|Fey and Poehler on "Saturday Night Live" (watch video below). Photo courtesy NBC.|
In a surprise, the international organization named Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosts for its 70th Golden Globe Awards.
The bacchanalian party of the year has been hosted infamously by comic Ricky Gervais for three years and he said he was done.
Gervais was the first host in 15 years for the show. After each year, where Gervais pulled all the punches on the nominees and stars in the room, many thought the HFPA would not invite him back. But the organization did — twice — and viewers got to see a smug Gervais beer in hand ready to dish some jokes.
Now Fey and Poehler, known for their comedic touch, will have their turn hosting an evening where celebrities eat and, notably, drink — an awards show without the required gravitas.
The announcement gives the HFPA a little more buzz after the Academy announced its Oscars nominations would be moved up five days — to Jan. 10, three days before the Globes.
“The unparalleled comedic timing of Tina and Amy will surely have viewers wanting to tune-in to see them in action,” said HFPA president Aida Takla-O’Reilly, in a statement. “The HFPA is thrilled to have the magnetic duo be a part of the show’s 70th anniversary.”
Fey, the creative force behind NBC’s three-time Emmy-winning comedy “30 Rock,” has won an Emmy, two Golden Globes, three SAG Awards and a People’s Choice Award for the show. She has also won an Emmy and two Writers Guild Awards for her writing on “Saturday Night Live,” along with winning in 2009 for guest appearing on SNL as Sarah Palin.
In 2004, Fey wrote “Mean Girls” for the big screen, which earned her a Writers Guild Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. Fey has starred opposite Poehler in the film “Baby Mama.” In 2011, Fey released her first book, “Bossypants,” which also earned her a Grammy nomination for best audio book of the year.
Poehler currently produces and stars in the NBC comedy “Parks and Recreation.” Her role as politician Leslie Knope has earned her three Emmy nominations, along with one for writing. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe this year.
Fey and Poehler present together at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards.
And below is the infamous cold open for "Saturday Night Live" with Fey and Poehler as Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton, respectively.
Nominations for the 70th Golden Globes will be announced Thursday, Dec. 13, at 8:30 a.m. ET / 5:30 a.m. PT. The Golden Globe Awards air LIVE coast-to-coast on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, on NBC from 8-11 p.m. ET / 5-8 p.m. PT from the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Stay with The Gold Knight Blog for full coverage.