You're blissed out with gifts, your mom's been bringing you breakfast in bed every day, and you've eaten your own body weight in chocolate. How could the most decadent time of year get even better? Anna Kendrick and Steve Carell will be Golden Globes presenters in 2017 — something that makes all sorts of sense, given both presenters' personal connection with the award ceremony. But it's worth clarifying: Kendrick and Carell are just presenting, not hosting. That honor is reserved for Jimmy Fallon, who will be taking the reins when the show drops on Sunday, Jan. 8, at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
So since Fallon is master of ceremonies, presumably the announcement signals Kendrick and Carell will be presenting just one of the awards on the night. The ceremony's choice of presenters isn't entirely surprising. Kendrick was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress In A Motion Picture Golden Globe in 2010 for her performance in Up In The Air, so she has some history with the ceremony. Carell makes even more sense for the presenting role since he's been nominated a crazy eight times for a Golden Globe and even won once.
Specifically, Carell was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Comedy or Musical for his work in The Office six times and won the category once, in 2006. He was also nominated in the same category for The Big Short in 2016 and received a nomination in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama category for Foxcatcher in 2015.
On a practical level, this implies that the pair are ideally suited to the awards. Like the current nominees, they can relate to the heady excitement of scoring a nomination and Carell can relate to the joy of actually winning his very own Golden Globe, which suggests they won't just be good at the cracking jokes part but at actually interacting with the winner.
Besides which, it seems unlikely that Carell will be nervous about presenting, since he's already proved himself in this arena already. He and Tina Fey presented in the Best Screenplay category at the 2011 Golden Globes and were such entertainment dynamite that they ended up reuniting to present together again at the Oscars, where the only thing more lit than their set was Carell's awesome glitter beard.
And Kendrick's not exactly a newbie at the presenting game. She's lent her gracious presence to the 2013 Tony Awards, the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards, the 2014 and 2015 Oscars (kind of — she performed as part of the opening monologue, which isn't not presenting), the 2015 Grammys and 2016 Grammys, at the Oscars at the Hollywood Film Awards 2016. Phew. Given that Carell does so well with a witty woman at his side and Kendrick's basically a part-time awards presenter in her time away from acting, I'm guessing the pairing will be equally watchable onstage — especially since Kendrick also traffics in the quirky, smart brand of comedy we associate with Fey.
So, sure, it may not be the most surprising news, given the pair’s prestigious history with the Golden Globes and with presenting in general. But given their resumes, this is extremely welcome, and I can’t wait to see how sparky their inevitable comic chemistry is.