Whether this year will return the Globes to their more lighthearted celebrations will rest partly with its unexpected pairing of Andy Samberg and "Killing Eve" star Sandra Oh, who on Thursday was nominated for best actress in a TV series drama.
"Sandra and Andy are the ideal choices to host this world-class event", said Paul Telegdy and George Cheeks, Co-Chairmen, NBC Entertainment. However, they both feature dark and tragic subject matter, so they're not entirely comedic, even if they're filled with, say, flashes of Freddie Mercury's brilliantly flippant and sarcastic wit and life-affirming moments within both films.
Both Samberg and Oh have had a pretty fantastic year on television in 2018.
The HFPA displayed their preference for global fare with nominations for the sleek and witty BBC America series "Killing Eve". Samberg won two Globes in 2014 for "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" as a producer for best television series - musical or comedy, and best actor in a television series - musical or comedy.
The Hulu series based on Margaret Atwood's novel has been an awards darling since the beginning, and even became the first streaming series to win the Golden Globe for best television series in its first year.
While the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a collection of 88 mostly lesser-known freelance film journalists, is known for its quirkier selections and categorizations ("Get Out" previous year slotted in as a comedy), few saw the resounding success of "Vice" coming.
"Maniac": With an all-star cast including Emma Stone, Jonah Hill and Justin Theroux, it was easy to assume that Netflix's "Maniac" may have received some love from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association on Thursday.
Samberg has previously hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2015 and the Film Independent Spirit Awards in 2013.
The Golden Globe nominations came down this morning and you guys, who is going to tell the HFPA that they forgot about Atlanta?
The Golden Globe Awards, like many shows of its kind, is caught up in a downward spiral of viewer indifference.
The show will be up against queer favourite Killing Eve for best TV drama, which also saw Sandra Oh get a nomination for best actress in a TV drama.
Ryan Gosling: Gosling has previously been nominated for five Golden Globes. The pair presented an award together at the Emmy Awards in September. His cop comedy "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" makes its NBC premiere - after five seasons on Fox - on January 10, just four days after the Globes. NBC picked it up a few days later.