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Who are Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, hosts of the Golden Globes 2021?

The 78th Golden Globe Award ceremony kicks off a pandemic-era Hollywood awards season after a year that has been dominated by the covid-19 virus.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 01, 2021 this January 12, 2014 photo shows actress Tina Fey (L) and Amy Poehler (R) arriving for the 71st Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills. - Hollywood's awards season

Sunday's Golden Globe Award ceremony 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.

Follow the Golden Globes 2021 ceremony

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.

Netflix big winner with 22 nominations

Netflix Inc goes into Sunday's virtual celebration of movies and television with a dominant 22 film nominations but still in search of its first best movie win.

That could come from period drama "Mank," about the screenwriter of "Citizen Kane," which leads with six nods, including for best drama movie, for actors Gary Oldman and Amanda Seyfried, and for director David Fincher.

Who are Fey and Poehler?

The duo met in Chicago back in the 90s with both featuring regularly on the local improvisational comedy with Poehler later hooking up with Fey on NBC's Saturday Night Live, where after working on scripts initially, the two became the first women to co-present the news on the show’s Weekend Update segment. 

Fey herself has scooped three Golden Globe Awards during her career with Poehler winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Musical or Comedy Series in 2014.

Both women hosted the 2103 Golden Globe ceremony for the first time with their most recent collaboration seeing the pair starring in the 2109 film Wine Country which was written and directed by Poehler. 

The pair follow the footsteps of English comedian Ricky Gervais who hosted last year’s 77th Golden Globe Awards, which was one of the most-watched network telecasts of the year, averaging 19.2 million viewers on 5 January, 2020.