NBC pulls off one-of-a-kind Golden Globes 2021 telecast

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler did a pleasant job internet hosting the first-ever nearly telecast Golden Globes Awards in an enormous “contemplate the circumstances” form of method.

Sunday night time’s broadcast on NBC was, clearly, extra technically difficult as a result of its coronavirus pandemic realities. That was instantly obvious when the audio reduce out on Daniel Kaluuya — the very first award winner — leaving presenter Laura Dern momentarily speechless till Kaluuya’s audio returned about 10 seconds later. Awkward.

But, when all was stated and accomplished, these technical glitches had been few and much between. Quite a bit that would have gone improper, did not. Kudos to the show’s govt producers, who used fashionable know-how cleverly and to the viewers’ benefit nearly with out skipping a beat.

There had been hardly any celebrities at both venue — Fey was at New York’s Rainbow Room in Rockefeller Center, whereas Poehler hosted from the Beverly Hilton in LA — with first responders comprising the in-studio audiences (a pleasant contact). The show was rather more subdued than traditional however, then once more, how may it not be? Each yr the Globes strive too arduous to drive the “anything-can-happen” vibe (it often would not); it was a reduction to see that forced-gaiety perspective lacking Sunday night time, due to the COVID-era limitations.

And it was no much less entertaining.

Fey and Poehler opened the show with a monologue — (type of) holding palms nearly in a pleasant use of particular results and getting proper to enterprise with a quick monologue interspersed with photographs of celebs at house — together with James Corden, Aaron Sorkin and Nicole Kidman, to call a couple of, and all dressed to the nines. The co-hosts’ different-coast venues really labored to their benefit, since they had been extra attentive to cues and solely as soon as (barely) stepped on one another’s strains (when welcoming 98-year-old Norman Lear). They labored collectively nearly as seamlessly because the curtain-backgrounds in each venues.

Fey and Poehler addressed the controversy over the shortage of illustration among the many HFPA members — “90 worldwide (no black) journalists,” as Fey identified, “even with silly issues [like the Golden Globes] inclusivity is vital” — and gave a shout-out to the “smoking sizzling first-responders and central staff” within the viewers on each coasts, addressing two of this yr’s topical points. Sterling Ok. Brown additionally later bought into the act: “It’s nice to be black … again … on the Golden Globes.” Touché.

For all of the criticism leveled on the HFPA, they did get a number of winners proper of their TV picks: Mark Ruffalo for taking part in wildly completely different twin brothers in “I Know This Much Is True”; Catherine O’Hara for “Schitt’s Creek” (she thanked collection co-creators Dan and Eugene Levy for permitting her to play a personality that spoke “like an alien”); Emma Corrin who performed Princess Diana on Season 4 of “The Crown”; and Jason Sudeikis for “Ted Lasso,” a terrific collection with a coronary heart of gold. Would’ve been good for Sudeikis to have placed on a pleasant shirt, at the very least, for the event, however that is a minor quibble.

The “Kids Say the Darndest Things”-type section was cute (and unprecedented, so far as I do know), and a welcome break on the 90-minute mark. Ditto for the primary responders section, with celebs (together with Glenn Close, Don Cheadle, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Carey Mulligan) speaking with docs and utilizing signs/medicines to mentions nominees (“Bridgerton,” “The Crown,” “Minari”).

The digital wall of Zoomed-in nominees talking to one another — proven earlier than every industrial break — was refreshing and a enjoyable solution to get the celebrities concerned from house (most of whom seemingly had been strangers to one another). The discuss generally appeared pressured (Bob Odenkirk greeting Al Pacino, for example) however at the very least it was attention-grabbing in that modern-day “The Brady Bunch” opening credit form of method (this time with sound).

The winners accepting their awards at house additionally gave the telecast an off-the-cuff really feel (instance: best supporting actress Jodie Foster mentioning “my buddies screaming downstairs” when she received her award for “The Mauritanian” — preferred her cute canine, too); winners being hugged by excited relations; and the occasional crying child.

The Golden Globes offered a Zoomed-in wall of nominees throughout the night.
The Golden Globes provided a Zoomed-in wall of nominees all through the night time.
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There had been some misfires: Maya Rudolph and Kenan Thompson as fake theme-song composers (cringe-worthy) — and sure, Amy Poehler, three hours is a lot too lengthy for this telecast; Tracy Morgan misreading the film “Soul” (for Best Original Score); Rosamund Pike’s out-of-left-field Rudy Giuliani reference (with no stay viewers, it simply hung there — in contrast to Sasha Baron Cohen’s Giuliani barbs); and too many winners being performed off with canned music for an excessive amount of nattering on (that is you, Gillian Anderson), or, because the self-deprecating Sudeikis stated, being “windy.” Those gusts of “thank yous” from some winners had been, at instances, an unrelenting buzzkill.

Still, Sunday night time’s telecast solely benefitted from its “first time attempting this” standing and saved it attention-grabbing for its three-hour size. (OK, I checked out my watch twice, however nonetheless.) It will go within the books as one of many extra memorable awards telecasts in a while.

"The Crown" Golden Globe winner Gillian Anderson had a lot to say during her acceptance speech.
“The Crown” Golden Globe winner Gillian Anderson had loads to say throughout her acceptance speech.
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supply: https://nypost.com/2021/02/28/nbc-pulls-off-one-of-a-kind-golden-globes-2021-telecast/

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