Spe­cial mo­ments com­ing up at Golden Globes

‘A Star is Born’ could win big – un­less ‘Black Pan­ther’ rules

USA TODAY Weekend Extra - - FRONT PAGE - An­drea Man­dell

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.)

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Carol Bur­nett will get the first Carol Bur­nett Award.

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Lady Gaga picked up a Globes nom­i­na­tion for her star-mak­ing role in “A Star is Born.”

Andy Sam­berg

San­dra Oh

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