On Wednesday, NBC announced that Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg will be co-hosts of the 2019 Golden Globe Awards when the annual gala is held in early January.
Joining a prestigious roster of past hosts including Ricky Gervais, Jimmy Fallon and the dynamic duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the announcement of Oh as co-host is a historic one.
Not only is Oh — a native of Nepean, ON — the first Canadian to ever host the Globes, she’s also the first person of Asian descent to host the annual award show.
“Sandra and Andy are the perfect choices to host this world-class event,” said Paul Telegdy and George Cheeks, co-chairs of NBC Entertainment, in the announcement. “They bring wit, charm and style to a room filled with the very best of film and television. It’s sure to be another unforgettable fun-filled night.”
“We’re excited to welcome Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg as co-hosts of Hollywood’s Party of the Year,” added Meher Tatna, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which has held the Golden Globes each year since 1944. “Both Golden Globe Award recipients have continually showcased their talents in film and television, and we can’t wait see what their undeniable chemistry will bring to the Golden Globes stage.”
The former “Grey’s Anatomy” star — who won a 2006 Golden Globe for her work in the hit medical drama — missed out on making history at the Emmys earlier this year when she failed to win an Outstanding Actress award for her work in critically acclaimed thriller “Killing Eve”, which would have made her the first woman of Asian descent to win an Emmy in the lead actress category.
Oh and Samberg have some history together; the pair co-presented an award at this year’s Emmys, and their award-show chemistry clearly caught the attention of the HFPA.
Check out the Twitter reaction to the Globes’ announcement: