By Alexandra Whittaker
Jan 04, 2019 @ 12:45 pm

As the Academy Awards scrambles to find a host who sticks, and outlets lament about how hosting an award show is the "the least wanted job in Hollywood," let's collectively harken back to a better, simpler time: the three-year Golden Globes reign of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

The duo effectively set a new gold standard for award show hosting without angering their audience (à la Seth MacFarlane's "We Saw Your Boobs" circa 2013) or failing to deliver the funny. It's not an easy tightrope to walk, so let's just call it like it is: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are, without a doubt, the greatest award show hosts we've had in recent memory. Bar none.

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Hopefully they'll have competition soon — Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg are the first duo to host the show since the Saturday Night Live alumnae, and they're looking to Amy and Tina for inspiration. Samberg told The Hollywood Reporter this week that he and Oh are modeling their approach off of Tina and Amy's, which is the greatest awards news we've heard all week.

"... the years that are more like how I would dream of doing it were Tina and Amy's," Samberg said. "I like playing off someone else and having there be a looseness to it and the ability to try things that are not necessarily just straight jokes to prompter."

He's got that right. We laughed with them, we miss them, and we hope they come back to the award circuit stage soon (Oscars 2019, anyone?). But in the meantime, here's a quick reminder of some of the moments that made Fey and Poehler the best of the best.

1. They called out George Clooney in his pre-Amal days.

Now that Amal Clooney is in the picture, it might be hard to imagine a time when George was considered a player — but he was. And Tina and Amy weren't going to dance around it while talking about Gravity, which he co-starred in alongside Sandra Bullock.

Gravity is nominated for Best Film. It’s the story of how George Clooney would rather float away into space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age," Fey quipped.

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Even after George met Amal, they still weren't afraid to go after him when he was awarded a lifetime achievement award at the Globes in 2015.

"Amal is a human rights lawyer who worked on the Enron case, was an advisor to Kofi Annan regarding Syria and was selected for a three-person UN commission investigating rules of war violations in the Gaza Strip," Fey said. "So, tonight, her husband is getting a lifetime achievement award."

2. They were self aware.

Tina and Amy weren't exactly going to skirt around the fact that they hosted again and again for a reason.

"We are so happy to be back," Fey said in 2014. "We are hosting the Golden Globes for the second time. Because this is Hollywood, and if something kinda works they'll just keep doing it until everybody hates it."

3. This.

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4. They didn't pretend everything in Hollywood was sunshine and roses.

Fey and Poehler were full of jokes about the industry at large, whether it be about stars pretending not to age, or even the censorship controversy that emerged when North Korea made threats about the release of The Interview.

"Tonight we celebrate all the great television shows that we know and love as well as all the movies that North Korea was okay with," they opened one year.

5. They were just as psyched about the show when they were nominated.

See: Tina Fey cuddling up to Jennifer Lopez.

6. They involved their audience.

Not every host is able to connect with their audience, but Fey and Poehler made a point of including other stars in their act, making it difficult not to get excited about what they said.

Whether it was Amy smooching Bono, Mandy Patinkin making a monologue cameo, or Reese Witherspoon playing along with a "diva" Julia Louis Dreyfus, Tina and Amy called in the big guns, and we love them for it. 

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