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Five reasons to watch the Golden Globes 2019

Will Lady Gaga win big for 'A Star Is Born'? Will 'Roma' get the credit it deserves? Here's our guide to the annual star-studded ceremony on January 6

Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg roll out the red carpet at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards Preview Day at The Beverly Hilton. AP
Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg roll out the red carpet at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards Preview Day at The Beverly Hilton. AP

Hollywood's brightest stars will hit the red carpet on Sunday (January 6, 2019) for the first major awards show of the year: the Golden Globes, which will honour the best in film and television.

Tens of millions of viewers are expected to tune in, but what should you be watching for? Here is our quick guide to the event, taking place in Beverly Hills, California.

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper are both up for nominations for 'A Star is Born'. AFP 
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper are both up for nominations for 'A Star is Born'. AFP 

Will Gaga's 'Star' turn lead to Oscar?

One of the big stories of Sunday night is sure to be the success of A Star Is Born, Bradley Cooper's remake of the popular music romance that has five nominations including best drama film and best actress for Lady Gaga.

The pop diva could even take home two trophies, as she is also up for best song honours for Shallow, the runaway hit from the soundtrack.

The film – which stars Gaga as an unknown singer who rises to fame with the help of Cooper's fading, alcohol-addled rocker – could be the singer-songwriter's ticket to an Oscar.

A Globes win would only boost her chances of an Academy Award nomination – voting begins the day after the Globes gala, closes on January 14, and nominations are announced on January 22.

Christian Bale as Dick Cheney, left, and Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney in a scene from 'Vice', a film that garnered mixed reviews from critics. AP
Christian Bale as Dick Cheney, left, and Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney in a scene from 'Vice', a film that garnered mixed reviews from critics. AP

'Vice': will mixed reviews sink it?

Vice, Adam McKay's quirky biopic about former US vice president Dick Cheney, received an unbeatable six nominations for the Globes. But upon its theatrical release on Christmas Day, it earned decidedly mixed reviews.

Will that sink its chances at the Golden Globes?

Most critics agree that Welsh actor Christian Bale's transformation into Cheney is exceptional, but some quibble with the film's decidedly glib treatment of the politician's rise to power.

It is (curiously) competing in the comedy categories, and none of the awards experts polled by prediction website Gold Derby have it winning for best musical or comedy, instead favouring royal romp The Favourite, race dramedy Green Book or Mary Poppins Returns.

Bale has far better chances than the film does to receive an award, and is seemingly locked in a tight race with Viggo Mortensen (Green Book).

Alfonso Cuaron, left, and actress Yalitza Aparicio on the set of 'Roma'. Netflix via AP
Alfonso Cuaron, left, and actress Yalitza Aparicio on the set of 'Roma'. Netflix via AP

How will 'Roma' do at Globes?

Roma, Alfonso Cuaron's critically acclaimed film chronicling his childhood in Mexico City, is not competing for best film honours at the Globes due to an eligibility issue, but will vie for best foreign film and best director awards.

Many believe Cuaron's personal drama will be a major Oscar winner – and that a best director win on Sunday would solidify its chances.

"Cuaron is riding a huge wave of critical raves for Roma," Paul Dergarabedian of media analysis firm ComScore told AFP. "If there is any such thing as a front-runner when it comes to the Globes, this is it."

This image released by Amazon shows Rachel Brosnahan in a scene from "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel." On Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, the program was nominated for a Golden Globe award for best comedy series. The 76th Golden Globe Awards will be held on Sunday, Jan. 6.(Nicole Rivelli/Amazon via AP)
Rachel Brosnahan in a scene from the Golden Globes-nominated TV series 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel'. AP

TV: old favourites vs new guard

The television awards at the Golden Globes are sort of a wild card – they are preceded by the Emmys, but the eligibility periods are not the same, meaning you end up with a mix of award-winners and new programmes.

The 90-odd members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who choose the Globes winners, are known for their maverick picks.

So, on Sunday, top Emmy winner like The Marvelous Mrs Maisel and The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story will be pitted against new shows like Homecoming, starring Julia Roberts, and Netflix comedy The Kominsky Method.

Will Roberts earn a trophy for her first starring role in a television show? Or will Globes host Sandra Oh take home an award for her work on the Emmy-nominated Killing Eve?

Sandra Oh, left, and Andy Samberg pose for a photo on the red carpet at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards Preview Day at The Beverly Hilton on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)
Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg are co-hosting this year's Golden Globes. AP

What about the hosts?

Can Oh and co-host Andy Samberg save the flailing awards show format? In the age of social media, watching a three-hour gala with commercials in real time is increasingly unpopular.

Last year, 19 million people tuned in for the Globes. In September, the Emmys posted an all-time low audience of about 10.2 million.

Oh and Samberg earned laughs when they teamed up to present an award at the Emmys. So far, their quirky promos for the gala have been well-received. And in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the pair promise a show high on fun and low on politics.

Tune in on Sunday to find out if it works.

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Read more:

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga on bringing 'A Star Is Born' to life

New Golden Globes honour will be named after Carol Burnett

Review: Why Roma is the greatest film of 2018

Nadine Labaki’s ‘Capernaum’ is up for a Golden Globe becoming the first Lebanese film to ever be nominated

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Full list of nominees for this year's Golden Globes

Best Motion Picture – Drama

Black Panther

BlacKkKlansman

Bohemian Rhapsody

If Beale Street Could Talk

A Star Is Born

Best Picture Comedy or Musical

Crazy Rich Asians

The Favourite

Green Book

Mary Poppins Returns

Vice

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Drama

Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate

Lucas Hedges, Boy Erased

Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Drama

Glenn Close, The Wife

Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born

Nicole Kidman, Destroyer

Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Rosamund Pike, A Private War

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

Christian Bale, Vice

Lin Manuel Miranda, Mary Poppins Returns

Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

Robert Redford, The Old Man & the Gun

John C. Reilly, Stan & Ollie

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns

Olivia Colman, The Favourite

Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade

Charlize Theron, Tully

Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

Mahershala Ali, Green Book

Timothée Chalamet, Beautiful Boy

Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman

Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Sam Rockwell, Vice

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

Amy Adams, Vice

Claire Foy, First Man

Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

Emma Stone, The Favourite

Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

Best Director Motion Picture

Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

Alfonso Cuarón, Roma

Peter Farrelly, Green Book

Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman

Adam McKay, Vice

Best Screenplay — Motion Picture

Alfonso Cuarón, Roma

Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, The Favourite

Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk

Adam McKay, Vice

Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Green Book

Best Motion Picture Animated

Incredibles 2

Isle of Dogs

Mirai

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best Picture Foreign Language

Capernaum

Girl

Never Look Away

Roma

Shoplifters

Best Original Score Motion Picture

Marco Beltrami, A Quiet Place

Alexandre Desplat, Isle of Dogs

Ludwig Göransson, Black Panther

Justin Hurwitz, First Man

Marc Shaiman, Mary Poppins Returns

Best Original Song Motion Picture

“All the Stars,” Black Panther

“Girl in the Movies,” Dumplin

“Requiem for a Private War,” A Private War

“Revelation,” Boy Erased

“Shallow,” A Star Is Born

Best Television Series Drama

The Americans (FX)

Bodyguard (Netflix)

Homecoming (Amazon)

Killing Eve (BBC America)

Pose (FX)

Best Television Series Musical or Comedy

Barry (HBO)

Kidding (Showtime)

The Good Place (NBC)

The Kominsky Method (Netflix)

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

The Alienist, TNT

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, FX

Escape at Dannemora, Showtime

Sharp Objects, HBO

A Very English Scandal, Amazon

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series Drama

Jason Bateman, Ozark

Stephan James, Homecoming

Richard Madden, Bodyguard

Billy Porter, Pose

Matthew Rhys, The Americans

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series Drama

Caitriona Balfe, Outlander

Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale

Sandra Oh, Killing Eve

Julia Roberts, Homecoming

Keri Russell, The Americans

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy

Sacha Baron Cohen, Who Is America

Jim Carrey, Kidding

Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method

Donald Glover, Atlanta

Bill Hader, Barry

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series Musical or Comedy

Kristen Bell, The Good Place

Candice Bergen, Murphy Brown

Alison Brie, Glow

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Debra Messing, Will & Grace

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picasso

Daniel Bruhl, The Alienist

Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose

Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Amy Adams, Sharp Objects

Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora

Connie Britton, Dirty John

Laura Dern, The Tale

Regina King, Seven Seconds

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television

Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method

Kieran Culkin, Succession

Edgar Ramirez, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal

Henry Winkler, Barry

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television

Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects

Penelope Cruz, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Thandie Newton, Westworld

Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid’s Tale

Updated: January 5, 2019 10:22 AM

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