Golden view­ing

Sun­day night’s Golden Globes to of­fer galaxy of stars, even if they lack the Force

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Sun­day night’s Golden Globes to of­fer galaxy of stars, even if they lack the Force.

The 73rd an­nual Golden Globes will hope its as­sem­blage of Hol­ly­wood stars, from Jen­nifer Lawrence to Leonardo DiCaprio, will be enough to off­set the ab­sence of a dif­fer­ent kind of star.

Though “Star Wars” is again pack­ing movie the­atres and smash­ing box of­fice records, J.J. Abrams' “The Force Awak­ens” will be a con­spic­u­ous out­sider at Sun­day night's Globes, which an­nounced nom­i­na­tions a few days be­fore the film was screened in mid-De­cem­ber. That, surely, will be one of the things host Ricky Ger­vais nee­dles the Hol­ly­wood For­eign Press As­so­ci­a­tion about at the Bev­erly Hills, Calif., cer­e­mony, which kicks off at 8 p.m. EST, tele­cast live on NBC.

Ger­vais will host for the fourth time, re­turn­ing af­ter a much­lauded three-year stint by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Af­ter a 10year rat­ings high three years ago, view­er­ship has dipped slightly since, with an au­di­ence of 19.3 mil­lion tun­ing in last year.

That, though, is still very strong for the Golden Globes, which have worked to shed an im­age of ec­cen­tric selections made by a group of lit­tle-known in­ter­na­tional jour­nal­ists. The Globes have in­stead grown into one of the most pop­u­lar award show broad­casts of the year, thanks to in­creas­ingly cred­i­ble nom­i­nees, its trade­mark laid­back at­mos­phere and its unique po­si­tion as a ma­jor awards show that hon­ours both film and tele­vi­sion.

Go­ing into Sun­day night, Todd Haynes' 1950s ro­mance “Carol” leads all nom­i­nees with five nods, in­clud­ing best pic­ture (drama) and best ac­tress for both of its leads, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. In the best pic­ture cat­e­gory, it will com­pete with “Spot­light,” ”The Revenant,“”Room“and ”Mad Max: Fury Road.“

Adam McKay's fi­nance farce “The Big Short” tops the com­edy side with four nom­i­na­tions, in­clud­ing best pic­ture (com­edy) and nods for Steve Carell and Chris­tian Bale. The cat­e­gory's favourite, though, may be Ri­d­ley Scott's sci-fi ad­ven­ture “The Mar­tian.” The two films are nom­i­nated along­side “Joy,” ”Spy“and ”Trainwreck.“

The Golden Globes have lit­tle cor­re­la­tion with the Academy Awards, which will an­nounce their nom­i­nees next Thurs­day. But mo­men­tum is a cher­ished com­mod­ity dur­ing awards sea­son - es­pe­cially this year, when the Os­car field is seen by many as wide open, with­out a run­away favourite.

Netflix earned a lead­ing eight nods on the TV side, where nom­i­na­tions were scat­tered across stream­ing ser­vices, broad­cast and ca­ble. Six shows come in tied for the most nom­i­na­tions with three: “Fargo,” ”Mr. Ro­bot,“”Out­lander,“”Trans­par­ent,“”Amer­i­can Crime“and ”Wolf Hall.“

Pre­sen­ters at Sun­day night's Globes will in­clude Jim Car­rey, Amy Adams, He­len Mir­ren, Kurt Rus­sell, Jamie Foxx, Ed­die Red­mayne, Chan­ning Ta­tum and Mel Gib­son, who is re­turn­ing to the Hol­ly­wood spot­light af­ter keep­ing a low pro­file for al­most a decade, fol­low­ing an ex­plo­sive drunken-driv­ing ar­rest and pub­lic cus­tody dis­pute.

AP PHOTO

Ricky Ger­vais, shown this Dec. 15, 2014 file photo, will host the 20th Golden Globe Awards on Sun­day, Jan. 10. Fourth-time host Ger­vais told Ellen DeGeneres on her show that booze gives him courage to make wince-in­duc­ing jokes.

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