5 things to watch out for at the Golden Globe Awards

Charlize Theron (Photo: Getty Images)
Charlize Theron (Photo: Getty Images)

FYI: When and where to watch the Golden Globes in South Africa

Los Angeles - Hollywood hits the red carpet Sunday for the Golden Globes, the first major awards show of the year, which honors the best in film and television.

Millions of viewers are expected to tune in, but what should you be watching for?

Here is our quick guide to the event, which will take place in Beverly Hills, California:

1. Another record for Scorsese?

There are few cinematic worlds left for Hollywood veteran Martin Scorsese to conquer, but the Globes could offer a new record.

If he takes home a fourth best director prize for his gangster epic The Irishman, Scorsese will tie the record for most wins.

Legendary late director Elia Kazan currently sits alone at four, most recently for America America in 1964.

Scorsese has previously won for Gangs of New York (in 2003), The Departed (2007) and Hugo (2012) - and missed out on a further five nominations in the category.

2. After #TimesUp, women still overlooked

Natalie Portman drew praise - and the organisers' ire - for introducing the best director category in 2018 with the words: "Here are the all-male nominees."

Barbra Streisand remains the only woman to win the award for Yentl in 1984. She, too, spoke out at the 2018 ceremony, telling the audience: "Folks, time's up," name-checking the anti-harassment initiative.

But once again this year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has selected only male contenders for the prize, ignoring the likes of Little Women helmer Greta Gerwig.

Will anyone address the elephant in the room?

FYI: See a full list of all the 2020 nominees here

3. Awkwafina eyes Globes history

There are no sure things at the unpredictable Globes, but Awkwafina is as likely as anyone to take home a gong.

She is the hot favorite to win the prize for best actress in a comedy for The Farewell.

Dubbed as a "tale based on an actual lie," it portrays a global family reuniting in China to say goodbye to their beloved matriarch, who does not know she is dying.

If victorious, the rapper-turned-actress would become the first winner of Asian descent in the category's history.

4. Streaming wars invade Globes?

The Globes' television categories are frequently overlooked, coming just months after the small screen's biggest night, the Emmys.

This year promises to be different, as Apple entered the "streaming wars" with its new platform in November.

Flagship launch program The Morning Show, about a newsroom hit by a #MeToo scandal, was not eligible at the Emmys, but garnered Globes nods for stars Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, as well as for best drama.

But Netflix has since wheeled out its perennial big-hitter The Crown, with the royal drama's third season boasting a new, heavyweight cast including Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham-Carter.

And while Game of Thrones again dominated the Emmys for its final run, it has been left out in the Globes cold, with only one nomination for Kit Harington as lead actor.

5. Ricky Gervais returns

Controversial British comedian Ricky Gervais returns as host - which means that once again, no A-lister will be safe from his irreverent jokes.

What's more, Gervais has promised his record fifth stint will be his "very last," meaning there will be truly no reason to hold back.

Since his last appearance in 2016, Hollywood has gone through radical upheaval with the #MeToo movement and the fall of Harvey Weinstein, meaning Gervais will not be short of potential targets.

Who will be caught in his firing line this time around?

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