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January 14, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Long after people will have forgotten who won the best picture award at this year’s Golden Globes, they’ll be remembering Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s turn as co-hosts of the annual presentations. In Britain’s Guardian newspaper, Hadley Freeman commented that “something groundbreaking” happened … Tina Fey and Amy Poehler proved that hosts of an awards ceremony can actually be funny.” Los Angeles Times TV critic Mary McNamara dished out similar praise: “Lovely, brilliant and utterly fearless, they made awards-show hosting an art form again, helming three hours of occasionally hilarious, occasionally emotional and surprisingly enjoyable TV,” she wrote. Entertainment Weekly’s editor at large, Ken Tucker, concluded: “Nearly every joke told or stunt pulled by hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler was solidly, often exceedingly, funny.” Comparing them to previous controversial host Ricky Gervais, Tim Goodman commented in the Hollywood Reporter: “Gervais had become the show, so it was nice to see Fey and Poehler prove that they could be fantastic, funny hosts while also staying out of the limelight.” concluded that they “knocked it out of the park.” And The Atlantic summed up: Fey and Poehler “killed it.”As if to drive home the difficulty inherent in the job, Tina Fey at one point addressed Anne Hathaway in the audience, saying that she “had not seen anyone as alone and abandoned since you were on stage with James Franco at the Oscars.” And Fey addressed what could happen if they failed. “Ricky Gervais could not be with us tonight because he is no longer in show business.” Poehler than remarked, “We have no intention of being edgy or offensive tonight because as Ricky Gervais found out the hard way, when you run afoul of the Hollywood Foreign Press, they make you host this show two more times.” But Associated Press TV writer Frasier Moore commented that Poehler and Fey’s achievement “should be grounds for these funny ladies hosting the Globes two more times — at least.