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When Netflix’s cutesy Emily in Paris was nominated for two Golden Globes in January, including Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy, the news was met with eyerolls and confusion. Sure, actress Lily Collins was spunky and well-dressed enough for the streaming giant to promptly renew the show for a second season. But for the silly, sugary rom-com to beat out Michaela Coel’s acclaimed I May Destroy You? How could that possibly happen? A fewA few weeks after the announcement, there was a hint of an answer. Thirty-three members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which judges the Globes, were invited to Paris to tour the Emily in Paris set in 2019, courtesy of Paramount Network, the Los Angeles Times reported.
By Jill Serjeant
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - 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 replaced with webcams on sofas.
Yet somehow the show is going on, albeit without the chummy gala dinners, hordes of photographers, and designer gowns associated with the celebration of the year's best films and TV shows.
Sunday's ceremony, to be broadcast 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 appear in person, but the nominees will attend from their homes or other locations around the world.
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There will be no red carpet or star-studded audience this Sunday at the Golden Globes, but much remains at stake at the first major Hollywood awards show of the year. - This time last year, Netflix was the envy of Hollywood, placing copious bottles of champagne on ice ahead of the Globes. An overwhelming 34 nominations appeared certain to signal the streamer's official coming-of-age in Tinseltown with a deluge of wins.But the ceremony didn't follow the script, and Netflix ended the night with a paltry two wins.
Tom O'Neill, founder of awards prediction website Goldderby.com, said Fey and Poehler were the perfect 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.
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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler return to host the year's first major film and TV awards ceremony on Sunday.The ceremony, which recognises excellence in film and television, is being held virtually this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
"When there is magic in awards shows, it comes from everyone being in the same room together," she added.
The coronavirus pandemic not only closed movie theaters and prompted studios to shift dozens of releases into late 2021 or 2022, it also led to the postponement of awards shows and turned them into socially distanced affairs.
The Oscars don't take place until April 25, but organizers have said it will be an in-person show from multiple locations
O'Neill said virtual shows and webcams have given audiences an intimate glimpse into the lives and homes of celebrities.
"It has taken us deeper into what we always wanted: an unscripted reality show with superstars," he said.
The 1930s Hollywood drama "Mank" goes into Sunday's ceremony with a leading six nominations, including for the top prize of best drama film.
But pundits say that's no guarantee of success. The black-and-white film about the screenwriter of "Citizen Kane" faces stiff competition from "Nomadland," a moving documentary-style drama about van dwellers in recession-hit America, and 1960s hippie courtroom drama "The Trial of the Chicago 7." The #MeToo revenge black comedy "Promising Young Woman" and ageing drama "The Father" round out the film drama nominations
Sunday's show follows new scrutiny of the 90-member Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which chooses the Golden Globe nominees and winners and whose choices sometimes raise eyebrows.
The Los Angeles Times last week published an investigation that raised ethical questions over the close relationships between the HFPA and movie studios. The HFPA says it has strict policies regarding gifts and perks.
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; editing by Jonathan Oatis)
Amy Poehler and Tina Fey's Best Golden Globes Moments .
Let's take a look back at the duo's best and most controversial jokes.The duo hosted the Golden Globes for three years straight from 2013 to 2015, bringing us plenty of memorable moments and clever jokes that had even A-listers in the audience stunned. Let's take a look back at their best and most controversial one-liners.