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Golden Globes 2021: hosts, presenters and special guests

The Golden Globes kicks off a pandemic-era Hollywood awards season after a year that upended the entertainment industry and saw streaming services win big.

Golden Globes 2021: hosts, presenters and special guests
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Sunday's 78th annual Golden Globe ceremony, to be broadcast live on NBC television, will take place for the first time on two coasts, in a completely virtual ceremony.

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Who will be hosting the Golden Globes 2021?

Comedians Tina Fey will host from the Rainbow Room in New York and Amy Poehler will host from The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.

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.

Who will the presenters be at the Golden Globes?

This year, Golden Globe awards presenters will be Awkwafina, Cynthia Erivo, Annie Mumolo, Joaquin Phoenix, Kristen Wiig, Renee Zellweger, Bryce Dallas Howard, Christopher Meloni, Rosie Perez, Christian Slater, Anthony Anderson, Tiffany Haddish, Kate Hudson, Margot Robbie and Kenan Thompson.

Nominees are expected to appear from various locations around the world though it remains to be seen if they will be gathered at central locations in other major cities.

Who will special guests be at the Golden Globes?

Seven-time Golden Globe winner Jane Fonda is set to receive the Cecil B. deMille Award, which is given annually to an individual who has made a lasting impact on the film industry.

According to Parade, filmmaker Spike Lee‘s children, Satchel and Jackson Lee will be year’s Golden Globe Ambassadors, who will assist with duties during the awards show.

Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) says that Satchel and Jackson’s “appointment marks the first time in HFPA history that two siblings of color have held the position, with Jackson being the first Black male Ambassador.

And television pioneer and political activist Norman Lear will become the third-ever recipient to receive the Carol Burnett Award during the telecast.

What time does the Golden Globe Award ceremony 2021 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 the 78th Golden Globe awards start where you are in the world.

Hollywood and awards season altered by pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic not only closed movie theatres 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 25 April, 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.

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