Given that the prevailing opinion among many circles seems to be that Hollywood awards shows are just an excuse for rich, pretty people to give themselves one more yearly pat on the back for being spectacular, they’ve recently become hard to sell to the viewing public. Gone is the reverence we used to have for old Hollywood and in its place are complaints that watching celebrities receive seemingly arbitrarily decided awards is boring, formulaic, and even a little pompous.
Despite these sentiments, Ricky Gervais seemed to crack the code on how to present an awards show to a modern audience when he used his hosting duties at the 2010 Golden Globes to poke fun at the whole affair, call the governing body that gives out the awards corrupt, and basically just take the piss out of every famous face in the audience who didn’t have the good sense to stay home. It was a good formula, one that drew ratings and that led to Gervais being asked back to host two more times, but this year Tina Fey and Amy Poehler took over hosting duties and proved that the deed could also be done another way.
With Fey and Poehler at the forefront, gone was the bitterness and awkwardly biting insult humor, and in its place was charm and good-natured silliness. Gone was the cynical mocking of the award-giving process, and in its place was the sense that while awards might not be all that important, they can still be fun. In the end, everyone other than perennial sourpuss Taylor Swift agreed that Fey and Poehler had not only done an awards show right, but had proven themselves to be national treasures in the process. So what’s the plan for next year?
According to a report from Deadline, the Fey and Poehler-hosted Globes ceremony drew in 19.7 million viewers this year, which was up 17% from the year before and was one of the most watched telecasts of the show ever. So, of course the network broadcasting the ceremony, NBC, wants them back. And given the fact that they were able to capture the public’s attention without generating anymore negative feelings towards the award-giving process, of course the producers of the show and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association want them back. Because of all this, it turns out everyone involved has decided to just ask them back.
Granted, Fey and Poehler are both very busy people, and it’s not yet known if it would even be possible for them to both come back and host the awards, so what NBC and producers Dick Clark Productions have reportedly sent their way is just an informal invite to get a sense of their interest level and availability, and not really an official offer. Still, it’s thought that—seeing as hosting the Globes is a high-profile gig that only takes up a couple of weeks of one’s time—being optimistic that they could come on board to do the job once again isn’t a crazy position to take.
What do you say, ladies? Once more for old time’s sake? Why not just do it just for the opportunity to offend Taylor Swift with a light-hearted joke again, if for no other reason at all?