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In a flash, Robbie was handed a sheet of paper for the pair to read.

Overall, the program was fun, fast-moving and refreshingly uncluttered with the usual awards-show dross.

All due respect was paid to Woody Allen (himself predictably a no-show) by Diane Keaton in accepting his Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award. Keaton delivered a mini-seminar on the greatness of Allen’s film career, especially his skill at creating women characters.

Then she wrapped up her tribute in quirky style by saluting her friend of 45 years with a familiar children’s song: “A circle is round, it has no end,” she sang. “That’s how long you’re going to be my friend.”

A comic highlight of the evening was “Mr. Golden Globes.” He was introduced by Fey as “my adult son from a previous relationship” but turned out to be Poehler done up as a fussy lad who groused, “This is stupid! I hate being up here!”

“Don’t you talk to me like that,” Fey shot back. “Do you want to go live with your father?”

“I can’t,” was the churlish reply. “You won’t tell me who it is!”

“Well, he’s here tonight,” snapped Fey. “So look around.”

With hosts like that, it was hard not to look forward to next year’s Globes, when these Golden gals will be back again.

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EDITOR’S NOTE - Frazier Moore is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. He can be reached at fmoore@ap.org and at http://www.twitter.com/tvfrazier