(CNN) — Welcome to the 2014 Golden Globes.
Celebrities made their way down the red carpet at the Beverly Hilton in their finest finery — dodging some stains left by a sprinkler malfunction. Among the fashion highlights: A revealing Amy Adams (a low-cut gown reminiscent of her outfits in “American Hustle”) and Lupita Nyong’o of “12 Years a Slave.” Asked whether she felt pressure about choosing a dress, Nyong’o shook her head. “I only wear things that speak to me,” she said.
There were questions about the awards themselves: Will best drama go to “12 Years a Slave” or “Gravity”? Will 77-year-old Robert Redford pick up a Globe for best actor in a drama — his first Globe since winning new star of the year for 1965’s “Inside Daisy Clover”? Will Steve McQueen (“12 Years”) or Alfonso Cuaron (“Gravity” ) or David O. Russell (“American Hustle”) pick up the best director Globe?
But the main question was more basic: How will Tina and Amy do?
That would be Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the hosts of this year’s Hollywood Foreign Press Association shindig, who set a high bar for hosting after their job at last year’s Golden Globes.
Fey and Poehler kept the audience — both the one inside the Beverly Hilton and the worldwide television audience — laughing with their jabs at nominees, previous host Ricky Gervais (who’d been criticized as mean-spirited) and the general loosey-goosey (alcoholic) spirit of the Globes, which prominently feature an open bar.
“Meryl Streep is not here tonight,” said Poehler at one point. “She has the flu — and I hear she’s amazing in it.”
The 71st annual Golden Globe Awards will air from the Beverly Hilton beginning at 8 p.m. ET.