Globes partners Hollywood Foreign Press Association, producers Dick Clark Productions and broadcaster NBC took quite a while to nail down the duo. Samberg, whose comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine is set to relaunch on NBC after five seasons on Fox, comes to the film-and-television kudocast with a hosting résumé that includes a warmly received go at the 2015 Emmys. As for Oh, she may seem like an unexpected choice, but the Grey’s Anatomy alum delivered one of the most-talked about performances of 2018 on the BBC America dramedy Killing Eve. Oh and Samberg presented together at the 2018 Emmys, in which the duo mocked the Oscars’ La La Land fiasco in one of the night’s better pairings.
“Sandra and Andy are the perfect choices to host this world-class event,” Paul Telegdy and George Cheeks, co-chairmen, NBC Entertainment, said Wednesday in a statement. “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.”
Time was getting tight for the deal, which closed this week. Talks with other talent in recent months went nowhere, and not helping the search was the fact that NBC’s new rights deal with the HFPA (an eight-year pact that didn’t formally coming together until September) took longer than expected. There was even a point where many suggested that the 2019 Golden Globes have no host at all, as was the case in all but one telecast prior to 2010.