Awards season this year is going to be very different than what we’re used to. The Academy Awards are on April 25, which is about two months later than we’d normally be watching them. Your usual Oscar party with movie-themed appetizers is probably going to be pared down to a pizza at home with your partner, roommates, or pet. The red carpet won’t be flooded with celebrities mingling mask-less. How do we know this? The 78th annual Golden Globes, which are tonight (Sunday, Feb. 28) are going to be bicoastal and hybrid in-person/digital.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are hosting together for the fourth time (they last teamed up six years ago, in 2015), but they will be doing so remotely. Fey will be in the Rainbow Room in New York City, and Poehler will be hosting from the Beverly Hilton, where the awards usually take place.
Usually, the Globes is the show where the booze is flowing and the speeches reflect that, and the event usually takes place at the start of the new year. In 2021, they’re happening at the end of February, when Oscar weekend would normally be underway.
But the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which hosts and votes on the Globes, is again under fire for its shadowy voting procedures and the lack of diversity in this year’s nominees. On Feb. 21, the Los Angeles Times published a report about possible ethical misconduct within the organization, including the news that 30 HFPA members were flown to the set of Emily in Paris in 2019 and “treated…like kings and queens.” This could explain why Emily in Paris might’ve received awards nods over groundbreaking shows such as I May Destroy You. Another report revealed the HFPA has zero Black members.
So yes, this awards show is 100 percent deserving of your raised eyebrows. But even still, it’s nice to know which movies will likely remain in the awards season conversation in 2021. It’s been one hell of a year, too; Poehler and Fey are exactly the people we need to put a smile back on our faces.
Here’s how you can watch tonight.
What time does the Golden Globes start?
The actual show starts at 8 p.m. EST and 5 p.m. PST. If you’re the kind of person who likes to start watching everything you can of the pre-show, tune in at 4 p.m. EST and 1 p.m. PST on E! You can catch the pre-show itself at the official @GoldenGlobes Twitter account and on the HFPA website at 6:30 p.m. EST and 3:30 PST.
How can you watch?
NBC is broadcasting the awards show; the network also has a pre-show hosted by Jane Lynch and Susan Kelechi Watson. That pre-show starts at 7 p.m. EST, p.m. PST. If you have a cable login, you can stream the pre-show and awards show on NBC.com/live.
Depending on where you live and if you have a subscription, you can stream the event on Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, FuboTV, Sling TV, or AT&T TV Now. All these platforms have free trials for first-time users, too.
Will there be a red carpet?
Nope. If you watch the pre-show coverage on E!, though, they’ll do their best to make you feel that awards-show glow with nominee interviews. Per Deadline, Giuliana Rancic and Queer Eye‘s Karamo Brown will include live interviews from the Beverly Hilton.
What makes this worth watching, anyway?
Two big movies to watch out for this year are David Fincher’s Mank (Netflix) and Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix). Nomadland is director Chloé Zhao’s third feature film, and her Best Director nomination makes her the first Asian woman to be nominated in that category. Chadwick Boseman, who died last year at the age of 42, is also up for Best Actor in a Motion Picture for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, his final role.
Regina King’s One Night in Miami was snubbed for Best Drama, but she did get a Best Director nod for her directorial debut. The Crown‘s Emerald Fennell also received recognition for her work as director of Promising Young Woman. The groundbreaking revenge film received four total Golden Globe nominations.
Every year, an actor who’s been in the industry for decades receives the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement. In 2017, Meryl Streep used her time onstage with the award to champion “Hollywood, foreigners, and the press,” whom she recognizaed as three of Donald Trump’s known adversaries.
This year should be no different as far as political activism goes. Jane Fonda, one of the most prominent activists in Hollywood (recently known for her Fire Drill Fridays and climate activism) is receiving the lifetime achievement award. Get ready for a classic passionate Fonda moment.
To that end, celebrities like to use their platforms to speak out about what’s going on in the world. This year, Feeding America has signed on as a philanthropic partner of the show, and throughout the night, the organization will inform those watching of its efforts during the pandemic, per EW.
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