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Golden Globes: What to know about Sunday’s show
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler return as hosts, but in different cities for this hybrid format.
It feels like something of a miracle or a dream, that we are gearing up for the pandemic-delayed 78th annual Golden Globes Sunday.
Understandably, there are many questions about the first major awards show of 2021.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will return to the Golden Globes, hosting for the fourth time, which strikes a return-to-normal feeling. But even their appearances will be on separate stages – in Los Angeles and New York – for the hybrid format in which most of the stars will be remote.
“This is going to be one of those experiences that’s once in a lifetime, hopefully,” said Andra Day, nominated star of “The United States vs. Billie Holiday,” during a pre-show virtual news conference Wednesday.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch Sunday’s Golden Globes:
The Globes air Sunday on NBC
The show will air live coast-to-coast on NBC at 8 EST/5 PST. The three-hour event will be bicoastal – hosted with Fey live from the Rainbow Room in New York City and Poehler from the usual awards home, Los Angeles’ Beverly Hilton. Presenters will introduce awards in person at both locations, but the winners will appear virtually.
The nominees will be watching the show from around the world, prepared to make virtual speeches. Amanda Seyfried, nominated for her supporting role in “Mank,” said she’ll be watching at home from her couch with her family, including her newborn son.
There will be pre-shows – but don’t expect a red carpet parade
The official 2021 Golden Globe Awards pre-show will stream live from the official @GoldenGlobes Twitter account and on the website golden globes.com at 6:30 PM EST/3:30 PST, though expect traditional red carpet coverage to lean into virtual nominee interviews, awards punditry and red carpet history instead. E! is kicking off its coverage at 4 p.m. EST/1 p.m. PST with “Countdown to Live From E! at the Golden Globes,” followed by “Live From E! at the Golden Globes” at 6 p.m. EST/3 p.m. PST.
Presenters will be on stages for the Globes. They include Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Sterling K. Brown, Susan Kelechi Watson, Awkwafina, Cynthia Erivo, Joaquin Phoenix, Kristen Wiig, Renee Zellweger, Annie Mumolo, Kenan Thompson, Tiffany Haddish, Anthony Anderson, Kate Hudson and Margot Robbie.
Spike Lee’s children, Satchel and Jackson Lee, have ceremonial roles as Golden Globe ambassadors.
How you can stream the show
For cord-cutters, the ceremony also will be available on the Roku Channel, Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, AT&T TV, Sling TV, and Fubo TV (many are offering free trials for the uninitiated). The show will be available to stream
Monday on NBC’s Peacock service.
What movies, shows are nominated?
It’s been a difficult year for theatrical releases during the pandemic with many theaters closed across the country for 11 months. This explains how streaming service Netflix took a whopping 42 nominations.
Those include director David Fincher’s “Mank,” with six nominations.
Netflix and director Aaron Sorkin’s courtroom drama “The Trial of the Chicago 7” scored five nominations total. Chloé Zhao’s road movie “Nomadland” took four nominations.
The late Chadwick Boseman is in the running to be honored as best actor for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” Boseman is the favorite in the race with Oldman, Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”), Anthony Hopkins (“The Father”), and Tahar Rahim (“The Mauritanian”).
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association picks the winners
Don’t take this typically boozy awards show too seriously. The HFPA is an oft-criticized, small group of roughly 90 international journalists. However, the Globes broadcast has turned into a momentum builder for films leading into the Oscars, which this year will take place April 25.
The HFPA has been under renewed attention with a Los Angeles Times investigation into the group, highlighting that the voting membership does not include one Black member.
The investigation further revealed several HFPA voting members enjoyed a studio-funded lavish Paris adventure for the critically mixed Netflix series “Emily in Paris,” which garnered two surprise nominations.
Who is receiving honorary awards?
The HFPA is awarding its Cecil B. DeMille award for “outstanding contributions” to Jane Fonda. The Carol Burnett Award, recognizing accomplishments in TV, will go to Norman Lear.