a forgotten figure was when “Girls” creator Lena Dunham finally thanked Chad Lowe, who was not recognized by his ex-wife Hilary Swank when she won the Oscar back in 2000.

HIGH: Fast-paced, on-time presentation

Mercifully, the show wrapped up right on time at a lean three hours. There were no unnecessary montages, no musical performances, no modern dance numbers. It was jokes, awards, repeat. Though one complaint about the show’s strict adherence to time limitations was when the orchestra started playing off Daniel Day-Lewis while he was giving his acceptance speech for Best Actor in a Drama. The man’s the greatest living actor (and our 16th president); you could give him another 20 seconds.

LOW: Head-scratching moments

Catherine Zeta-Jones was an Oscar winner for a musical, but that doesn’t mean she should’ve sang a-cappella when introducing “Les Miserables.” Robert Downey Jr. was his snarky, charming self while presenting Jodie Foster her award, but a bit he worked out involving Mel Gibson and a platter of plushie hamsters was just odd. And then there was the moment when Aida Takla, the heavily accented president of the Hollywood Foreign Press, asked nominee Bradley Cooper to “Call Me Maybe.” While Cooper would’ve surely liked to win, he probably didn’t want the award that much.