Tina Fey and Amy Poehler did a nice job hosting the first-ever virtually telecast Golden Globes Awards in a huge “consider the circumstances” kind of way.

Sunday night’s broadcast on NBC was, obviously, more technically challenging due to its coronavirus pandemic realities. That was immediately apparent when the audio cut out on Daniel Kaluuya — the very first award winner — leaving presenter Laura Dern momentarily speechless until Kaluuya’s audio returned about 10 seconds later. Awkward.

But, when all was said and done, those technical glitches were few and far between. A lot that could have gone wrong, didn’t. Kudos to the show’s executive producers, who used modern technology cleverly and to the viewers’ advantage almost without skipping a beat.

There were hardly any celebrities at either venue — Fey was at New York’s Rainbow Room in Rockefeller Center, while Poehler hosted from the Beverly Hilton in LA — with first responders comprising the in-studio audiences (a nice touch). The show was much more subdued than usual but, then again, how could it not be? Each year the Globes try too hard to force the “anything-can-happen” vibe (it usually doesn’t); it was a relief to see that forced-gaiety attitude missing Sunday night, thanks to the COVID-era limitations.

And it was no less entertaining.

Fey and Poehler opened the show with a monologue — (sort of) holding hands virtually in a nice use of special effects and getting right to business with a snappy monologue interspersed with shots of celebs at home — including James Corden, Aaron Sorkin and Nicole Kidman, to name a few, and all dressed to the nines. The co-hosts’ different-coast venues actually worked to their advantage, since they were more attentive to cues and only once (slightly) stepped on each other’s lines (when welcoming 98-year-old Norman Lear). They worked together almost as seamlessly as the curtain-backgrounds in both venues.

Fey and Poehler addressed the controversy over the lack of representation among the HFPA members — “90 international (no black) journalists,” as Fey pointed out, “even with stupid things [like the Golden Globes] inclusivity is important” — and gave a shout-out to the “smoking hot first-responders and central workers” in the audience on both coasts, addressing two of this year’s topical issues. Sterling K. Brown also later got into the act: “It’s great to be black … back … at the Golden Globes.” Touché.