GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS

Golden Globes 2021: times, TV and how and where to watch online

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.

Golden Globes 2021: times, TV and how and where to watch online
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Sunday's Golden Globe 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.

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.

Online ceremony

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.

"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.

Sin tituloView of the stage and set up ahead of the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards on February 25, 2021 in New York City. - The show will be telecast live on February 28 from both New York and Los Angeles for the first time due to the Covid-19 pandemic. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

Mank hotly tipped

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.

Sin tituloOn Sunday, February 28, Baron Cohen's wild portrayal of the journalist Borat could win him a Golden Globe -- but he could also take home a statuette for his work in a more serious role, as US political activist Abbie Hoffman in "The Trial of the Chicago 7". (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)

What time does the 2021 Golden Globe Award ceremony start?

The 2021 Golden Globes will start at 8 p.m (ET) on Sunday 28 February 2021.

That's 01:00 in the UK on Monday morning, 02:00 CET (March 1st) and 17:00 PT.

Find out what time 78th edition of the Golden Globe awards start where you are in the world.

Where can I watch the Golden Globe awards?

No matter where you are on the planet and don't have cable, the Golden Globe ceremony can be followed via a series of online platforms.

United States: Roku, Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, AT&T TV, Sling TV and Fubo TV

Spain: Movistar +

United Kingdom: Not being broadcast.

Is the Golden Globe awards being shown online?

The ceremony will be available in most nations through the rights holders’ online platform, if they have one. The best option is to check who is showing the game in your country and if they have an online service or iOS/Android app to watch it on.