Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are taking the reins of the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards, ending a three year streak by Ricky Gervais and thrilling Saturday Night Live fans everywhere. The 30-Rock creator and Parks and Recreation star two will share the stage on January 13, and Twitter couldn't be more thrilled. Neither could the management of NBC who's broadcasting the awards. "Having both Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on board to host this year’s festivities is a major coup," said Paul Telegdy, President of Alternative and Late Night Programming at NBC Entertainment. "Tina and Amy have a proven chemistry and comedic timing from their many years together on SNL to their successful co-starring roles in Baby Mama."
First of all, we saw Baby Mama, and "success" isn't necessarily the first word that comes to mind when we reminisce about that movie. We're not here to play movie critic, though. We're here to propagate The Hollywood Reporter's theory that the choice of Fey and Poehler as hosts is a swipe at the Oscars' demographic reach. THR says that hiring the "two well-known comic talents with big fan bases -- and large followings among women, who make up the majority of awards show viewers -- could be seen as a direct shot by the Globes at the Oscars, which went with a less-known and more male-skewing host in Seth MacFarlane."
Then there's the issue of timing. This year, the Golden Globes fall three days after the voting deadline for the Oscars. This is mainly relevant because some think that the Oscars took a jab at the Golden Globes by moving its voting deadline up before the ceremony, since people might not care as much about who wins Globes once the Oscar nominations are already sealed. When you put it that way, it sort of does sound like there's something going on between the Globes and the Oscars. Then again, it's worth considering the idea that Tiny Fey and Amy Poehler are just two hilarious women well worth watching on stage for an evening. If they can keep America laughing during SNL they can certainly work a room of liquored up Hollywood types laughing.
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