“They were just okay.” That’s how a leading 47% of readers voted in our recent poll that asked how Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg did hosting the 2019 Golden Globes. It was their first time overseeing the annual awards gala and while Samberg seemed at ease on the stage, Oh admitted to being a bit nervous. Rounding out the results of our poll, 32% said, “They knocked my socks off!” while the remaining 21% responded, “I want the last 3 hours of my life back!”
Samberg got his start as a cast member of “Saturday Night Live,” so clowning around on stage is nothing new to him. He previously served as host of the 2015 Emmys, so he knows the ins and outs of acting as ringleader for a major awards show. In 2014 he took home a Golden Globe for his leading role on comedy series “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” which recently moved to NBC, the Globes’ home network.
In stark contrast, Oh is an actress who’s starred in everything from films like “Sideways” to TV shows like “Grey’s Anatomy,” for which she won a Golden Globe in 2006. She won a second Golden Globe Sunday night for her dramatic lead role on “Killing Eve.” The Hollywood Foreign Press Association first got a glimpse of Oh’s on-screen chemistry with Samberg at last year’s Emmys when they presented a category together, so they decided to take a chance on them as Golden Globes hosts.
Unlike past emcees like Ricky Gervais, Samberg and Oh made the conscious decision not to be negative or nasty to the A-list stars in the audience. Instead, they poked fun at Bradley Cooper‘s hotness and Michael B. Jordan‘s buffness. They did have an uncharacteristically mean moment with Jim Carrey, though, when they told him to vacate the movie section because he was nominated for a TV show. But Carrey was in on the gag as he was mic’ed up and eager to play along.
Some of their best lines included Samberg saying that the Dick Cheney biopic “Vice” was actually “up for Best Musical or Comedy because it erroneously invaded the wrong category based on false intelligence.” And Oh poked fun at the Claire Foy drama “First Man” by saying, “‘First man’ is also how studios look for directors. First, man! If no man available, then pair of man. Then team of man. Then eventually, maybe woman?”