Special moments coming up at Golden Globes
‘A Star is Born’ could win big – unless ‘Black Panther’ rules
Carol Burnett, star of a much-loved 1960s and ’70s variety show, will be among those honored.
Why should you watch Sunday’s 76th annual Golden Globe Awards? We lay out five big reasons.
❚ Everyone’s got skin in this game: Chances are you’ve seen at least some of the major players competing at the Globes this year. Blockbusters abound: From “Black Panther,” “A Star Is Born” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” competing for best drama to “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Mary Poppins Returns” adding shine to the best comedy or musical race, there’s something for everyone at this year’s ceremony. (Expect powerful moments celebrating Hollywood inclusion should “Crazy Rich Asians” or “Black Panther” win big.)
On to the TV side of things. The Globes prides itself on getting a spotlight on freshman shows first, which could pull favor toward series like Netflix’s Michael Douglas comedy “The Kominsky Method” or Hugh Grant’s new Amazon miniseries “A Very English Scandal.” The TV drama race is even more intense, with hits like Julia Roberts’ Amazon show “Homecoming,” the Ryan Murphy series “Pose” and Sandra Oh’s “Killing Eve” in contention against the critically acclaimed FX series “The Americans,” which just closed out its sixth and final season.
❚ Measure Oscar hopes for “A Star Is Born”: Remember when Lady Gaga won her first Golden Globe for “American Horror Story”? Well, the stakes are higher this year, finding the freshly minted movie star competing against Glenn Close (“The Wife”), Nicole Kidman (“Destroyer”), Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”) and Rosamund Pike (“A Private War”). “A Star Is Born” heads into the Globes with four other nominations, including best drama, best director and actor for Bradley Cooper, and best song, “Shallow.” Count these wins: If “Star” does well Sunday, it will gain footing in an Oscar best picture race that still somehow lacks a front-runner.
❚ Two new hosts with the most: Speaking of “Killing Eve,” Oh is co-hosting Sunday’s show with “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” funnyman Andy Samberg ( Samberg’s cop comedy moves from Fox to the Peacock next Thursday). The Globes hasn’t had a cohosting team since Tina Fey and Amy Poehler wrapped their duties in 2015. Oh and Samberg warmed up their act presenting at last year’s Emmys.
❚ It’s a fashion extravaganza: This awards show is always a fun, boozy star parade that keeps the champagne flowing – not to mention a killer, couture-filled red carpet. A-list presenters include new mama Jessica Chastain, Halle Berry, Idris Elba, Dick Van Dyke, Harrison Ford, Taraji P. Henson and Mike Myers.
❚ Comedy queen Carol Burnett will be crowned: Jeff Bridges will take home the Cecil B. DeMille Award for career achievement in film, while five-time Globe winner Carol Burnett will accept the inaugural Carol Burnett Award, which will henceforth denote achievement in television. We can only imagine the comedians fighting over the opportunity to introduce the trailblazing comic. Paging ... Mrs. Maisel? (The Rachel Brosnahan-led show enters Sunday’s race with three big nominations, including best comedy or musical series.)
Carol Burnett will get the first Carol Burnett Award.
Lady Gaga picked up a Globes nomination for her star-making role in “A Star is Born.”