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Mon January 14, 2013
Golden Globes' Punchlines Parody Boston
Were you too wrapped up in the glory of the Patriots’ win to watch the Golden Globes last night? If so, you missed a tribute to Boston culture under the glow of a Hollywood spotlight.
Taking the stage after Ben Affleck’s Best Director win for "Argo," Golden Globes co-host Amy Poehler addressed Affleck in a flawless Boston accent, saying, “I’m from Boston too…You’re not better than me.”
Affleck grew up in Cambridge, where he attended Cambridge Ringe and Latin with later “Good Will Hunting” collaborator Matt Damon. Poehler, who was also a nominee for Best Actress in a TV Series — Comedy or Musical for her role in "Parks and Recreation," was born in Newton and raised in Burlington.
Not surprisingly given their history collaborating on Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update, Poehler and co-host Tina Fey didn’t shy away from jokes. Fey encouraged Taylor Swift to take “some me time,” and Poehler called President Clinton “Hillary Clinton’s husband.”
Fey also poked fun at Boston during her opening monologue — joking that after setting his first two films in Boston, Affleck chose to set "Argo" in Iran because it's "friendlier to outsiders."
WATCH: Amy Poehler and Tina Fey’s Opening Monologue
Poehler and Fey's punchlines weren't the first time Boston has been celebrated on the Golden Globes stage. Martin Scorcese won Best Director for Boston-based film “The Departed” in 2007, and in 1998 Ben Affleck and Matt Damon won Best Screenplay for the aforementioned Boston opus “Good Will Hunting.” Sean Penn also won Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama for “Mystic River” in 2004.
Strangely, "Fever Pitch" was never nominated.
See all of last night's winners here.
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