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2021 Golden Globes

What to expect at the 2021 Golden Globes

The most chaotic awards show every year is about to get even stranger.

The Golden Globes on Sunday will become the latest awards show to go forward amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting from opposite sides of the country. Nominees are expected to participate remotely, although there will be an in-person component with presenters joining Fey and Poehler in New York and California, respectively.

Pundits are generally predicting that either Nomadland or The Trial of the Chicago 7 will win Best Motion Picture — Drama; the latter would become Netflix's first winner in this category ever. Meanwhile, Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy will likely come down to either Borat Subsequent Moviefilm or Hamilton.

Chadwick Boseman appears quite likely to posthumously win best drama actor for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, while best drama actress looks like a tough battle between Nomadland's Frances McDormand, Promising Young Woman's Carey Mulligan, and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom's Viola Davis. In musical or comedy actor, Borat's Sacha Baron Cohen is favored, and experts think his co-star Maria Bakalova will also win musical or comedy actress.

In the television categories, The Crown may be poised to win best drama series again, while comedy series should go to either 2020 Emmys favorite Schitt's Creek or Apple's Ted Lasso. Wins for Ozark's Jason Bateman, The Crown's Emma Corrin (or her co-star Olivia Colman), Ted Lasso's Jason Sudeikis, and Schitt's Creek's Catherine O'Hara could also be in the cards, though O'Hara has some serious competition from The Flight Attendant's Kaley Cuoco.

As usual, the Golden Globes' film winners could gain a key boost in Oscars momentum, especially any upset victors who could wow Academy voters with memorable speeches. But the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is notorious for its out-of-left-field picks, so expect the unexpected when the Golden Globes go live this Sunday on NBC.