It looks like the idea of taking a new approach has gotten contagious for awards shows. On the heels of the Oscars naming Seth MacFarlane as their next host, the Golden Globes have enlisted the services of former Saturday Night Live" co-stars Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The funny duo will host the next ceremony, slated to air in January. "The unparalleled comedic timing of Tina and Amy will surely have viewers wanting to tune-in to see them in action," said HFPA president Aida Takla-O'Reilly. That's an accurate assessment considering the strong working relationship that Tina and Amy have had in the past. Of course, having multiple hosts at the same awards ceremony has yielded mixed results. Here is a look at how three groups of co-hosts fared at recent awards ceremonies.
Hiring Seth to be the Oscar host wasn't the first time the Academy took an unconventional approach. In 2011, this pair of young stars assumed hosting duties in an effort to boost appeal among younger audiences. While James and Anne might be talented actors, their hosting left a lot to be desired. Critics almost universally ripped the ceremony, with James assuming the bulk of the backlash. "At least Hathaway was in there pitching throughout," wrote one critic. "Unlike her co-host, who sometimes seemed to be preparing for a remake of Dazed and Confused."
Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin
At the 2010 Oscars, this pairing seemed like it would be a sure hit. Steve was a veteran Oscar host, while Alec was riding the success of his "30 Rock" role. Generally speaking, the two delivered a funny but largely forgettable performance. They had some great zingers, but others fell flat for those outside of Hollywood. However, they did have a show-stealing segment that spoofed the hit movie "Paranormal Activity."
At the Emmy Awards in 2008, reality hosts took over. Instead of adopting the traditional practice of employing comedians to host, the Emmys decided to bestow duties to a group of reality TV hosts with varying levels of experience. As you might expect, the results were not pleasing for critics. "If we come away with nothing else from this year's Emmys, let us all agree that having a host with some experience actually entertaining people is not a luxury, it's a necessity," said Mary McNamara of The Los Angeles Times. "The show never quite recovered from its unforgivably bad opener or its less-than-useless hosts."Note:This was written by a Yahoo! contributor. Join the Yahoo! Contributor Network here to start publishing your own articles.
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- Amy Poehler
- Tina Fey
- Anne Hathaway
- Seth MacFarlane