Amy Poehler (left) and Tina Fey (Getty Images )
It's that time of year when Hollywood's best (and sometimes worst) prepare long, heartfelt speeches and call upon their stylists to find the hottest fashions so they can strut down multiple red carpets and possibly fall up steps as they are honored for their achievements in film, TV and music. That's right—it's awards season!
First up is the Golden Globes on Sunday. Not only are the Golden Globes filled with booze and banter among Tinseltown's elite, but they also have the best hosts two years in a row now: "Saturday Night Live" alums Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
The ladies behind "Mean Girls," "Parks and Recreation," "30 Rock" and "Baby Mama" return to kick off awards season in the greatest possible way. For most awards shows, we usually are tortured for three hours or more with boring categories and atrocious, dry jokes by less-than-funny celebrity hosts (with the exception of Ellen DeGeneres). Fey and Poehler, however, made the Golden Globes fun to watch in 2013, which brings me to a very important point: They should host every awards show from here on out.
Fey and Poehler go together like white on rice. Their chemistry is unmatched in the world of comedy. If you need proof, look no further than their scenes together on old episodes of "Saturday Night Live" during the "Weekend Update" segment. They were the show's first all-female anchor team, and they hit the ball out of the park week after week with hilarious interviews and imitations. Fey and Poehler proved to be quick on their toes and able to deliver without hesitation in front of a live audience. Not only were they an amazing team on "SNL," but their 2008 movie, "Baby Mama," was a hilarious display of comedic excellence.
Their on-screen chemistry earned them the prestigious opportunity to host the Golden Globes last year, and they did not disappoint. Between the opening monologue, their infamous impressions and their "drunken" confessions during the telecast, they delivered nonstop humor and kept the live audience and the TV viewers entertained from start to finish. They earned rave reviews, and according to Nielsen, there was a 17 percent increase in viewers from the previous year. Sorry, Ricky Gervais. But as Beyonce said, "Who runs the world? Girls!"
Although DeGeneres has been a great host for other awards shows in the past, we all know that two is better than one. When Fey throws up a joke as an alley-oop, Poehler dunks it with LeBron James force. You can never go wrong with a tag team of this caliber hosting your show.
The dynamic duo are the modern-day Laverne and Shirley—but better. Although the two have stated that they are not interested in hosting the Oscars, the Academy should at least make an effort to bring them in and spice up their annual snoozefest.
In the meantime, we'll be sure to tune into the Globes on Sunday for another night of questionable fashion, missed steps, boring speeches and hilarious jokes from the hosts.
Lela Olds is a RedEye special contributor.
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