Take that, Ricky Gervais! This year’s Golden Globes were a bit more anticipated than usual, mainly due to hosting duties by none other than present-day comedy titans Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. Thankfully, the two nailed the opening monologue.
No surprise that the duo ended up skewering those in attendance — and the entire room of celebrities at the Beverly Hilton ate it up. This opposed to the last two year’s of Gervais’ cruel jabbing at Hollywood’s finest. However, that’s not to say they held back. As Moviefone editor Chris Jancelewicz admitted, the jokes were tasteful yet biting.
Below, check out all the wit and wisdom of the ex-SNL’ers, with the best jokes from Poehler and Fey’s monologue. And head here to follow along with all the live updates and winners from tonight’s ceremony.
“You can smell the pills from here” – Amy on the atmosphere of the room
“Only at the Golden Globes do the beautiful people of film rub shoulders with the rat-faced people in television” — Amy
“Ricky Gervais is not here tonight, because he is no longer in show business” — Tina
“When it comes to torture, I trust the woman who spent three years married to James Cameron” — Tina
“As we learned from Ricky Gervais, when you run afoul with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, they ask you to host the Golden Globes two more times” — Amy
“I used to win prizes for that too” — Tina on Julianne Moore’s Globe-nominated performance as Sarah Palin for “Game Change”
“You’re not better than me” — Amy to Ben Affleck
“I have not seen someone so alone and abandoned like that since you were on stage with James Franco at the Oscars” — Tina to Anne Hathaway
“Quentin Tarantino is here, the star of all my sexual nightmares” — Tina
“Meryl Streep is not here tonight. She has the flu, and I hear she’s AMAZING in it.” — Amy