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World Five things to watch for at the Golden Globes

05:52  27 february  2021
05:52  27 february  2021 Source:   afp.com

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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.

a palm tree in front of a building: Netflix could be the big winner at the Golden Globes this year © VALERIE MACON Netflix could be the big winner at the Golden Globes this year The Golden Globes in 2021 will be like no other, with most of the stars at home, and the hosts on both the East and West Coasts © Robyn BECK The Golden Globes in 2021 will be like no other, with most of the stars at home, and the hosts on both the East and West Coasts

Millions of viewers are expected to tune in for the ceremony honoring the best in film and television, but what should you be watching for?

Olivia Colman posing for the camera: British actress Olivia Colman won a Golden Globe in 2020 for her work on © FREDERIC J. BROWN British actress Olivia Colman won a Golden Globe in 2020 for her work on "The Crown" -- will she be a repeat winner this year for the same role, or her film work on "The Father"?

Here is our quick guide to the event, which will take place in Beverly Hills, California and New York:

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- Netflix? And still... -

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.

So will this be the year the giant entertainment disruptor truly marks its newfound dominance?

With a staggering 42 nods across television and film categories this time, the odds look even more favorable. But after last year's near-washout, who knows?

Anthony Hopkins wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins -- seen here in Hollywood in 2019 -- has surprisingly never won a competitive Golden Globe award © VALERIE MACON Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins -- seen here in Hollywood in 2019 -- has surprisingly never won a competitive Golden Globe award

- Colman/Cohen: double double? -

What to expect from the Golden Globe Awards

  What to expect from the Golden Globe Awards 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.

One of Netflix's rare wins last year was for Olivia Colman, whose star turn as Britain's Queen Elizabeth in "The Crown" proved irresistible to Globes voters.

Steven Yeun standing in front of a sign: Actor Steven Yeun is the star of © Cindy Ord Actor Steven Yeun is the star of "Minari," the story of South Korean immigrants to America which could be this year's "Parasite"

That wasn't entirely surprising -- Colman has never lost a Golden Globe, having converted previous nods for "The Favorite" in 2019 and "The Night Manager" in 2017.

Tina Fey, Amy Poehler posing for the camera: Frequent Golden Globes hosts Tina Fey (L) and Amy Poehler (R) -- seen here in 2014 -- will be hosting this year's gala from opposite coasts due to the coronavirus pandemic © Frederic J. BROWN Frequent Golden Globes hosts Tina Fey (L) and Amy Poehler (R) -- seen here in 2014 -- will be hosting this year's gala from opposite coasts due to the coronavirus pandemic

This year she can go one better, with dual nominations for another season of "The Crown," and best drama film contender "The Father."

If she succeeds, she may not be the night's only double winner.

A fellow Brit, Sacha Baron Cohen, is a strong contender for two very different film acting roles, with "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm" and "The Trial of the Chicago 7."

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- Eighth time lucky for Hopkins? -

Colman's "The Father" co-star, the legendary Anthony Hopkins, is a serious awards contender every time he appears on the big screen.

Surprisingly though, he has never won a competitive Golden Globe, despite being nominated on seven previous occasions dating back to 1979, and even earning a lifetime achievement award.

When he won an Oscar in 1992 for his terrifying turn in "The Silence of the Lambs," Globes voters somehow plumped for Nick Nolte in "The Prince of Tides."

If the Hollywood Foreign Press Association chooses to right that wrong this year, they will crown the 83-year-old Hopkins as their oldest ever best actor.

Standing in Hopkins' way is Black Panther himself: the late Chadwick Boseman.

- 'Minari': the new 'Parasite'? -

In recent years, few Globes categories have stoked more controversy than best foreign language film.

American immigrant stories such as "The Farewell" (2019) have repeatedly been barred from the "main" best film award categories because half or more of the script was not in English.

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Critics have pointed out that the rule did not seem to apply to previous heavyweight contenders such as Quentin Tarantino's multi-lingual "Inglourious Basterds."

This year, "Minari" is the subject of much hand-wringing, with "Farewell" director Lulu Wang tweeting that she has "not seen a more American film" than the acclaimed Korean immigrant family drama.

Of course, being in the foreign language section at last year's Globes did not harm South Korea's "Parasite," which went on to win the biggest prize of all -- the best picture Oscar.

Can "Minari" repeat the trick?

- The Globes go 'bi-coastal' -

With the pandemic raging, and Los Angeles still under tight restrictions, this year's Globes were always likely to be a remote ceremony -- especially after the team behind September's Emmys pulled off a near-flawless award show from an empty theater.

But organizers sprung a surprise by announcing that returning co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will anchor a "bi-coastal" ceremony from New York and Los Angeles.

The move should allow more high-profile guests to present awards in person -- including Big Apple-based Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones -- even if the nominees have to stay home.

With the Oscars now planning to broadcast from multiple locations, the Academy will be watching closely to see if Fey and Poehler can strike up their usual rapport from opposite sides of the country.

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PHOTOS January Jones and Kiernan Shipka reproduce their 2011 Golden Globes look .
© Instagram PHOTOS January Jones and Kiernan Shipka reproduce their 2011 Golden Globes look As she prepared for the 2021 Golden Globes, January Jones has found in her closet the Versace dress she wore at the 2011 ceremony. Kiernan Shipa, who played her daughter in Mad Men at the time, also redesigned her look at the time. The 2021 edition of the Golden Globes, largely dominated by The Crown series, took place this Sunday, February 28.

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