Leave it to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to turn some of Hollywood's sorest subjects into punch lines.
At Sunday's Golden Globe Awards, the comedians turned serious stories such as the hacking of Sony Pictures and sexual abuse allegations against Bill Cosby into jokes.
The hostesses used their affable style and breezy comedic timing to address the topics in the opening moments of an awards show known for its boozy outbursts.
Their favourite theme this time was the Sony hack that US authorities have attributed to North Korea. The hacking led to the release of a wealth of private information about the studio and scuttled the wide release of the Seth Rogen and James Franco film, The Interview.
Fey and Poehler kept up the jabs at the reclusive nation later on during the festivities, introducing a stern-looking woman dressed in military regalia who they said was the newest member of the group that awards the Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The woman clutched a copy of a magazine bearing an image of North Korea leader Kim Jong Un and snapped a photo with Meryl Streep. She reappeared later in the show to "criticise" the ceremony before marching off stage in high-step.
"We got a lot of weird emails that can't get out," the women jokingly told Streep to get her to pose for the photo.
Cecil B. DeMille Award recipient George Clooney used both humor and a somber message after accepting the award. Clooney joked about the Sony hack, which included the disclosure of emails of studio officials criticising top stars, and the awkward situation the Globes presented.
Clooney ended his remarks by paying tribute to demonstrations in support of victims of the Paris terrorist attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and subsequent hostage crisis.
"They didn't march in protest," he said. "They marched in support of the idea that we will not walk in fear. We won't do it. Je Suis Charlie."
Other stars used the slogan on the red carpet and in remarks during the show.
Allegations that Cosby drugged and sexually abused several women weren't off limits either.
Poehler turned the traditional introduction of notable films that is standard in many awards shows as an opportunity to jab Cosby, who is accused of drugging and raping more than 15 women. Cosby has denied many of the claims, but has also joked about the allegations during a recent show in Canada.
Here are their 10 best jokes and what a goodbye this is! This is the last year that the witty duo is hosting Golden Globes. We will mis you guys...
1. Fey: Good evening and welcome you bunch of despicable, spoilt minimally talented brats.
2. Fey: Tonight we celebrate all the great television shows that we know and love as well as all the movies that North Korea was OK with.
3. Poehler: Boyhood proves that there are still great roles for women over 40 as long as you get hired when you’re under 40.
4. Fey: Joaquin Phoenix is nominated for Inherent Vice, but obviously he isn't here tonight because he has said publicly that awards shows are total and utter bullsh— oh hey, Joaquin! There you are!
5. Poehler: Steve Carell is here tonight, for Foxcatcher. In Foxcatcher, Steve Carell plays a paranoid, murderous billionaire. The role was a stretch for Carell who in real life is a paranoid, murderous millionaire.
6. Fey: George Clooney married Amal Alamuddin this year. Amal is a human rights lawyer who worked on the Enron case, was an adviser to Kofi Annan regarding Syria, and was selected for a three-person UN commission investigating rules of war violations in the Gaza Strip. So tonight, her husband is getting a lifetime achievement award.
7. Poehler: In Into the Woods, Cinderella runs from her prince, Rapunzel is thrown from a tower for her prince, and Sleeping Beauty just thought she was getting coffee with Bill Cosby.
8. Fey: This next presenter is a woman who’s known by only one name: Winfrey!
9. Poehler: The biggest story in Hollywood this year was when North Korea threatened an attack if Sony Pictures released The Interview, forcing us all to pretend we wanted to see it.
10. Fey: North Korea referred to The Interview as ‘absolutely intolerable’ and a ‘wanton act of terror.’ Even more amazing, not the worst review the movie got.