Golden Globes 2014: Amy Poehler & Tina Fey's Opening Monologue

Combining movies and TV, a live broadcast and drinking celebs always creates the potential for oddness. But with the exception of the inevitable excellence of hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (who also won!), Sunday's Golden Globes was particularly strange.

Jared Leto, who took time off from a terrible band to make "Dallas Buyers Club," opened his best supporting actor acceptance speech (for a serious role as a transgender woman with AIDS) with numerous bad jokes about Brazilian waxing. Amy Adams ("American Hustle") was played off the stage in the middle of a sweet story about her career, yet TV's best supporting actress, Jacqueline Bisset ("Dancing on the Edge"), received seemingly infinite time to say almost nothing.

Sometimes the (biased) stars of the best picture noms introduced their own movies, like Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie with "The Wolf of Wall Street." Yet Jim Carrey (effectively mocking Shia LaBeouf) introduced "American Hustle" even though nearly everyone from the movie was on hand.

Nothing could be as bad as E!'s red carpet coverage identifying Michael J. Fox's 1991 Parkinson's disease diagnosis as a "fun fact." Still, it's an unusual night when Andy Samberg ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine") wins in a category containing Don Cheadle ("House of Lies"), and the frontman of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros wins for scoring a Robert Redford movie ("All is Lost").


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Then there's Bono. After U2 won best original song for an average contribution to the mediocre "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," he awkwardly pulled back from a hug from Diddy—who sang, "Let it flow" to the band as if he were singing "Let it Snow." What is happening?

Several things were awesome, of course. Fey and Poehler opened the show with a monologue that had the bite of their time on "SNL," with Fey noting that Matthew McConaughey's 45-pound weight loss for "Dallas Buyers Club" is "what actresses call 'being in a movie.'" "12 Years a Slave" justly won best drama and Spike Jonze, accepting best screenplay for "Her," responded to the music playing him off by saying, "Hey, wait, hold on. I just started."

Looseness like that—seen also as Matt Damon noted he forgot his glasses and Emma Thompson arrived onstage with her shoes in one hand and a drink in the other—compensated for frustrating results like "American Hustle" winning best musical or comedy, Leonardo DiCaprio defeating Oscar Isaac for best actor in a musical or comedy and Alfonso Cuaron taking best director for "Gravity" over Steve McQueen and "12 Years a Slave."

Still, let us rejoice in McConaughey's terrific acceptance speech and Poehler winning for the fantastic "Parks and Recreation" and giggling with humility about how she never wins stuff like this.

And Jennifer Lawrence (best supporting actress for "American Hustle") showing that even a globally adored star winning for the second consecutive year can still get authentically nervous in the limelight.

You didn't think this story wouldn't mention Lawrence, did you? That would be totally bizarre.

Matt Pais is RedEye's music and movies guy.

 

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