/Golden Globes 2021: Countdown to Tina Fey and Amy Poehlers opening monologue is on

Golden Globes 2021: Countdown to Tina Fey and Amy Poehlers opening monologue is on


Brian Truitt
 
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Are you ready for the strangest awards season of all time? Well, it’s getting real with tonight’s Golden Globes.

Separated by two coasts, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler joked about the difference between movies and TV Sunday night. “You may be confused which nominees count as movies and which are considered TV,” began Fey. “TV is the one that I watch five hours straight. But a movie is the one that I don’t turn on because it’s two hours. I don’t want to be in front of my TV for two hours, I want to be in front of the TV for one hour, five times,” deadpanned Poehler.

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Gillian Anderson makes it four wins for ‘The Crown’

Somewhere Margaret Thatcher’s proud, as Anderson takes the TV supporting actress Globe for the Netflix show.

WHOA! “I’m a little speechless,” Foster admitted, speaking for us all right now. “I just never expected to be here again.” It’s a big surprise, with “The Mauritanian” star getting the nod over the likes of Amanda Seyfried (“Mank”) and Glenn Close (“Hillbilly Elegy”).

I”m so moved to receive this honor,” Fonda says in a speech that honored and called for more diversity in Hollywood. “Stories have a way of changing our hearts and our minds,” she said. Fonda was inspired by films like “Nomadland,” which showed “the wanderers among us,” and the immigrant tale of “Minari.” She concluded by saying more people need to be offered a seat at the table and in the room where decisions are made: “Let’s all of us make an effort to expand that tent.”

That sound you hear is Baby Yoda crying: Instead of “The Mandalorian,” Netflix’s “The Crown” takes best drama. Which means you REALLY should binge it now.

One of the Golden Globes’ headscratchiest moves this year was putting the acclaimed “Minari” – a very American film about a Korean family – in the foreign-language category, but it won there anyway. “I hope we all learn how to speak this language of love to each other, especially this year,” says the film’s very happy director, Lee Isaac Chung.

“Crown” gets its second award of the night, and “that’s quite a surprise,” says O’Connor, who wins best TV actor in a drama for playing Prince Charles. Now’s the time to binge on the royal family if you haven’t already. (Maybe after “Bridgerton.”) 

“Ladies, I salute you,” Pike says accepting her Globe for best actress in a comedy or musical. “Wow. I bet it looks like I care a lot. I do!” She also adds that having to swim up from a sunken car was still “better than being in a room with Rudy Giuliani,” a cheeky nod to fellow nominee Maria Bakalova’s “Borat” sequel scene.

“Do I talk now?” Sudeikis says when he comes on to accept his honor. “That’s nuts, that’s crazy.” He gives a shoutout to his “Ted Lasso” cast: “I know for a fact that they make me better. But “Schitt’s Creek” upends “Lasso” for the best comedy honor. Star Dan Levy also calls for an infusion of inclusion before next year’s ceremony: “There is so much more to be celebrated.”

Netflix’s “The Life Ahead” gets its first Globe, for Diane Warren’s tune “Io Si (Seen),” while Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross accept best original score for Pixar’s “Soul.”

“What?!” Corrin says happily for getting her Globe for “The Crown.” She also honors her character, Princess Diana: “You have taught me compassion and empathy beyond what I could ever imagine.”

Norman Lear receives the Carol Burnett Award for his TV legacy

Lear made plenty of folks chuckle over the years with his various sitcoms, like “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons,” but paid special tribute to the woman on the name of his newest award. “Laughter adds to one’s life,” he says, “and no one’s made me laugh more than Carol Burnett.”

“This is very nice but it can’t top the honor of being nominated beside these four screenplays,” Sorkin says accepting his screenplay Globe for “Chicago 7.” He also mentions that his fellow nominees, Regina King (“One Night in Miami”), Emerald Fennell (“Promising Young Woman”) and Chloe Zhao (“Nomadland”), inspire Sorkin’s daughter to be a filmmaker, “and I’m never gonna forgive you for that.”

A funny thing that happened on the filmmaker Zoom: When Sorkin was named the winner, a smiling David Fincher (whose late father Jack was nominated for “Mank”) took a shot.

The award for best actor in a limited series goes to Mark Ruffalo for his dual roles in HBO’s “I Know This Much Is True.” “These are my peers, these are the people I look up to, so I’m honored to be here with you guys,” he says, also thanking his family members who “let me go off and bring these crazy (characters) home.”

After getting pummeled in the press and by their own Globes hosts, Hollywood Foreign Press Association members took the stage to announce that Black journalists need to be a part of their group. “We must also ensure that everyone from all underrepresented communities gets a seat at our table and we are going to make that happen,” said Meher Tatna.

We have already reached Zoom awards inception: While director Pete Docter accepts the animated film Globe for “Soul,” he holds up his phone so writer Kemp Powers can weigh in as well.

“This is great, thank you so much,” Catherine O’Hara says when taking best actress in a TV comedy while her husband Bo Welch has strange applause noises coming out of his phone that are more distracting than helpful.

“Do I just talk automatically?” John Boyega said when coming on to accepting his award for supporting role in a TV movie for “Small Axe.” 

Kaluuya won the first Globe of the night, best supporting actor for “Judas and the Black Messiah,” and – maybe a sign of the times – either his mute was initially on during his virtual acceptance speech or there was a glitch. “You did me dirty!” he said once the snafu was fixed. He then thanked his “leader and general,” director Shaka King, “for your inspiration.”

Fey and Poehler open the show taking on COVID-era life, the lack of Black members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (“You guys have to change that,” Fey warned), and the fact that “smoking hot” first responders are in the live bicoastal audience instead of the usual A-listers like Meryl Streep and Brad Pitt. “Thank you for being here so the celebrities can stay at home,” Fey said. The twosome also ran down a bunch of the nominated movies in play, like Pixar’s animated “Soul,” where a Black character’s soul gets put into a cat. “The HFPA really responded to the movie because they do have five cat members,” said Fey (who actually stars in “Soul”).

Even though it’s not a traditional carpet at the virtual Globes, those “attending” like Sarah Hyland, Angela Bassett and Amanda Seyfried still manage to look stunning

With no red carpet this year, Jane Lynch and Susan Kelechi Watson (“This Is Us”) are anchoring NBC’s preshow and interviewing celebrities virtually, including Globe nominees Carey Mulligan and Leslie Odom Jr. as well as “Law & Order” star Christopher Meloni. Meloni shared a memory of meeting the late Chadwick Boseman, a Globe nominee for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” when getting “baseball lessons” on the set of “42.”

“He was doing batting practice and I was hitting grounders to some stunt guys and I didn’t know him. I walked up to him and I introduced myself. I was so happy for him, a young man, chance of a lifetime playing Jackie Robinson,” Meloni said. “Not only was he a great actor but he was an even better human being. His passing affected me deeply.”

While Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods” may have been snubbed by the Globes, at least his family wasn’t: Last month, Lee’s kids were named ambassadors for Sunday’s ceremony. Satchel, 26, and Jackson, 23, are the children of the director and his wife, producer Tonya Lewis Lee, who married in 1993. They are the first siblings of color to be named Globes ambassadors, and Jackson is the first Black male ambassador. 

The original “Borat” won star Sacha Baron Cohen a Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy or musical in 2007. Could its sequel have a “very nice” night Sunday? It’s possible. Cohen is nominated again in the same category for “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” his scene-stealing co-star Maria Bakalova (best known for that cringe-y episode with Rudy Giuliani) is up for best comedy actress, and the movie’s a strong contender for best comedy or musical. 

On Sunday night, two Hollywood legends will receive special achievement honors at the Globes: Normal Lear is getting the Carol Burnett Award while Jane Fonda is the latest recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award. In a virtual discussion last week, Fonda thanked Lear for lending her a hand during the fallout from her 1972 trip to North Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

“At the height of my being ‘controversial’ and I wasn’t getting hired very much, you invited me to be to be on stage with John Wayne” for the launch of the advocacy group People for the American Way, said Fonda. “That meant the world to me, because that was not happening to me very often then. You went out of your way to send me a signal that I was still acceptable in the Hollywood crowd.”

Unfortunately, fashionistas don’t have a lot to look forward to with no traditional red carpet at this year’s Globes – and probably for most of the awards shows this season. For a high fashion fix, check out our gallery of the best Globes gowns ever.

So what if the Netflix drama didn’t get great reviews? You can never count out Close, an awards-season fave. Transformed into a tough-love grandma, Close is a strong contender to win her fourth career Globe. The supporting-actress category also includes Olivia Colman (“The Father”), Jodie Foster (“The Mauritanian”), Amanda Seyfried (“Mank”) and Helena Zengel (“News of the World”).

On its biggest night, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association – the group behind the Golden Globes – will also have to weather the fallout from the revelation via the Los Angeles Times this past week that the organization doesn’t have any Black members. (The last time a Black person was counted among its ranks: 1987.) It’s a problem that looks even worse when one considers snubs of “Da 5 Bloods” and other Black-led movies in the Globes’ best picture categories.

On Friday, the advocacy organization Time’s Up launched the #TIMESUPGlobes alongside a graphic that reads, “Hollywood Foreign Press Association: Not a Single Black Member Out of 87.” And many Hollywood personalities shared the protest on social media, including Shonda Rhimes, Ava DuVernay, Judd Apatow and Sterling K. Brown. “Having a multitude of Black presenters does not absolve you of your lack of diversity,” Brown said Saturday on Instagram. “This is your moment to do the right thing. It is my hope that you will.”

It’s hard to imagine Fey and Poehler won’t take aim at the issue in their opening monologue. Meanwhile, the HFPA has said it will address the controversy during Sunday’s awards broadcast.

Usually, at least one actor runs the table at the Globes, Screen Actors Guild and Oscars, and 2021 could be it for Boseman, who died last year at age 43 of colon cancer. His nominated role for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” is a highlight in a career cut short early and he’s favorite at Sunday’s Globes. Only two other actors have posthumous Academy Awards – Peter Finch in 1977 for “Network” and Heath Ledger in 2009 for “The Dark Knight” – and both also took home Globes that same year.

Globes hosts and presenters will be live, winners are at home

Due to COVID, this year’s show will look very different than usual. The hosts will be bicoastal – Fey at the Rainbow Room in New York City, Poehler at the Los Angeles’ Beverly Hilton – as will the bevy of presenters. That group includes Awkwafina, Kevin Bacon, Michael Douglas, Tiffany Haddish, Kate Hudson, Joaquin Phoenix, Margot Robbie, Kristen Wiig, Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones. 

The nominees, however, will be all over the world and making their victory speeches virtually, be it in their tux or pajamas. 

If you’re old school, the three-hour Globes ceremony airs live on NBC at 8 ET/PT. If you’d rather stream the show, it’s also available on the Roku Channel, Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, AT&T TV, Sling TV and Fubo TV. (If they’re new to you, check out and see which have free trials.) And if you’re just too busy on Sunday, the Globes will stream Monday on NBC/Universal’s Peacock service.