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Published: Tuesday January 14, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday January 14, 2014 MYT 7:45:59 AM

Comedy central at Golden Globes 2014

Tina Fey (left) and Amy Poehler at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, on Jan 12, 2014. – AFP

Tina Fey (left) and Amy Poehler at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, on Jan 12, 2014. – AFP

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler bring the funny to the Golden Globes.

FOR a second year running, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted NBC’s Golden Globes telecast in Beverly Hills on Sunday, and Fey, droll as ever, laid out the brutal essence of their return engagement: “This is Hollywood,” she said, “and if something kind of works, they’ll just keep doing it.”

Their presence was a tonic to the earnestness of the night’s early winners, letting the good-natured barbs fly. Taking in the array of movie stars assembled together, Poehler nodded in the direction of Matt Damon: “On any other night, in any other room, you would be a big deal, but tonight – and don’t take this the wrong way – you’re basically a garbage person.”

That helped set the tone for what is usually a loose, fairly boozy affair – even when the slate of movies nominated are as serious as they come. Sputtering speeches (hello, Jacqueline Bisset, who won for the little-seen Starz series Dancing On The Edge) and the long, long walks by stars to the stage didn’t help; winners manoeuvered – ambled, really – awkwardly around round tables clustered together like roadblocks, threatening to kill any momentum Fey and Poehler built in their opening minutes.

“Everybody just keep drinking,” presenter Sean “Diddy” Combs said only an hour into the broadcast. “It’ll be over soon.”

It’s advice many in the audience probably should have heeded from the start, because Fey and Poehler’s light touch promised a spunkier tone for the night. Meryl Streep’s performance in August: Osage County prompted Fey to crack that the role proved that “there are still great parts in Hollywood for Meryl Streeps over 60.”

Hitting close to the bone was Fey’s assessment of Gravity: “It’s the story of how George Clooney would rather float away into space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age.”

The monologue also touched on Poehler’s nomination for her NBC comedy Parks And Recreation, with a request to one of the camera operators to “get a shot” of Poehler in the audience – only to have the camera fix on Jennifer Lawrence. “Wow, radiant!” Poehler deadpanned. “It is hard to believe she’s a 42-year-old mother of two.”

Moments later, Lawrence won best supporting actress for her role as a tacky housewife in American Hustle, and she landed a zinger of her own on her way to acknowledging the fine actresses in her category: “I actually did watch all the movies this year,” she said. “Well, not all of them, but you know what I mean ...”

Her American Hustle co-star Amy Adams, so devastating and sexy and calculating in the film, also walked away with an award, for lead actress in a movie comedy or musical. “You cannot play me off talking about my daughter,” she instructed the orchestra as she thanked her young child.

Bryan Cranston (left) won for best actor in a TV drama for Breaking Bad, while Michael Douglas won for best actor in TV film or miniseries for Behind The Candelabra.

Music is always integral to a movie’s tone (especially American Hustle’s 1970s-heavy soundtrack) but perhaps even more so for the nearly wordless Robert Redford man-at-sea solo act All Is Lost, which won for best original score for Alex Ebert.

On the TV front, Breaking Bad – which reached its series conclusion in the fall – garnered wins for star Bryan Cranston, as well as a Globe for the show itself in the drama category. Mad Men star Elisabeth Moss won for her other TV project, the Sundance Channel series Top Of The Lake, and Jon Voight won for the freshman Showtime drama Ray Donovan.

Amid the sincere speeches and less-than-entertaining mishaps (malfunctioning teleprompters, for example), at least Poehler and Fey brought the comedy back in full force when Poehler dressed in tuxedo drag, pretending to be a petulant teenage “Mr Golden Globes aka Randy” and wondering if any of the men in the audience could be “his” long-lost father.

Poehler first sidled up to Idris Elba asking: “Is it him?”, before moving on to movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. – Chicago Tribune/McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

HERE are the winners at the 71st Golden Globe Awards:

FILM

Best film, drama: 12 Years A Slave

Best comedy or musical: American Hustle

Best actor, drama: Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club

Best actress, drama: Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine

Best actor, comedy or musical: Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf Of Wall Street

Best actress, comedy or musical: Amy Adams for American Hustle

Best supporting actor: Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club

Best supporting actress: Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle

Best director: Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity

Best foreign language film: The Great Beauty, Italy

Best animated film: Frozen

Best screenplay: Spike Jonze for Her

Best original score: Alex Ebert for All Is Lost from Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

Best original song: Ordinary Love from Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, by U2

Cecil B. DeMille award: Woody Allen

TELEVISION

Best drama: Breaking Bad

Best comedy: Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Best actor, drama: Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad

Best actress, drama: Robin Wright for House Of Cards

Best actor, comedy: Andy Samberg for Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Best actress, comedy: Amy Poehler for Parks And Recreation

Best TV film or miniseries: Behind The Candelabra

Best actor, TV film or miniseries: Michael Douglas for Behind The Candelabra

Best actress, TV film or miniseries: Elisabeth Moss for Top Of The Lake

Best supporting actor, TV film or miniseries: Jon Voight for Ray Donovan

Best supporting actress, TV film or miniseries: Jacqueline Bisset for Dancing On The Edge


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Tags / Keywords: Entertainment, 71st Golden Globes, 12 Years A Slave, American Hustle, Jennifer Lawrence, Tina Fey, 2014

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