The Golden Globes has always occupied the same place in Hollywood’s calendar: It’s the boozy kickoff to awards season, a more raucous ceremony than the Oscars, but also a helpful preview for it. What films and actors triumph at the Globes is less a matter of taste—the 90-odd members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association are notorious for their unreliability—and more an act of guesswork for who will win more trophies down the road as the industry begins a two-month gauntlet of red-carpet galas and tearful speeches.
In 2019, though, as the Academy Awards continues to muddle through its hosting crisis, following Kevin Hart’s dramatic withdrawal from the gig, the Globes may be able to once again boast an advantage in terms of pure entertainment value. For Sunday night’s show, the masters of ceremonies will be Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg, the stars of Killing Eve and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, respectively—two actors who’ve never collaborated outside of presenting an Emmy Award together last year. As performers with projects to promote, they made for a typically random awards-show pairing, but their chemistry during the 2018 ceremony was instantly obvious.
For years, nobody hosted the Golden Globes, which was mostly famous just for the free booze provided at every table (this tended to make for good television, and passionate speeches, as the night went on). Ricky Gervais was hired for the 2010 ceremony, earning headlines for his barbed monologues (he hosted four times in total). Starting in 2013, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler emceed for three years in a row, consistently earning better reviews than their counterparts who hosted the Oscars. Last year, Seth Meyers did a sturdy job piloting the ceremony through a particularly charged moment dominated by discussion of the #MeToo movement and the many abuses of power in the industry.