Leave it to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to turn some of Hollywood's sorest subjects into punch lines.
At Sunday's Golden Globe Awards, the comedians turned serious stories such as the hacking of Sony Pictures and sexual abuse allegations against Bill Cosby into jokes. The hostesses used their affable style and breezy comedic timing to address the topics in the opening moments of an awards show known for its boozy outbursts.
"Good evening you bunch of despicable, spoiled, minimally talented brats," Fey said at the start of the show.
"Tonight we celebrate all the great television shows that we know and love as well as all the movies that North Korea was OK with," Fey quipped in reference to the Sony hack that U.S. authorities have attributed to North Korea. The hacking led to the release of a wealth of private information about the studio and scuttled the wide release of the Seth Rogen and James Franco film, "The Interview."
Fey also jabbed the film, which North Korea said it considered an act of war, by saying that was "not the worst review the film got" either.
Fey and Poehler kept up the jabs at the reclusive nation later on during the festivities, introducing a stern-looking woman dressed in military regalia who they said was the newest member of the group that awards the Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The woman clutched a copy of a magazine bearing an image of North Korea leader Kim Jong Un and snapped a photo with Meryl Streep. She reappeared later in the show to "criticize" the ceremony before marching off stage in high-step.
"We got a lot of weird emails that can't get out," the women jokingly told Streep to get her to pose for the photo.
Allegations that Cosby drugged and sexually abused several women weren't off limits.
Poehler turned the traditional introduction of notable films that is standard in many awards shows as an opportunity to jab Cosby, who is accused of drugging and raping more than 15 women. Cosby has denied many of the claims, but has also joked about the allegations during a recent show in Canada.
They did their best Cosby impersonations as well.
"I put the pills in the people that the people did not want put into them," Fey said in a Cosby voice, before Poehler followed suit.
"In 'Into the Woods,' Cinderella runs from her prince, Rapunzel is thrown from her tower for her prince and Sleeping Beauty just thought that she was getting coffee with Bill Cosby," Poehler said during the Globes' introduction.
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Topics that couldn't be addressed with humor were handled with messages of solidarity.
There some jabs out Hollywood stars, too.
"George Clooney married Amal Alamuddin this year," Fey said. "Amal is a human rights lawyer who worked on the Enron case, was an adviser to Kofi Annan regarding Syria, and was selected for a three-person U.N. commission investigating rules of war violations in the Gaza Strip. So tonight, her husband is getting a lifetime achievement award."
Fey had another funny moment when she said, "Steve Carell's "Foxcatcher" took two hours to put on, including his hair styling and makeup. Just for comparison, it took me three hours today to prepare for my role as human woman."
This will likely be the last year you see Fey and Poehler as Globes co-hosts. Both stars have said they're hanging up their emcee hats.
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