The Golden Globes have all the time been a peculiar ritual. The statues are awarded by a clandestine group of international journalists, solely 89 of whom vote. Top prizes are cut up into dramatic and comedic classes, usually in confounding methods. Rather bizarrely, foreign-language movies are usually not allowed to compete for essentially the most prestigious awards.
This yr, nevertheless, the surreal nature of the affair has been heightened by a pandemic-era query: The Globes are literally occurring?
The 5 nominees for finest drama might simply have ticket gross sales of zero. Almost each movie in rivalry has been launched on-line or continues to be awaiting launch. Many cinemas have now been closed for 11 months.
For lots of people, together with some in Hollywood, it’s laborious to care about little golden trophies at a time when the coronavirus is still killing greater than 1,000 Americans a day. Others will undoubtedly welcome the Golden Globes as a foolish distraction — the dependable balm of movie star self-involvement and did-you-see-that-ugly-outfit schadenfreude.
Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will return as hostesses. The ceremony is deliberate for Feb. 28 and shall be proven on NBC.
The Globes ostensibly exist to honor excellence in films and tv. But the actual motive this present should go on entails cash. NBC pays the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and its producing companion, Dick Clark Productions, an estimated $65 million a year for broadcast rights. About 18 million folks tuned in final yr.
Globe nominations are coveted advertising instruments; studios and streaming providers will shortly roll out costly advert campaigns based mostly on the tallies. For the primary time because the pandemic started, moviedom could have a nationwide platform to make use of as a pep rally: “I’m Still Here!”
The Globes may additionally assist steer an adrift Oscar race onto some form of course. (The Oscars are deliberate for April 25.) David Fincher’s fading “Mank,” about Old Hollywood, might use a Globe nomination or 5 proper about now. While “Hillbilly Elegy” was widely mocked, Globes voters might conceivably give Glenn Close a carry by recognizing her scenery-gnawing Mamaw. (It can be her 15th nomination.)
In reality, the Globes are usually not predictive of a lot. Over the final 20 years, the Globes and the Oscars have agreed on finest image winners 50 p.c of the time. Last yr, Globe voters chose “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” and the struggle drama “1917” as finest in school. Neither received on the Academy Awards, which recognized the genre-busting “Parasite.”
In holding with its guidelines, the group didn’t nominate “Parasite,” a foreign-language movie, for a finest image Globe.
What maddening peculiarities await this time round, when the nominations are introduced Wednesday beginning at 8:35 a.m. Eastern:
Streaming providers, together with Netflix and Amazon, will cleared the path.
Netflix, solely a competitor on the film facet of the Globes since 2016, will dominate to a jaw-dropping diploma. It has homegrown movies in rivalry — “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “Mank,” “Da 5 Bloods,” “The Prom” — in addition to movies that it purchased from pandemic-stricken conventional studios, particularly Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” Among the tv classes, the streaming service has established crowd pleasers (“The Crown,” “Ozark”) and glossy, new hits (“Bridgerton,” “The Queen’s Gambit.”)
Amazon may even obtain an armload of nominations, with Regina King’s “One Night in Miami,” a fact-based drama a few assembly of 4 Black luminaries, positioned to choose up nods for finest drama, director, screenplay and supporting actor (for Leslie Odom Jr., who performs Sam Cooke). And Globe voters will certainly honor “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” which arrived on Amazon Prime Video in October, in the very best comedy or musical class, amongst others.
Some prognosticators are also betting that Amazon’s irreverent superhero collection “The Boys” will obtain a nomination for finest tv drama, which might be an enormous deal as a result of the favored present, now in its second season, has principally been ignored by awards teams.
Expect a various slate of administrators to be nominated.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has come beneath assault lately for failing to concentrate to inclusion and variety. At the newest ceremony, as an illustration, the group put ahead — but once more — an all-male slate of directors, failing to appoint ladies like Greta Gerwig (“Little Women”) and Olivia Wilde (“Booksmart”).
Expect a corrective this yr. It seems like each King and Chloé Zhao (“Nomadland”) are going to get acknowledged. Adding to that blend is more likely to be Spike Lee for “Da 5 Bloods.” The struggle drama generated a robust essential response, and Lee has been nominated thrice earlier than by the group (most lately for steering “BlacKkKlansman”).
And, this yr, his youngsters, Satchel and Jackson, will function Golden Globe Ambassadors, a job that historically entails escorting winners off the stage. It wouldn’t be a household affair if Spike wasn’t there too.
Sophia Loren and Zendaya might compete within the actress classes.
The finest actor in a drama class may additionally mirror a broad vary of skills, with Chadwick Boseman (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”), Steven Yeun (“Minari”), Delroy Lindo (“Da 5 Bloods”), Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”) and Anthony Hopkins (“The Father”) all within the combine for nominations. Tom Hanks might rise for his “News of the World” frontiersman.
But the actress nominations are more likely to make the noise.
Globe voters might embrace a legend, Sophia Loren, for her function as a Holocaust survivor who runs a day take care of the youngsters of native prostitutes in “The Life Ahead,” from Netflix. Or they might give that slot to an actress who represents the longer term, Zendaya, who has been praised for her efficiency in “Malcolm & Marie,” a black-and-white romantic drama (Netflix, once more).
Meryl Streep, a 25-time Globe nominee and eight-time winner, might obtain two nominations for finest actress in a comedy or musical, one for her over-the-top “Prom” efficiency and one other for taking part in an creator attempting to reconnect with buddies in “Let Them All Talk.” Streep would doubtless be competing towards the Bulgarian actress Maria Bakalova, for her ultra-crude, but surprisingly candy flip in “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.”
The TV supporting actress class, as normal, has a plethora of candidates, including a mini-modicum of suspense. Will voters make room for each Gillian Anderson and Helena Bonham Carter from “The Crown”? Also vying are Uzo Aduba (“Mrs. America”), Letitia Wright (“Small Axe”), Annie Murphy (“Schitt’s Creek”), Jessie Buckley (“Fargo”), Marielle Heller (“The Queen’s Gambit”) and Julia Garner (“Ozark”). Garner and Aduba each received Emmys final yr for his or her performances.
‘Minari’ will not be allowed to compete for the highest prize.
It wouldn’t be the Globes with out a foreign-language movie kerfuffle. This time, the group has egg on its face as a result of Lee Isaac Chung’s “Minari” has to compete as a foreign-language entry — although Mr. Chung is an American director, the film was filmed within the United States, it was financed by American corporations and it focuses on an immigrant household pursuing the American dream.
But the characters in “Minari” predominantly communicate Korean. As a outcome, Globe guidelines require its banishment to the very best foreign-language movie race; it can’t be thought of for the highest prize.
“Hamilton,” however, will in all probability profit from the group’s guidelines. As a recorded stage efficiency, “Hamilton” will not be eligible for the Oscars. But the H.F.P.A. has no such hangup. So anticipate Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical to point out up as a finest comedy or musical nominee.