The 2021 Golden Globes Go Virtual

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Mikaeel Zohair, Staff Writer

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association officially announced that the 78th annual Golden Globe Awards are set to air on February 28, 2021, more than one month later than its normal date. Since 1944, members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association have recognized outstanding achievements in American television and international film through the Golden Globe Awards. As of right now, the Golden Globes recognizes excellence in 25 categories: 11 in television and 14 in motion pictures.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has incited social-distancing guidelines throughout America, the 2021 Golden Globes will be seeing its first ever virtual ceremony with hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey returning to lead the ceremony from two separate coasts. Poehler will host from the Globes’ usual location in Beverly Hills, California, while Fey will broadcast live from Rockefeller Center in New York City. Not much is known about whether presenters and nominees will participate in the ceremony virtually, in person, or through a mix of both.

This year’s Golden Globes make history as three women have been nominated for the Best Director category: Chloe Zhao for Nomadland, Regina King for One Night in Miami and Emerald Fennell for Promising Young Woman. Before this, only five women had ever been nominated for Best Director. Other award nominees include Queen’s Gambit for Best TV Movie or Limited Series, and Hamilton for Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought social-distancing guidelines in most public places, meaning there may be a chance that presenters and nominees stay home for this year’s Globes. But that won’t stop the Hollywood Foreign Press Association from putting on a Golden Globes award ceremony unlike anyone has ever seen.