Here are the top five reasons to watch the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards, which air live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel at 7 p.m. Sunday on NBC.Reason No. 5: “It’s the sloppiest [of the awards shows],” Tina Fey has said in pre-show interviews. “People get drunk and then they talk.”Reason No. 4: “It’s also one of the first [awards shows of the year],” Poehler has said. “So maybe you don’t have as much awards show fatigue.”Reason No. 3: “Television and film actors together,” Poehler said. “There’s always some kind of street fight.”“Always a street fight,” Fey agreed. “Usually started by Ellen Burstyn!” Reason No. 2: “A lot of people don’t know that we deliver our jokes while on a balance ball,” Poehler said.And reason No. 1 to watch the Golden Globes: Because of the comedy one-two punch of Fey and Poehler, who are returning to co-host the show for the second year in a row.Last year’s telecast was among the most memorable of the awards show season, and these two were the main reason. The dynamic duo also has been booked to host the 2015 show.“Their return ensures that the Golden Globes will once again be the biggest, best and most entertaining awards celebration of the year,” HFPA President Theo Kingma said in the official announcement made in October. The Golden Globes is one of the few awards shows that recognizes the best work every year in motion pictures and television, as determined by the Hollywood Foreign Press.In the early years, awards were given in just five film categories; television was added in 1955. Now the Globes celebrate achievements in 25 categories: 14 in film and 11 in TV.Leading the list of film nominees this year are 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle with seven each, followed by Nebraska (five), Captain Phillips (four) and Gravity (four).The most nominated TV programs are Behind the Candelabra and House of Cards with four each, followed by Breaking Bad, Dancing on the Edge, The Good Wife and White Queen (three each).Founded in October 1943 by eight foreign journalists, the Golden Globes began as no-frills luncheons but grew into one of the most widely recognized Hollywood events, receiving the same kind of stellar turnout and media status as the Oscars and Emmys.Last year’s ceremony was watched by nearly 20 million viewers in the States, the largest Globes audience in six years.The presence of Fey and Poehler, funny ladies who worked together on Saturday Night Live and who to this day can finish each other’s sentences, clearly had a lot to do with the robust turnout.The previous host, Ricky Gervais, got a lot of attention for his acerbic remarks, but the women brought in the bigger audience — and they didn’t rub people the wrong way like Gervais did.Fey and Poehler also are a natural fit for NBC. After costarring on SNL, both starred in sitcoms on the network (Fey on 30 Rock, Poehler on Parks and Recreation).Poehler joked in an interview with Xfinity that they’re back this year because the network made an offer they couldn’t refuse.“[A thug by the name of ] Tony NBC came up to me and he squeezed my arm really hard and he said, ‘You’re going to do this,’ ” she said. “I said, ‘You’re hurting me.’ And he said, ‘Nobody says no to Tony.’ So we’re doing it and it’s going to be fun and we’re not scared.” Fey joked in the same interview that financial concerns brought her back. “I have a boat mortgage,” she said. Fey is right when she says “part of the charm” of the Globes is that anything can happen. That’s often because the alcohol is flowing freely during the ceremony.The event morphed from a staid affair hosted by journalists into a wild party in 1958, when Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. hijacked the proceedings, taking to the stage without relinquishing their whiskeys or cigarettes and announcing the winners, to the audience’s delight.The following year, the HFPA officially asked the Rat Packers to host the show, a move that altered the tone of the Golden Globes ceremonies forever.Unexpected moments from years past include Jack Nicholson good-naturedly mooning the audience after accepting the 1999 Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award; Christine Lahti having to be summoned from the restroom to receive her award for Chicago Hope in 1998 (a blunder repeated by Renee Zellweger when she won the 2001 award for Nurse Betty); and Jodie Foster “coming out” while accepting her 2013 DeMille award.As for this year’s show, it’s still too early to guess what might happen. Poehler says that, in the tradition of Saturday Night Live, even the lineup of jokes won’t be finalized until the final hour.“I can’t stress enough how little we will prepare until very close to the show,” she told the Hollywood Foreign Press. “You can’t do any of this stuff too early, and you really can’t over-think it.”
71st Annual Golden Globe Awards
• 7 p.m. Sunday
• KXAS/Channel 5
Golden Globes by the numbers
Most Globes won by a film: 5, won by each of these films: Doctor Zhivago (1966), Love Story (1971), The Godfather (1973), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1976) and A Star Is Born (1977).
Perfect records: Doctor Zhivago, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and A Star Is Born all received 5 nominations and won 5 Globes.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is the only film to win the Globe in all five major categories (best motion picture, actor, actress, director, screenplay).
Most nominations by a film: 9 for Nashville (1976), although its only win was for best song, I’m Easy, by Keith Carradine.
Biggest shutouts: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1967) and The Godfather, Part III (1991). Each received 7 nominations but no Globes.
Most individual Globes: 8 went to Meryl Streep, followed by 6 to Jack Nicholson.
Rosalind Russell won all 5 Golden Globes she was nominated for but never won an Oscar.
Most individual nominations: Meryl Streep, with 28.
Youngest winner: Ricky Schroeder was 9 years old when he won the 1980 best new star of the year actor award for The Champ.
Oldest winner: 80-year-old Jessica Tandy won best actress, for Driving Miss Daisy, in 1990.
Winners who refused the Globe: The producers of Z refused the award for best foreign language film in 1970 because they wanted the film included in the main best motion picture category. Marlon Brando refused his best actor statuette for The Godfather in 1973 to protest U.S. “imperialism and racism.”
Source: Hollywood Foreign Press Association
Here are some of Tina Fey’s and Amy Poehler’s best one-liners of the 2013 Golden Globes:
Poehler: “Only at the Golden Globes do the beautiful people of film rub shoulders with the rat-faced people of television.”
Fey: “Tonight we honor the television shows that have entertained us all year, as well as the films that have only been in theaters for two days.”
Poehler: “Meryl Streep is not here tonight. She has the flu and I hear she is amazing in it.”
Fey: “ The Hunger Games was one of the biggest films of the year and what I call the six weeks that it took me to get into this dress.”
Poehler: “Kathryn Bigelow is nominated tonight. I haven’t really been following the controversy over Zero Dark Thirty. But when it comes to torture, I trust the lady who spent three years married to James Cameron.”
Fey: “Quentin Tarantino is here, the star of all my sexual nightmares.”
Poehler: “When left untreated, the HFPA can lead to cervical cancer. However, there is a vaccination …”
Fey: “She’s kidding. There is no known cure for the Hollywood Foreign Press.”