The Golden Globes have been the crazy stepsister of the Oscars since their inception in 1944. If the two were classmates in high school, the Oscars would be Prom King and the Globes would be the rebel smoking behind the dumpster before homeroom. However, this year the Globes proved that the sinners are much more fun; leaving the Oscars with some fun-filled shoes to fill.
Here are three highlights from the Globes that the Oscars should consider incorporating into their show if they want to hold onto the crown:
Co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
Saturday Night Live vets and Golden Globe nominees Fey and Poehler did an outstanding job as co-hosts, drawing in the best ratings for the Globes in six years—19.7 million viewers, according to Nielsen. While the Globes are still shy of the Oscars 39.3 million viewers, the stepsister scored nearly 30% of the 18-49 market, something the Oscars have been struggling to obtain for years.
Not only did Fey and Poehler’s monologue cause hysterics from the crowd with zingers like, (as Poehler referred to director Kathryn Bigelow) “I really haven’t been following the controversy over Zero Dark Thirty, but when it comes to torture, I trust the lady who spent three years married to James Cameron.” Their comedic presence went beyond the one-liners. Throughout the show, the duo remained subtly entertaining by dressing as obscure nominees and performing hilarious improvisation like when they lost their nominations to Girls star and creator Lena Dunham, raising their cocktails while referring to her acceptance speech stating: “Congratulations, Lena Dunham, I’m so glad we were able to get you through middle school.”
The duo dominated their role by being both funny and likeable without trying too hard. The only thing they left the audience wanting was more air time. There is no doubt Seth MacFarlane thought he had it easy as the upcoming host of the 2013 Oscars. All he really had to do was upstage the disastrous Hathaway and Franco and tired Billy Crystal. Yet, Poehler and Fey managed to not only raise the ratings, but also the bar for 2013 award-show hosts.
The Globes had two surprising guests, one that was staged to surprise and one whose words provided an unexpected surprise. President Bill Clinton shocked everyone when he came to the stage to introduce Spielberg’s nominated Lincoln. But, it was Jodie Foster’s confusing speech as she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award that really turned heads. She began by giving homage to Fey and Poehler’s alma mater by proclaiming “I’m 50!” but her speech quickly went from a comedy to a documentary as she announced she was single, bashed Honey Boo Boo and officially came out, although she claimed that she already came out “ a thousand years ago.” Her speech left people not only questioning her sexuality, but also her retirement from acting—and perhaps her sanity. Finally, the SNL tribute continued as fellow alumni Kristin Wiig and Will Ferrell improvised the plot lines of the best motion picture in a Comedy or Musical Actress Nominees, which left everyone in hysterics, except for Tommy Lee Jones, of course. While there is no way to replicate Foster’s speech, Clinton’s appearance or Wiig and Ferrell’s improv, there is no doubt that the Oscars will beef up their repertoire of presenters to keep up with the spontaneity of the Globes.
A Fun and Modern Atmosphere
In an effort to remain relevant, the Oscars celebrated the past in their 2012 broadcast. Along with long-time veteran host Billy Crystal, they traveled back in time to celebrate the history of film, with the theme “Let’s go to the Movies.” After the horrifying attempt to reach a younger audience with co-hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco, the Oscars tried to win back any audience they could by reviving the classic Oscar show with Crystal at the helm. Even he caught on to the scheme when he said of the show’s theme, “We’ve cornered the 70 to 85 year old market and boy do they spend.” Like an aging parent trying to be cool, they just tried too hard to please.
The Globes, however, appeared effortlessly modern, chic and fun. With the casual seating at large, round tables complete with booze and dinner, the attendees all appear to be enjoying themselves, as opposed to the stiff demeanor of the Oscar attendees. The Globes also embrace all types of media, from television to the big screen, which adds a great mix of personalities to the mix. From Adele and Hathaway’s acceptance speeches to the adorable candid shots of the stars like Clooney and Downey, the Globe guests appear to be having the time of their lives and it’s certainly contagious. For the first time in awhile, viewers across the country and the world were watching their screens instead of the clock.
Awards season is always an exciting time for lovers of television, film, theater and music. Normally, the competition remains amongst the artists. But, after this year’s entertaining performance by the underdog Globes, it appears there is also a competition brewing for the country’s best awards show. Well, Prom King MacFarlane, let the games begin.