The Golden Globes kicks off a pandemic-era Hollywood awards season on Sunday after a year that upended the entertainment industry and saw celebrities on red carpets renewed with webcams on sofas. Yet somehow the show is going on, nonetheless of the chummy gala dinners, hordes of photographers, and maker gowns associated with the celebration of the year’s best films and TV shows.
The ceremony, to be published live on NBC television, will take place for the first time on two coasts, with comedians Tina Fey hosting from New York and Amy Poehler hosting from Beverly Hills, California. Some of the presenters, including Michael Douglas and his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, will come up in person, but the nominees will attend from their homes or other locations around the world, Reuter.com reports.
Tom O’Neill, the founder of awards prediction website Goldderby.com, said Fey and Poehler were excellent hosts for unusual times.
“They are snarky, lovable, and mean, and they are fantastic entertainers. They are also good at handling those inevitable fiasco moments,” O’Neill said.
Yet Sunday’s show will be a far cry from the usual boozy dinner in a Beverly Hills hotel where A-listers chatter and exchange hugs with friends old and new.
“The Globes have traditionally been more fun than the Oscars in terms of the telecast. They are looser and funnier, and everyone’s drinking and it felt a little more unpredictable,” said Alison Willmore, film critic at entertainment website Vulture.com.
“When there is magic in awards shows, it comes from everyone being in the same room together,” she added.
The coronavirus pandemic not only shut down movie theatres and encouraged studios to shift dozens of releases into late 2021 or 2022, but it also led to the postponement of awards shows and whirled them into socially turned away affairs, aso Naija gathered.