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Why the Golden Globes Will Be the Most Fun Awards Show of the Season

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The Academy Awards announced its nominations Thursday, and everyone's all "Oscar this" and "snub that." But let's not forget about the 70th annual Golden Globes that air this Sunday. Sure, they may be the kid brother to the more prestigious Oscars, but that often works in the Globes' favor. Where the Oscars get bloated and pretentious, the Globes play fast and loose. Here's why you should tune in:

1. The Hosts: Tina Fey & Amy Poehler

Unless one of them is James Franco, two hosts are better than one, especially when they're two of the funniest women people on television.

They're hilarious on their own — just watch 30 Rock and Parks & Rec — and they have a great dynamic together. The strength of their comedic chops saved Baby Mama from being a cliched disaster. Seeing them share the stage will be like watching a vintage 2005 SNL skit. (And they won't have to photobomb each other this year.)

2. The Celebs Get Tanked
While the Oscars have a stuffy air about them, what with everyone sitting all proper while on their most dignified behavior, the Globes have a dinner-party-where-the-first-four-courses-are-cocktails kind of vibe. That's probably because of the open bar situation. As Paz de la Huerta proved, the servers never cut off a celebrity. By the end of the evening it's always fun to play "Spot the Drunk Star" in the crowd. Although, sometimes they don't even wait until they're in the building to kick back a few adult beverages.

3. You Get Tanked
Remember those awesome hosts we mentioned earlier? Well, they don't want a bunch of actors having all the fun, which is why Tina Fey and Amy Poehler developed a Golden Globes drinking game for all of us watching at home. It goes a little something like this:
  • Drink any time an actress cries in a speech.
  • Drink any time you see a person actively not listening to someone onstage.
  • Drink any time someone says, “I didn’t prepare anything!”
  • Take off an article of clothing any time they show Judi Dench.
  • Take off an article of clothing any time Maggie Smith wins.
  • Eat a meatball sub any time someone thanks Harvey Weinstein.
Add your own rules if you want, but chances are this list will leave you pretty tipsy.

4. More Jennifer Lawrence
The young star is the heavy favorite to win Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical. Goldderby.com puts the odds of her winning at 2 to 3, which is to say, bookies think she's a lock. And we hope they're right. Yes, she deserves recognition for her strong performance in Silver Linings Playbook, but mostly we just can't wait to watch her candid acceptance speech. You know, like the one she gave at the People's Choice Awards.

5. The Highly Probable Profanity
Melissa Leo famously dropped an F-Bomb at the 2011 Oscars. But generally speaking, profanity is way more probable at the Golden Globes. While hosting in 2012, Ricky Gervais sarcastically claimed he couldn't understand a "f---king word" of what presenters Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek were saying. Then there's U2 frontman Bono, who uttered the F word while accepting an award in 2002. Hell, even Meryl Streep cut loose last year, letting out an "Oh, s--t" after she forgot to bring her reading glasses on stage. Maybe it's the free booze, or maybe it's the fact that the show is way more laid back than the Oscars. Whatever the case, it's f---king entertaining.

6. All the Bathroom Breaks
Given the high alcohol consumption, there should be long lines for the restroom all evening. If past history is any indication, this could create for a hilarious moment or two. In 1998, Chicago Hope star Christine Lahti was taking a bathroom break while Michael J. Fox announced she had won Best Actress in a TV Drama. Three years later, Renee Zellweger took an ill-timed trip to the loo just as Hugh Grant named her Best Actress in a Motion Picture or Musical. As the cameras panned to nobody, Grant was left to ad lib. "Where is she? She's under the table? Renee is drunk, ladies and gentlemen." No, she was just in the bathroom.

7. It's Hard to Pick a Winner
With less than 100 members of the foreign press voting — compare this with the thousands of Academy members — it's never easy to predict a winner. While Jennifer Lawrence seems like a lock to win Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy, it's tough to say how the rest of the show will pan out. Will a French journalist fully appreciate a film that revolves heavily around the NFL (Silver Linings Playbook)? Or will he ignore the inexplicable British accents and vote for Les Miserables? Do all the members of the foreign press speak English? Or did they just call their Canadian friends and ask for advice? All of these variables make the Globes way more fun to watch.

8. Priceless Reactions
Need we remind you that the Golden Globes gave us these gems:

And, of course, our favorite:

Contributor: Adam Wenger
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