Jan. 13, 2013 at 8:15 PM ET
Somewhere in the mists of time, two women may have emceed a major awards presentation. But we're pretty certain that as hosts of the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are setting a new historical precedent. If nothing else, they're the funniest women to ever host a major awards show.
The former "Saturday Night Live" duo (and of course stars of their own from "30 Rock" and "Parks and Recreation") kicked everything off in high style Sunday evening with a shared stand-up introduction; Fey done out in sparkly blue and Poehler in muted red. They referred to the fact that on this rare night, film stars mingled with the "rat-faced people of television," leading director Quentin Tarantino ("Django Unchained") to reach over to "Modern Family's" Sofia Vergara for a fist-bump.
But the pair scored their first real "did they say that?" zinger when Poehler referred to nominee Kathryn Bigelow's nomination: "I haven't really 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."'
And here's a promise from your hosts: They will wrap it up by "eleven dark thirty at the latest."
Of course, you never know where they'll pop up, these hosts and throughout the evening both ladies found ways to insert themselves into the proceedings. First up, Poehler -- in fake teeth and a bright red wig -- mugged for the cameras from the audience as if she were nominated. Presenters Don Cheadle and Eva Longoria played along, reading out her "nomination," saying she was Darcy St. Budge, "the psychic who solves her own murder" in faux film, "Dog President."
And, not to be outdone in the "cameo" audience appearances area by Poehler, Fey appeared during the list of best actor in a movie or miniseries nominees, wearing big glasses and an askew mustache, eyeing the camera as Damian Francisco, "a professional volleyball player battling restless leg syndrome" from the same fake film as Poehler's/St. Budge's.
Even a half hour into the show, the duo were getting accolades from around the Web -- Lindsay Lohan gave them a shout out, noting that she was "grateful to of had the opportunity to work" with them.
Fey's influence carried throughout the evening -- Anne Hathaway, taking a best supporting actress award, had one word to say in honor as she took the stage: "Blergh! Thanks for that word, Tina."
Fortunately, when they showed up next time randomly in the audience, it was as themselves -- cuddling up to the stars. During the reading of the nominations for best TV series actress, comedy or musical, nominee Fey could be seen nuzzling with Jennifer Lopez as Fey's nomination was read out; nominee Poehler sipping champagne with George Clooney as her name was read aloud. Neither had to head up to the stage, though -- Lena Dunham won the prize.
After a short break, however, the carefree attitude of the hosts was clearly gone -- having lost their Globe nomination, Fey and Poehler "stumbled" out on stage carrying full drinks and "slurring" their words. "Everybody's getting a little loose now that we're all losers," said Poehler; then Fey pointed out, "look how drunk Glenn Close is."
Close-up on the "Damages" actress weaving and bobbing theatrically.
"She might need a medic," added Fey.
And then, of course, to wrap things up the Fey-Poehler juggernaut had to launch one final sally: "Goodnight," called out Poehler. "We're going home with Jodie Foster!"