The Golden girls

(Graphic by Steph Truong)
(Graphic by Steph Truong)

As a general rule, it’s unwise to get caught up in Hollywood hype. All too often, that which is highly anticipated ends up falling flat.

Enter 2013 Golden Globe hosts Tiny Fey and Amy Poehler, kick-ass comedians and real life BFFs. If anything, the duo exceeded expectations; delivering a relaxed, brash and above all, charming hosting debut. It took only a few pans of the crowd’s uproarious reaction to the opening monologue to prove it: everyone likes Fey and Poehler.

And why not? They’re really, really funny.

Undoubtedly, the women of the biz stole the show at the Golden Globes. This coupled with Fey and Poehler hosting and so many of the shows best lines at the expense of Hollywood’s men it truly was a night for the girls. Early in the show, Poehler referenced Kathryn Bigelow, (best director nominee for Zero Dark Thirty), saying “When it comes to torture, I trust the lady who spent three years married to James Cameron.”

Moments later, Fey joked about Anne Hathaway’s performance in Les Miserables, saying “I haven’t seen someone so totally alone and abandoned since you were onstage with James Franco at the Oscars.”

The ladies were sticking it to the men, and sticking together. Fellow SNL alum Kirsten Wiig was hilarious while presenting with Will Ferrell, racking up a few more points for the women of comedy.

And it didn’t stop with the veterans. Hollywood’s young stars shone just as brightly, with Lena Dunham cleaning up in the comedy category for HBO’s Girls, and Jennifer Lawrence giving one of the most endearing acceptance speeches in recent history for her win for Silver Linings Playbook. “What’s this say? I beat Meryl [Streep],” Lawrence joked, referencing a line from the ‘90s comedy The First Wives Club.

The ladies were fashionably on-point as well, with Kerri Washington, Kate Hudson and Helen Mirren pulling off completely current looks. Even Jessica Alba (typically boring as dry toast), killed it in her second look, a graphic black and white number from Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 collection.

Honourable mention to Hugh Jackman, Ben Affleck and Bill Murray – totally charming and timeless Hollywood hunks who make it impossible to completely forget the men, no matter how spectacularly the women steal the show.

With the Globes out of the way, excitement is ramping up for Feb. 24 Oscars.

Your move, Seth MacFarlane.

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