Awkward or devastatingly funny? We rate Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh’s Golden Globes opening monologue

The actors co-hosted the annual awards ceremony

Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh only met for the first time at the Emmys last year but their comic connection was so immediately strong, they’re now the hosts for the 2019 Golden Globes, taking place in Beverly Hills tonight (January 6). The ceremony is now underway and the main part of their duties – the opening monologue – is done and dusted, leaving it up to us (and Twitter) to give our final verdict on the pairing.

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Being unbearably nice – a little awkward

Much like when Samberg “fake roasted” James Franco during a televised roast special, the audience didn’t seem to really get the joke here. Where you might expect the hosts to put the boot into the stars in the room for some cheap laughs, instead the pair took a much kinder approach. “More like Michael B. Buff AF, you a snack, Michael!” Samberg quipped at one point. You could feel the confusion rippling around the room, making the jokes fall a little flat.

The Black Panther joke – dark


If you’re going to make a joke about Black Panther a year after it was released, you’re going to have to make it a good one. Samberg took a different tact to most of the other jokes you’ve heard about the Marvel movie when he effectively criticised the US government’s treatment of the Black Panther party via comedy. “Ryan, were there a bunch of old members of the actual Black Panther party saying, ‘I can’t even get an audition?’ he asked director Ryan Coogler. “Just kidding, they were all framed and murdered for wanting justice and equality.” Oof.

“There could be 100 people in a room and 99 don’t believe in you” – predictable but still funny

If you haven’t seen Lady Gaga’s repeatedly trotted out line about Bradley Cooper’s belief in her then you’ve probably been living under a rock since promo began for A Star Is Born. Our dedicated hosts were obviously in the know and they didn’t hesitate to use the pop star and actor’s much-used quote to create some comedy gold. Cue Gaga screaming “It’s true!” in her defence.

Sandra Oh’s impression of Hollywood studios – accurate

While singling First Man’s Claire Foy out for some brutal niceties, Oh spotted an opportunity to give some biting commentary on Hollywood’s attitude towards women behind the camera. “First man is also how studios look for directors,” she noted, before adopting a caveman voice. “First, man. If no man available, then pair of man. Then team of man. Then eventually, maybe woman?” You can’t say it doesn’t feel like it has at least a little ring of truth to it.

Jim Carrey’s TV snubbing – thunder stolen


You might think being a legend of film like Jim Carrey would save you from the snobbery associated with merely being on TV but you’d be wrong. Samberg and Oh used their monologue to make sure no lowly people from the box crept into the “movie section” of the seating area and that included one of Hollywood’s funniest stars. But Carrey got his revenge pretty quickly by completely overshadowing the bit, grabbing his dinner plate and huffily moving to the upper section, before shouting at the hosts: “I can see your lips moving but there’s a delay.” Before they moved on, he could be seen holding two glasses up to his eyes in a bid to see the stage better. We’d call that thunder stolen, parade rained on, and Samberg and Oh totally owned.

Sandra Oh’s heartfelt conclusion – serious but sweet

The opening monologue took a serious turn as it reached its end as Oh explained her reasons behind agreeing to co-host the ceremony. “I said yes to the fear of being on this stage tonight because I wanted to be here to look out into this audience and witness this moment of change,” she said. “And I’m not fooling myself. Next year could be different. It probably will be. But right now, this moment is real. Trust me. It’s real. Because I see you. And I see you. All these faces of change. And now, so will everyone else.”

Final verdict – not a classic, not a disaster

Overall, Samberg and Oh did a solid job. Their monologue might not go down in history as one of the Globes’ best opening moments but neither will it be given the James Franco and Anne Hathaway at the Oscars treatment either.