78th Annual Golden Globe Awards: Everything You Need to Know Before You Watch

Pop The Bubbly ­– The 2021 Golden Globes Are Happening TOMORROW!

The highly-anticipated star-studded event is just around the corner and Celeb Secrets wants to prepare you for the jammed-packed evening full of cutting-edge talent, glitz, glamour, and comedy. The 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards will be held tomorrow, Sunday, February 28 at 8 PM ET/ 5 PM PT on NBC.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is giving TV and movie enthusiasts a taste of normalcy as they kick off award season, however, the night will look a bit different this year due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. The leading organization will be taking proper precautions to keep everyone safe, leaving the award show to be virtual, audience-free, and for the first time ever — bicoastal.

Whether you tune in for the fashion, red carpet, the nominations, the movie/show recaps, or to hear from A-list celebrities, we got you covered!

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What are the Golden Globe Awards? 

You may be thinking to yourself, “what are the Golden Globe Awards” or you might just be mistaking them for the other 500 or something award shows that go down each and every year. Well, Celeb Secrets is here to clear everything up for you.

The Golden Globe Awards have been handed out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association since 1944. The prestigious organization honors and recognizes the best shows and movies in America and also internationally.

The 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards will air live coast to coast with Tina Fey hosting from the Rainbow Room in New York and Amy Poehler from The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.

How (and where) can I watch the Golden Globes? 

If you have cable access, you can watch the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards live on NBC or via the NBC website or application. However, if you don’t have cable, don’t sweat it because the show will be available to stream on NBC’s digital streaming platform Peacock the following day.

Who is hosting?

Comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be bringing the heat this Sunday, February 28.

As mentioned above, the pair will be dominating their roles as hosts from separate coasts, which will go down in history. Fey will be located in New York at the Rainbow Room inside Rockefeller Center and Poehler will be hosting from Los Angeles from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in L.A.

This is not the dynamic duo’s first rodeo, as they hosted the dazzling occasion together from 2013 to 2015. If it’s anything like previous years, get ready to laugh the night away because they are notorious for cracking hilarious jokes.

Who are the big nominees?

The 2021 Golden Globe nominees were announced on February 2, and the list is overflowing with binge-worthy series and films from numerous streaming platforms. Although, Netflix is entering the competition strong with a whopping 42 nominations (22 in film, 20 in television.)

Netflix is hoping to take home a W for “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” “The Queen’s Gambit,” “The Crown,” and the “Mank.” While, many are predicting Netflix to sweep the award show, streaming platform HBO also has several popular hits like the comedic thriller series “The Flight Attendant,” the psychological whodunit “The Undoing” starring Nicole Kidman, and has “Lovecraft Country,” on their long list – which makes a stiff competition.

You can view the full list of nominees and our winner predictions here.

Who will be receiving the Carol Burnett Award and the Cecil B. deMille Awards? 

Let’s all raise a glass to this year’s Carol Burnett Award recipient, Norman Lear, and this year’s Cecil B. deMille Award recipient Jane Fonda!

98-year-old legend Lear, who brought Sanford & Son, All in the Family, and The Jeffersons to our television screens will be recognized for his wonderful achievements in the film and TV industry.

“Normal Lear is among the most prolific creators of this generation,” says the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. “His career has encompassed both the Golden Age and Streaming Era, throughout which his progressive approach addressing controversial topics humor prompted a cultural shift that allowed social and political issues to be reflected in television. His work revolutionized the industry and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is honored to name him as the 2021 Carol Burnett Award recipient.”

Chosen by the HFPA Board of Directors, the Carol Burnett Award is presented annually to an honoree who has made outstanding contributions to the television medium on or off the screen. As the television landscape continues to evolve with more thought-provoking programming, diverse roles and best in class content, the HFPA established the Carol Burnett Award to celebrate the medium’s new Golden Age. Equivalent to its film accolade counterpart, the Cecil B. deMille Award, the top honor was first introduced at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Previous recipients include Ellen DeGeneres (2020) and its namesake, Carol Burnett (2019).

Seven-time Golden Globe winner and 15-time nominee Jane Fonda will be honored with the coveted Cecil B. deMille Award during the show. The multi-faceted activist and actor of legendary films such as “Klute,” “Coming Home,” “9 to 5” and her most recent television work, “Grace & Frankie,” will accept the honor at the telecast.

“The Hollywood Foreign Press Association takes great pride in bestowing the 2021 Cecil B. deMille Award to Jane Fonda,” said HFPA President Ali Sar. “For more than five decades, Jane’s breadth of work has been anchored in her unrelenting activism, using her platform to address some of the most important social issues of our time. Her undeniable talent has gained her the highest level of recognition, and while her professional life has taken many turns, her unwavering commitment to evoking change has remained. We are honored to celebrate her achievements at the 2021 Golden Globe Awards.”

Chosen by the HFPA Board of Directors, the Cecil B. deMille Award is given annually to a talented individual who has made a lasting impact on the film industry. The namesake, Cecil B. deMille, was a pioneer of the motion picture industry and one of the most successful filmmakers in American history. Honorees over the decades include Tom Hanks, Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Bridges, Robert De Niro, Audrey Hepburn, Harrison Ford, Jodie Foster, Sophia Loren, Sidney Poitier, Steven Spielberg, Denzel Washington, Robin Williams and many more.

Is there a red carpet? 

As of right now, a red carpet is not in the works for this year’s award show. Celeb Secrets will keep you posted if anything changes.

We do encourage you to prep your award show snacks and champagne early because there will be a special pre-show that’s a definite must watch. In partnership with Twitter, the HFPA Presents: Globes Countdown Live pre-show will be hosted by Sofia Carson and Zuri Hall as they count down live from The Beverly Hilton for 90 minutes until the show begins. Film experts and hosts Rasha Goel and Scott Mantz will also remotely interview some of the biggest names in anticipation of one of the biggest nights in film and television.

Throughout the show, host of “The Viall Files” podcast, Nick Viall, hosts and personalities, AJ Gibson & Emile Ennis Jr., comedian Fortune Feimster and more will serve as a panel of pop culture experts, participating in fast paced, stimulating discussions about the nominated shows and films and predictions for the night, as well as reminiscing about the best fashion and iconic Golden Globe moments.

You can watch HFPA Presents: Globes Countdown Live on the Golden Globes’ official Twitter account and at starting at 6:30 PM EST.

Could we expect high-end fashion?

While the red carpet may not be in person this year, celebrities are still preparing to serve up some major looks at the 2021 Golden Globes – Zoom style. Hollywood’s top stylists recently gathered to discuss the 78th annual Golden Globe Awards and shared with fashion fanatics the top trends they should look out for on Sunday night.

Brad Goreski, Illaria Urbinati, Erica Cloud, Andrew Gelwicks, Sophie Lopez, Avo Yermagyan, and Tara Swennen all agree that the A-listers in attendance will be rocking a chic, effortless, and timeless look, in hopes to be mindful of the current climate of the world.

Fashion forecasts predict hot looks from Leslie Odom Jr., Dan Levy, Jane Levy, Kate Hudson, Sacha Baron Cohen, Kaley Cuoco, and Satchel Lee. “This year, the stakes are much higher – there’s been a vacuum with no carpets happening, there’s going to be a lot of eyes on these carpets. I want to honor the tone of the film…a cultural awakening; which is something all of us faced this year,” says Avo Yermagyan during the Golden Globe Stylists Roundtable.

During the interesting and dynamic conversation, the fashion-forward gurus mentioned that styling for a virtual award show is quite different, but it allows them to think outside the box and take funky risks. “It’s a different way of working. We are able to cheat in ways we couldn’t if it was an in-person event; we can safety pin things, we don’t have to worry about tripping over long hemlines,” shares one of the talented stylists.

Who is presenting? 

Several presenters will be joining Fey and Poehler live and in person at the Rainbow Room and at the Beverly Hilton. HFPA confirmed that the 2021 Golden Globe presenters will be: Awkwafina, Cynthia Erivo, Joaquin Phoenix, Annie Mumolo, Kristen Wiig, Kevin Bacon, Sterling K. Brown, Kyra Sedgwick, Tiffany Haddish, Kate Hudson, Anthony Anderson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Susan Kelechi Watson, Bryce Dallas Howard, Christopher Meloni, Rosie Perez, Christian Slater, and Michael Douglas.

While the presenters will be in-person, the nominees will be celebrating remotely at home with their friends and family.

How is the HFPA giving back in a global pandemic?

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, MRC, and NBC are teaming up with Feeding America for the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards. The philanthropic nonprofit is the largest hunger-relief and food rescue organization in the United States. Feeding America gives a helping hand to over 40 million people through a network of 200 food banks and 60,00 food pantries/ meal programs.

Why Feed America? Well, within the last year the wonderful organization has provided food to millions of individuals who found themselves struggling to put food on the table due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Throughout the live broadcast, HFPA has made it their mission to spread Feeding America’s Covid-19 response efforts.

To top this all off, Moet & Chandon, the champagne company will also be lending a hand and participating in this year’s charitable initiative. In honor of their 30th anniversary as the official champagne of the Golden Globes, they created “Toast For A Cause,” to assist Feeding America.

To learn more about Feeding America and its mission, head on over to their website for more information and donate.

Just in case you forgot, make sure to tune in to the 2021 Golden Globes TOMORROW, February 28th @ 7PM ET/4PM PT on NBC!


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