2021 Golden Globes: How to Watch, What to Know

The 2021 awards season is kicking off later this month with the 78th annual Golden Globe Awards.

Like other awards shows that have taken place amid the coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 Golden Globes will be a hybrid in-person and remote ceremony. Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be stationed at New York City’s Rainbow Room and the Beverly Hilton Hotel, respectively, with nominees appearing virtually.

From the list of nominees and presenters to the controversies surrounding the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, here is everything you need to know about the 2021 Golden Globes.

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When are the 2021 Golden Globes?

The 78th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Sunday, Feb. 28, at 8 p.m. EST. The show will be broadcast live by NBC.

The awards show is typically held in January, but it was postponed due to the pandemic.

Who is hosting the 2021 Golden Globes?

Actresses Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be returning to host the Golden Globes for the fourth time. The comedy duo previously hosted the awards ceremony for three years in a row starting in 2013.

Where will the 2021 Golden Globes be held?  

Because of the pandemic, the Golden Globes will be a bicoastal show with Poehler based at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles — where the ceremony has traditionally been held — and Fey at the Rainbow Room in New York City.

Who is nominated for the 2021 Golden Globes? 

2021 Golden Globes: How to Watch, What to Know

Olivia Colman, Emma Corrin and Viola Davis are among the nominees for the 2021 Golden Globes.  AP

Nominations for the 2021 Golden Globes were released on Feb. 3 with Netflix leading the pack with 42 nominations across TV and film. Two of its films were nominated for best motion picture drama: “Mank,” which received six total nominations, and “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” which received five total nominations.

In the television category, Netflix’s “The Crown” received six nominations, including best television drama and two best actress in a drama series nominations for Olivia Colman and Emma Corrin, who play Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana, respectively.

See the full list of 2021 Golden Globes nominations here.

What are the controversies surrounding the nominations list and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association?

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which is behind the awards show, received immediate backlash for its 2021 Golden Globes nominations list, which lacked heavily in diversity across its major categories. Most notably, the nominations list didn’t include several critically acclaimed Black-led films and TV shows in its top honors, such as “Da 5 Bloods,” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and “I May Destroy You.”

The backlash came from viewers and industry insiders, including “Emily in Paris” writer Deborah Copaken, who wrote an op-ed for The Guardian after her show was nominated, explaining her outrage over “I May Destroy You” being snubbed by the HFPA.

“My fury is not just about race. Or even about racial representation in art,” she wrote. “Yes, we need art that reflects all of our colors, not just some. But we also need to give awards to shows (and music and films and plays and musicals) that deserve them, no matter the color of the skin of their creators.

The Los Angeles Times shed light on the HFPA’s glaring oversight with its nominations list in a Feb. 21 article that revealed there are no Black journalists among its 87 members.

The publication also revealed that the organization has a history of shady finances, with board members allowed to receive lavish perks from movie studios and networks.

For instance, the Times’ report reveals that over 30 HFPA members were flown out to France in 2019 to visit the set of “Emily in Paris” and were treated to a two-night stay at the Peninsula Paris Hotel, where rooms start at $1,400 a night. The Netflix show received two nominations for the upcoming Golden Globes.

The report also reveals the organization has been paying its members increasingly large amounts that “some experts say could run afoul of Internal Revenue Service guidelines.” HFPA members received roughly $2 million in compensation in its fiscal year ending in June 2020, which was more than double the level from three years earlier.

Which celebrities are presenting awards?

The Golden Globes revealed its first list of presenters on Feb. 17, which includes several past winners and nominees. Celebrity presenters include Awkwafina, Cynthia Erivo, Joaquin Phoenix, Kristen Wiig, Renée Zellweger and Annie Mumolo.

The HFPA said in January that its 2021 Golden Globes ambassadors will be Satchel and Jackson Lee, the children of director Spike Lee and producer Tonya Lewis Lee. This marks the first time in the show’s history that two siblings of color are taking on the role. The Lee siblings will help give out the awards and will raise awareness for the charities Callen-Lorde, which provides health care to the LGBTQ+ community, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, which works to empower youth.

Who is receiving honorary awards?

The HFPA is awarding its Cecil B. DeMille award to Jane Fonda this year. The association’s third Carol Burnett Award, which recognizes accomplishments in television, will go to actor Norman Lear. 

Will there be an in-person ceremony?

Like other awards shows that have taken place during the pandemic, the 2021 Golden Globes will be a hybrid in-person and remote telecast.

According to a report by Variety, Golden Globes producers have asked presenters to appear in person at the Rainbow Room or Beverly Hilton, following the practice seen at last year’s Emmy Awards. It is expected that nominees will appear virtually.

Will there be a pre-show?

“HFPA Presents: Globes Countdown Live” will air before the 2021 Golden Globes starting at 6:30 p.m. EST on the Golden Globes Twitter account. The 90-minute pre-show will be hosted by actress Sofia Carson and “Access Hollywood” reporter Zuri Hall, who will conduct celebrity interviews virtually. It is unclear if there will be any red carpet coverage.

How can I watch the 2021 Golden Globes?

Viewers can watch the 2021 Golden Globes live on NBC, on the NBC website or app.

The awards show can also be streamed through services such as Hulu+, AT&T TV Now, Fubo TV, Sling TV, YouTube TV and Locast.

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