Amy Poehler quickly went from cool and calm to completely speechless at Sunday night’s (January 12) Golden Globes as she became the first host in the show’s history to go home with an award. Poehler, who co-hosted the Golden Globes with fellow “Saturday Night Live” alum Tina Fey, took home the prize for Best Actress in a TV Series- Comedy for her turn as the eager and charming government worker Leslie Knope on NBC’s “Parks & Recreation.”
Ahead of taking the stage, the actress got a massage and a kiss from U2’s Bono, and all that attention seemed to have flustered her enough that she stumbled a bit through her acceptance speech.
“Wow, I was not prepared for this! Wow! ’Parks’! Woo! I never won anything like this,” she said as her “Parks & Rec” co-stars cheered her on. “Oh my gosh, I didn’t have a speech. To Mike Schur, Greg Daniels, the cast and writers of ’Parks & Recreation’ — the best cast in comedy and drama, as far as I’m concerned. The best job.”
After thanking her managers and “everyone who takes care of me,” she added, “My whole family, who’s always supported me. My wonderful children who are my double A batteries and make everything worthwhile,” she continued. “Please wrap up… This is so cliche, but you get really nervous. I’m just thrilled to be a part of this evening, amongst such great people as you. I never win, so I can’t believe I won. Thank you so much for including me, Hollywood Foreign press. And for all of you I’ve forgotten, I owe you a deep debt of gratitude and you know who you are. Thank you very, very, very much.”
Poehler was up for the same award at the 2012 and 2013 Golden Globes. So, was Fey proud of her longtime buddy? “I just want to say congratulations to my friend Amy Poehler. I love you,” Fey said. “There’s a special place in hell for you,” she added, possibly as a jab at Taylor Swift.
Poehler beat out Zooey Deschanel (“New Girl”), Lena Dunham (“Girls”), Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie”) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”).