“You can feel the excitement in the room,” Fey gushed in their opening shtick.
“You can smell the pills from here!” Poehler added.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s awards ceremony took place Sunday night (January 13) in Hollywood, gathering the industry’s hottest talent for a night of accolades in both film and television. That is, according to Fey and Poehler, “where the beautiful people of film can rub shoulders with the rat-faced people of television.”
MTV News caught it all, and here are a few of our favorite moments of the evening.
Hey, Bradley Cooper: Call Me, Maybe?
The elderly female president of the HFPA, whose name no one will remember because no one ever knew it in the first place (Dr. Aida Takla O’Reilly), made perhaps the boldest move of her presidency … by asking out Bradley Cooper on live television.
Adele’s Night Out
What started as an innocent and simple “new mum’s night out” turned into so much more for the Grammy-winning artist and first-time mother. When she accepted her Golden Globe for Best Song (“Skyfall”) , she thanked the Hollywood community for welcoming her into their world, admitting freely that “we’ve been pissing ourselves laughing.”
Thank You, Mr. President
Former President Bill Clinton’s appearance onstage to introduce “Lincoln” appeared to have taken the breath from everyone in the room (especially Lena Dunham). The former president received a standing ovation from the crowd, which turned to a revered silence as he said very inspiringly presidential things, like “enduring progress forged in a cauldron of both principle and compromise.” He even stunned Amy Poehler, who breathlessly gushed about running into “Hillary Clinton’s husband” backstage. (You might recall, Poehler used to impersonate Mrs. Clinton on “SNL.”)
She Beat Meryl!
Jennifer Lawrence, who heretofore shall be referred to as J-Law thanks to Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig, got to say what every aspiring actress dreams of being able to say in front of the whole world when she accepted her Globe for Best Actress (Comedy). “What does it say?” she gushed, looking at her shiny new award. She also thanked Harvey Weinstein for killing whoever it was he needed to kill to get her up on that stage. Very gracious of her!
Anne Hathaway’s Secret Weapon
Anyone who promises to use their heavy award statue as a weapon deserves to be heard out (even when the music starts). The former “Princess Mia of Genovia” won Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Drama) for her role as the tragic Fantine in “Les Misérables” and vowed during her acceptance speech to use the Golden Globe to forever curb self-doubt. She also outed Tom Hooper as a cryer, had the audacity to use the awkward word “blerg” and had some very complimentary words for her fellow nominee Sally Field, a kindred spirit with humble beginnings (it’s a long way from “The Flying Nun” to “Lincoln”).
The English Patient
While we’d love to see a celebrity death match play out between the Terminator and Rocky, we got a taste of how funny it would be to pit Sylvester Stallone against Arnold Schwarzenegger … in a contest of who has a better grasp of the English language. And even better, this played out while the pair of aging action heroes introduced the award for Best Foreign Language Film. “I can’t be worse than you,” Stallone argued to a disbelieving Schwarzenegger, just before the former Governator announced the winner, the Austrian film “Amour.”
Walkers Don’t Go With Cleavage
Jodie Foster looks fantastic for her age, and she knows it. The 50-year-old Cecil B. DeMille-award winner started off her acceptance speech admitting her advancing age, which is a rare thing indeed in Hollywood. She also outed herself … as being single. “I already did my coming-out speech back in the stone age,” she said. “Now, apparently, I’m told that every celebrity is expected to honor the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance and a prime-time reality show.” She reflected on her lengthy and accomplished career in the Hollywood spotlight as “reality show enough,” and ended her speech with a very heartfelt tribute to her mother. And as if that wasn’t enough to constitute an impressive speech, there was also the priceless look of puppy-dog-like adulation on Mel Gibson’s face.
Lena Dunham Bares It All
The brains behind the hit HBO series “Girls” took home two Globes Sunday night, delivering two gracious speeches that may have included a little of the oversharing that her character Hannah Horvath is known for on the show. “This show is for every woman who felt like there wasn’t a space for her,” she said, thanking her fellow nominees for helping her through darker times in her life. Like middle school, as Tina Fey pointed out later in the show.