SNL re­turn could lift Mur­phy to Globes win

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Could a “Satur­day Night Live” host­ing gig help win a Golden Globe?

Ed­die Mur­phy’s highly en­ter­tain­ing re­turn to “SNL” in De­cem­ber may lift him to the best com­edy prize for “Dolemite Is My Name” this week­end. His strong­est com­pe­ti­tion is Leonardo Di­Caprio of “Once Upon a Time … in Hol­ly­wood.”

Both films are about the love of moviemak­ing, and the Golden Globes are ex­pected to spread the awards love at 8 p.m. Sun­day on NBC.

Ricky Ger­vais will bring the edge as host, and he has elec­tri­fied the Globes with his brac­ing hu­mor four pre­vi­ous times.

The pre­sen­ters in­clude nom­i­nees Di­Caprio, Brad Pitt, Char­l­ize Theron, Scar­lett Jo­hans­son, Jen­nifer Anis­ton, Reese Wither­spoon, Paul Rudd, Daniel Craig, Mar­got Rob­bie, Cate Blanchett, Kit Har­ing­ton, Rami Malek, Chris­tian Bale and An­to­nio Ban­deras. Also hand­ing out prizes will be Glenn Close, Will Fer­rell, Tif­fany Had­dish, Har­vey Kei­tel, Salma Hayek, Tim Allen and Amy Poehler, an­other per­former who daz­zled as Globes host.

In ca­reer recog­ni­tion, Tom Hanks will re­ceive the Ce­cil B. DeMille Award, and Ellen De­Generes is get­ting the Carol Bur­nett Award. Hanks speaks to NBC’s “To­day” on Mon­day.

There isn’t a lot of sus­pense about this year’s movie awards, so Ger­vais’ quips will be more im­por­tant than usual.

The big movie prizes are likely to go to “The Ir­ish­man” for drama and “Once Upon a Time … in Hol­ly­wood” for com­edy.

Re­nee Zell­weger is a shoo-in for dra­matic ac­tress for play­ing Judy Gar­land in “Judy.” Awk­wa­fina has the edge for com­edy ac­tress for “The Farewell,” and a mem­o­rable speech could boost the co­me­dian’s chances for an Os­car nom­i­na­tion.

The sup­port­ing prizes will be col­lected by Pitt of “Once Upon a Time … in Hol­ly­wood” and Jen­nifer Lopez of “Hustlers.”

The lead ac­tor prizes are more com­pet­i­tive. Mur­phy prob­a­bly has the edge over Di­Caprio. “SNL” was a won­der­ful re­minder of Mur­phy’s abil­i­ties and legacy.

The Hol­ly­wood For­eign Press As­so­ci­a­tion could help An­to­nio Ban­deras’s Os­car chances for “Pain and Glory” with the prize for dra­matic ac­tor. It’s ca­reer-best work for the Span­ish ac­tor, and it’s less con­tro­ver­sial than Joaquin Phoenix’s work in “Joker.”

More likely wins: “Parasite” for for­eign lan­guage film and “Toy Story 4” for an­i­mated film. If Martin Scors­ese (“The Ir­ish­man”) and Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time”) split the vote for di­rec­tor, South Korea’s Bong Joon Ho could tri­umph for “Parasite.”

The TV awards don’t gen­er­ate as much at­ten­tion, but the mix­ing of TV and film per­form­ers makes the Globes a loopy, fre­quently joy­ous event. And who doesn’t need some joy th­ese days?

FRANÇOIS DUHAMEL/AP

Ed­die Mur­phy is a Golden Globe nom­i­nee for “Dolemite Is My Name.”

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