How to Watch the Golden Globes' Most Ludicrous, Infuriating Award Show Yet

Anna Grace Lee
·3 min read

From Esquire

In a year of uncertainty and upheaval, there's one thing we can always count on: award shows. Love them or loathe them, award shows are Hollywood's flashiest, most persistent vice. They're an opportunity to recognize talent, generate buzz for new movies and television shows, parade celebrities around in designer outfits, and—as is infamously the case with the Golden Globes—to get a bunch of actors champagne-drunk and broadcast their interactions on live television. The 78th Golden Globe Awards, airing on NBC this Sunday, Feb. 28, will continue their long tradition of debauchery and dubious decisions, with a few notable changes.

For the first time ever, the awards ceremony is going bicoastal. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host live from opposite ends of the country; Poehler at the traditional Beverly Hilton venue, Fey at the Rainbow Room in Manhattan. This is the comedic duo's fourth time emceeing the Golden Globes, having hosted the event in 2015, 2014, and 2013.

Who Is Presenting?

Nominees will tune in remotely from home, but a number of celebrity presenters will appear in person at either the Hilton or the Rainbow Room. Margot Robbie, Bryce Dallas Howard, Christopher Meloni, Rosie Perez, Christian Slater, Tiffany Haddish, Kate Hudson, Kenan Thompson, Anthony Anderson, Awkwafina, Cynthia Erivo, Joaquin Phoenix, Kristen Wiig, Renee Zellweger, Annie Mumolo, Kevin Bacon, Sterling K. Brown, Michael Douglas, Kyra Sedgwick, Susan Kelechi Watson, and Catherine Zeta-Jones are all set to present awards live on Sunday night.

Who Is Nominated, Who Got Snubbed, What Are the Controversies?

The Globes aren't so much about who wins or loses, because everyone knows by now that titles don't always win based on merit. Every year, the nominations inspire both celebration and ire. This year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association snubbed Michaela Coel's brilliant, beautiful, incisive and vital show I May Destroy You and instead gave not one but two nominations to Emily in Paris, a show that was cheerfully ridiculous and almost universally hate-watched. The sheer volume of hate-watching may have been a factor in their decision, but I'm sure the Emily in Paris team giving HFPA members a free trip to Paris (and free stay at a five-star hotel) didn't hurt, either. That, plus the evident racism inherent in their selections year after year and indeed in the very group of people who get to do the selecting: in a new report, the Los Angeles Times revealed that the HFPA has zero Black members.

How to Watch the 2021 Golden Globes

The Golden Globes will air live on NBC this Sunday, Feb. 28, from 8 to 11 p.m. EST. The full show will be available to stream the next day on NBC's streaming app, Peacock. Sign up here to watch. Other streaming options include: the Roku Channel, Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, AT&T TV, Sling TV, and Fubo TV. You can catch the pre-show on Twitter, streaming at 6:30 p.m. EST on the official Golden Globes account. E! will also host its “Countdown to the Red Carpet” and red-carpet preshows beginning at 4 p.m. EST (which you can log in via your TV provider to stream on the E! website).

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