Go away it to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to make a pandemic-era awards present really really feel related.
On Sunday, the legendary comedic duo returned to host the Golden Globes for the fourth time — this yr in a socially distanced, bicoastal ceremony held earlier than a particular in-person viewers of first responders and important staff, with celeb company and nominees tuning in digitally.
With Fey internet hosting from the Rainbow Room in New York Metropolis and Poehler from the occasion’s conventional ballroom venue at the Los Angeles Beverly Hilton, the SNL alumnae kicked off the evening with a very 2021 monologue that touched on all the pieces from the Emily in Paris controversy and Zoom calls to TikTok and the cranberry juice skateboard man.
“We’ll be honoring all of the incredible TV reveals you binged this yr: the American Workplace, previous Columbos, very one-sided information packages,” Fey quipped in a dig about binge fatigue.
“Now, TV is the one which I watch 5 hours straight, however a film is the one which I do not activate as a result of it is two hours,” Poehler additionally joked of socially distanced streaming. “I do not need to be in entrance my TV for 2 hours; I need to be in entrance of my TV for one hour, 5 instances.”
The standout second of the opener, nonetheless, got here when Fey and Poehler delivered a blistering dressing down of the Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation (HFPA) — that is the Globes’ voting physique, made up of about 90 journalists from throughout the globe — following criticism for its lack of Black members, sparked final week by a piece in the LA Times.
“Even with silly issues, inclusivity is necessary.”
“All people is understandably upset at the HFPA and their decisions,” Poehler started. “Look, a number of flashy rubbish acquired nominated, however that occurs; that is like their factor. However numerous Black actors and Black-led initiatives have been neglected.”
“And look, everyone knows that awards reveals are silly,” Fey added.
“They’re all a rip-off, invented by Huge Crimson Carpet,” Poehler adopted.
“To promote extra carpet. We all know,” Fey joked. “However the level is, even with silly issues, inclusivity is necessary — and there aren’t any Black members of the Hollywood Overseas Press. I understand, HFPA, that possibly you guys did not get the memo as a result of your office is the again sales space of a French McDonald’s, however you bought to alter that. So this is to altering it.”
Fey and Poehler ended their monologue, noting specifics for the occasion’s fundraising efforts tied to Feeding America’s COVID-19 response fund and that, sure, “This entire evening might have been an e-mail.”