Golden Globe Highlights and Laughs from 2013

Awards shows may be aired live but most of the routines and skits are well rehearsed (or in some cases not so much). Sometimes the actors ad lib or just wing it; such is the joy of live television. For those who can’t wait for the annual Golden Globe Awards show, which airs live on NBC Sunday, January 12, at 8 p.m. ET/7c, here are six comedic highlights from last year.

Kristen Wiig & Will Ferrell Fake Their Way Through it 

Who knew that Kristen Wiig could pull of such a sexy black dress as the low-cut, front cut out number she wore on stage at the 2013 Golden Globes? That dress thankfully proved distracting to many as she and Will Ferrell (looking quite dashing in his tux with the white tie) attempted to convince the audience that they had actually seen the films whose titles they ticked off for the “Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical” category. “I totally watched them,” Ferrell assured the audience, but if either he or his fellow Saturday Night Live alumnus Ms. Wiig indeed did view the five films those actresses starred in, their descriptions of them mirrored the way middle school students pad reports on books they were supposed to but really did not read.

No one who heard them offer praise for Emily Blunt’s role in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen learned anything about the movie that could not be gleaned from the title. From joking about Judi Dench being an “unknown” who “used to be a police officer” to describing a non-existent scene where Dame Judi supposedly rides a tractor with marigolds in her hair (from Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) to calling Jennifer Lawrence “Jay La” (and going on about all the “silver” in Silver Linings Playbook), the pair played it like an SNL skit. Mispronouncing “Quartet” as “cord-it” and claiming “nobody knows what the cord-it is” made even the grand dowager Maggie Smith laugh about her movie. The two put it to bed, however, when they mispronounced Meryl Streep’s first name (as Mariel) and identified her (incorrectly of course) as the “sassy sheriff” from Hope Springs.