George Clooney, last night’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner at the Golden Globes, thinks Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are “the best hosts of the show“—and with all due respect to their naughty predecessor, Ricky Gervais, he’s right.* But with their three-year residency at the Globes now complete, it’s now time to begin the challenging task of finding their successor, or successors.
There’s no shortage of obvious candidates, beginning with the collection of celebs who already dominate the hosting circuit. Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers have to be at the top of NBC’s list, considering their experience and their affiliation with the network. Fallon is the most popular figure on late night, and Meyers has hosted the Emmys, the White House Correspondents Dinner, and helped Fey/Poehler with their Globes shows by writing material for them.
Gervais once compared hosting the Globes to “a parachute jump,” and after his third polarizing show, he blogged, “I’ve told my agent to never let me be persuaded to do it again.” Yet in December, he told the Hollywood Reporter that he was getting that itch back: “I’d love to do it again one day. It’s a good, fun industry party.” At last night’s show, he seemed to be having fun presenting—joking that celebrities are rightfully above the law—though he kept NBC’s censors on their toes. Even though he rubbed many Hollywood folks the wrong way during his three-year reign, Gervais might still be the ideal Globes host, since people would tune in simply to see what he’d say and who he’d target with his jokes.
During last night’s ceremony, many viewers were intrigued by the idea of Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig taking over the show. Ditto for Chris Pratt and Anna Faris. But if I had to chose a pair to host, I think I’m still in love with the idea of Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Bryan Cranston sharing the stage after seeing their chemistry during last year’s Emmys. Actually, Dreyfus alone might be enough to get my vote.
At this point, some of you might be screaming for Neil Patrick Harris, or Jimmy Kimmel, or Jon Stewart, or Chris Rock. But NBC isn’t about to hand their high-rated showcase to ABC’s late-night star, and I’m not sure any of the former Oscar hosts would deign to get dressed up and tell jokes to the Globes.
With Gervais, Fey, and Poehler, NBC and the HFPA have landed three talents whose humor and style have fit the more raucous, more irreverent Golden Globes. The next host will likely fit that template, and there are several great candidates on cable television: John Oliver, Amy Schumer, and Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key.
Or the Globes could go real old-school, and aim for the ring-a-ding-ding days when Frank Sinatra and his Rat Pack hijacked the show. I don’t think Clooney and his Ocean’s Eleven crowd would ever consider it, but a Golden Globes hosted by the Anchorman crew might hold promise. As might one featuring one of last night’s punchlines: The Interview‘s James Franco and Seth Rogen. Franco famously mailed in his Oscar co-hosting gig with Anne Hathaway, but he might have better chemistry with Rogen and have a better feel for the room at the Globes.
The good thing is the HFPA has time; they didn’t announce that Fey and Poehler would host in 2013 until October. But let’s help them along, shall we?
* Before Gervais’ own three-year run, the Golden Globes rarely had a designated host. John Larroquette and Janine Turner had been the last official emcees when they partnered up in 1995. The Hollywood Foreign Press felt that a host only got in the way of what was supposed to be freewheeling party, and preferred to rely on “the Hollywood community” as the Globes’ headliner.