Are you ready for the strangest awards season of all time? Well, it’s getting real with tonight’s Golden Globes.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are hosting the hybrid virtual/in-person broadcast, with Fey in New York City and Poehler in L.A. Haven’t seen any of this movie’s major contenders yet, like “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” “Mank” or “Nomadland”? (Fun fact: They’re now on Netflix and Hulu respectively.) No problem, because tonight’s awards show will begin to show who’s hot and who’s not on the race to April’s Academy Awards.
Here are updates on live winners, highlights and news from Globes night:
Golden Globes 2021 predictions:Who will win – and who should?
How to watch:Everything you need to know about the hybrid Golden Globes show
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler take on COVID, HFPA in their opening monologue
Fey and Poehler open the show taking on COVID-era life, the lack of Black members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (“You guys have to change that,” Fey warned), and the fact that “smoking hot” first responders are in the live bicoastal audience instead of the usual A-listers like Meryl Streep and Brad Pitt. “Thank you for being here so the celebrities can be at home,” Fey said. The twosome also ran down a bunch of the nominated movies in play, like Pixar’s animated “Soul,” where a Black character’s soul gets put into a cat. “The HFPA really responded to the movie because they do have five cat members,” said Fey (who actually stars in Soul”).
Golden Globes fashion is still fierce, even virtually
Even though it’s not a traditional carpet at the virtual Globes, those “attending” like Sarah Hyland, Angela Bassett and Amanda Seyfried still manage to look stunning. Check out our gallery of their 2021 awards style:
Pre-show with Jane Lynch, Susan Kelechi Watson honors Chadwick Boseman
With no red carpet this year, Jane Lynch and Susan Kelechi Watson (“This Is Us”) are anchoring NBC’s preshow and interviewing celebrities virtually, including Globe nominees Carey Mulligan and Leslie Odom Jr. as well as “Law & Order” star Christopher Meloni. Meloni shared a memory of meeting the late Chadwick Boseman, a Globe nominee for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” when getting “baseball lessons” on the set of “42.”
“He was doing batting practice and I was hitting grounders to some stunt guys and I didn’t know him. I walked up to him and I introduced myself. I was so happy for him, a young man, chance of a lifetime playing Jackie Robinson,” Meloni said. “Not only was he a great actor but he was an even better human being. His passing affected me deeply.”
Spike Lee’s children are this year’s Golden Globes ambassadors
While Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods” may have been snubbed by the Globes, at least his family wasn’t: Last month, Lee’s kids were named ambassadors for Sunday’s ceremony. Satchel, 26, and Jackson, 23, are the children of the director and his wife, producer Tonya Lewis Lee, who married in 1993. They are the first siblings of color to be named Globes ambassadors, and Jackson is the first Black male ambassador.
Could Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘Borat’ sequel have the last Globes laugh?
The original “Borat” won star Sacha Baron Cohen a Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy or musical in 2007. Could its sequel have a “very nice” night Sunday? It’s possible. Cohen is nominated again in the same category for “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” his scene-stealing co-star Maria Bakalova (best known for that cringe-y episode with Rudy Giuliani) is up for best comedy actress, and the movie’s a strong contender for best comedy or musical.
Jane Fonda thanks fellow Globes honoree Norman Lear for help
On Sunday night, two Hollywood legends will receive special achievement honors at the Globes: Normal Lear is getting the Carol Burnett Award while Jane Fonda is the latest recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award. In a virtual discussion last week, Fonda thanked Lear for lending her a hand during the fallout from her 1972 trip to North Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
“At the height of my being ‘controversial’ and I wasn’t getting hired very much, you invited me to be to be on stage with John Wayne” for the launch of the advocacy group People for the American Way, said Fonda. “That meant the world to me, because that was not happening to me very often then. You went out of your way to send me a signal that I was still acceptable in the Hollywood crowd.”
We miss the red carpet at the Globes, too
Unfortunately, fashionistas don’t have a lot to look forward to with no traditional red carpet at this year’s Globes – and probably for most of the awards shows this season. For a high fashion fix, check out our gallery of the best Globes gowns ever.
Glenn Close is favored yet again for Netflix’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy’
So what if the Netflix drama didn’t get great reviews? You can never count out Close, an awards-season fave. Transformed into a tough-love grandma, Close is a strong contender to win her fourth career Globe. The supporting-actress category also includes Olivia Colman (“The Father”), Jodie Foster (“The Mauritanian”), Amanda Seyfried (“Mank”) and Helena Zengel (“News of the World”).
What’s the Globes controversy over voting?
On its biggest night, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association – the group behind the Golden Globes – will also have to weather the fallout from the revelation via the Los Angeles Times this past week that the organization doesn’t have any Black members. (The last time a Black person was counted among its ranks: 1987.) It’s a problem that looks even worse when one considers snubs of “Da 5 Bloods” and other Black-led movies in the Globes’ best picture categories.
On Friday, the advocacy organization Time’s Up launched the #TIMESUPGlobes alongside a graphic that reads, “Hollywood Foreign Press Association: Not a Single Black Member Out of 87.” And many Hollywood personalities shared the protest on social media, including Shonda Rhimes, Ava DuVernay, Judd Apatow and Sterling K. Brown. “Having a multitude of Black presenters does not absolve you of your lack of diversity,” Brown said Saturday on Instagram. “This is your moment to do the right thing. It is my hope that you will.”
It’s hard to imagine Fey and Poehler won’t take aim at the issue in their opening monologue. Meanwhile, the HFPA has said it will address the controversy during Sunday’s awards broadcast.
Is Chadwick Boseman bound for posthumous Oscar glory?
Usually, at least one actor runs the table at the Globes, Screen Actors Guild and Oscars, and 2021 could be it for Boseman, who died last year at age 43 of colon cancer. His nominated role for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” is a highlight in a career cut short early and he’s favorite at Sunday’s Globes. Only two other actors have posthumous Academy Awards – Peter Finch in 1977 for “Network” and Heath Ledger in 2009 for “The Dark Knight” – and both also took home Globes that same year.
Globes hosts and presenters will be live, winners are at home
Due to COVID, this year’s show will look very different than usual. The hosts will be bicoastal – Fey at the Rainbow Room in New York City, Poehler at the Los Angeles’ Beverly Hilton – as will the bevy of presenters. That group includes Awkwafina, Kevin Bacon, Michael Douglas, Tiffany Haddish, Kate Hudson, Joaquin Phoenix, Margot Robbie, Kristen Wiig, Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
The nominees, however, will be all over the world and making their victory speeches virtually, be it in their tux or pajamas.
What time are the Golden Globes?
If you’re old school, the three-hour Globes ceremony airs live on NBC at 8 ET/PT. If you’d rather stream the show, it’s also available on the Roku Channel, Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, AT&T TV, Sling TV and Fubo TV. (If they’re new to you, check out and see which have free trials.) And if you’re just too busy on Sunday, the Globes will stream Monday on NBC/Universal’s Peacock service.