Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg have been tapped to co-host the 2019 Golden Globes.
“Sandra and Andy are the perfect choices to host this world-class event,” said Paul Telegdy and George Cheeks, the co-chairmen of NBC Entertainment, in a statement Wednesday. “They bring wit, charm, and style to a room filled with the very best of film and television. Its sure to be another unforgettable, fun-filled night.”
Its a delightful, if surprising duo of previous Golden Globe winners. Oh has had a tremendous year, thanks to her turn in the critically acclaimed series Killing Eve, which she also co-executive produces. Samberg, meanwhile, saw his series Brooklyn Nine-Nine get canceled at Fox, then revived at NBC after fan outrage. The Golden Globes air on NBC, giving the comedian a head start on that victory lap.
This will be both Samberg and Ohs first time hosting the Globes, but neither are strangers to the rigors of a hosting gig. Samberg hosted the 2009 MTV Movie Awards and the 2015 Emmys, while Oh hosted the 2008 Genie Awards in Canada.
The news arrives after much industry prognosticating over whether anyone would (or should, for that matter) host the awards ceremony, which was largely a host-less affair until 2010. The position of emceeing any awards show has long been viewed as a thankless gig, especially as ratings for glitzy affairs dwindle more and more with each passing year. Perhaps the unexpected pairing of Oh and Samberg, two pretty lovable stars, will give the Globes the boost NBC and the H.F.P.A. are looking for.
The news also arrives one day after the Academy announced that Kevin Hart will host next years Oscars. Next years Golden Globes will air on NBC on January 6, while nominations will be announced this Thursday, December 6.
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Yohana DestaYohana Desta is a Hollywood writer for VanityFair.com.