Golden Globes 2019: Why milder hosts like Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh have replaced Ricky Gervais
Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg are hosting the 2019 Golden Globes and while they seem like an unlikely pair, their brand of comedy is something we are looking forward to enjoying
The first award ceremony of 2019, the Golden Globes, is just around the corner and we are certainly are looking forward to see how it will set the precedent for the award season this year. The Golden Globes are more or less the pre-cursors for the Oscars and will give us an idea about what kind of movies will be recognized by the Academy each year. However, there is something else about the Golden Globes that has really caught our attention this time around – the hosts.
Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg are going to conduct the whole event and while they seem like an unlikely pair, their brand of comedy is something we are looking forward to enjoying. Samberg, with his stint at NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live,’ one part of the three-member band ‘Lonely Island’ and now, the lead of the hugely successful ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine,’ has proved his comedic prowess over the years.
Oh, meanwhile, is going to be the surprise element of this duo, considering we have known and loved her for the dramatic roles she has played over the years, from ABC's 'Grey's Anatomy' to BBC's 'Killing Eve.' That being said, we did see a glimpse of her comedic genius when she presented the award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series at the 2018 Primetime Emmys. That small bit also offered a sneak peek into the chemistry between Oh and Samberg, which definitely is promising.
The promise, nonetheless, is that of clean, mostly self-deprecating humor, something that most Golden Globes watchers may not be used to, especially if you have watched all the times Ricky Gervais has hosted the event over the years. Gervais, who has savagely insulted and called people out during the many times he helmed the Golden Globes, has set the precedent for what a Golden Globes hosting gig should look like. In fact, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are the only two hosts who have come close to achieving the same level of savage.
Last year’s host Seth Meyers, meanwhile, went for the more politically correct, snappy yet “proper” jokes that were aimed at the obvious bad guys in the light of the metoo and timesup movements. While it did not make for one of the more memorable hosting gigs of the year, we would say it was in tone with the mood of the hour.
Gervais, however, said he would have gone a different route, living up to the expectation that most of us have of him. "The more sensitive, the better," Gervais told the host during his appearance on ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ in January 2018. "That's the fun for me — talking about irreverent and sensitive and taboo subjects. There's nothing you shouldn't joke about. There's no subject you shouldn't joke about. It depends on the actual joke and the target."
"I was jealous of Seth," Gervais told Colbert, adding, "An amazing year to do it. I mean, it would've been the end of my career, but who cares." This, however, has been Gervais' tag line ever since he hosted the Globes the very first time in 2010. Many predicted his career would be over, with Poehler and Fey even joking that they took on his hosting gig because he is "technically no longer in show business."
Even when he said “I guarantee they will not invite me back,” after his gig in 2012, he was proved wrong, when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association invited him back for hosting duties in 2016. However, he keeps coming back and offending even crowds and insulting even bigger names in the industry, and the crowds have loved him for it.
In recent years though, the Globes' attempts to distance themselves from the comedian is more than a little obvious. The HFPA seems to be looking for tamer, "vanilla" hosts who would provide wholesome entertainment rather than risk having someone who would accidently say something that would be considered politically incorrect. The current plight of Oscars is not something they want to emulate.
Kevin Hart, by all means, is a beloved comedian in the country, but by no means is his past “clean” like a Meyers or a Samberg, nor has he been as "woke" as he is today as in his earlier stand-ups. Oh, meanwhile, is the safest bet when it comes to a spec-free legacy.
After becoming America’s sweetheart on ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ she broke the country’s collective liberal heart when she lost the Primetime Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2018, which would have made her the first Asian-American actress to do so. She is the underdog and he is NBC's priced pony, and together they are the woke, minority-representing, liberal catnip the HFPA needs in 2019.
From the looks of it, Sandberg and Oh are going to deliver exactly what they were hired to do - offer clean, family fun that hopefully will not trigger anyone with a Twitter account. Take a look at the promos for the 2019 Golden Globes in which Oh and Samberg are pretending to be best friends and you will get a sense of what is to come.
Nonetheless, we can't deny their comedic chemistry and we for one, are looking forward to seeing their antics come Sunday, January 6.