Published: Sat, January 05, 2019
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Here's what to expect at the 2019 Golden Globe Awards

Here's what to expect at the 2019 Golden Globe Awards

Stars will be out in force on Sunday to kick off this year's awards season with the 76th Golden Globes, a ceremony that typically acts as a more raucous alternative to the Oscars.

In the drama category, Spike Lee's 70s-set BlacKkKlansman is nominated alongside Barry Jenkins's romance If Beale Street Could Talk and Ryan Coogler's Marvel adventure Black Panther while Jon M Chu's Crazy Rich Asians is included in the comedy category.

"After Trump's election and #MeToo, people felt like they had to speak up", said Tim Gray, awards editor at Hollywood publication Variety.

NBC via Getty Images Golden Globes co-hosts Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh don't plan to focus on politics during the show.

In 2018, it was impossible to tune into a major award show without hearing some political jabs and comedy from the sitting host of the event.

Samberg has taken home two Golden Globes in his own right for Brooklyn Nine-Nine, while Oh took home a Golden Globe in 2006 for Grey's Anatomy.

If you've seen the film, you might remember a scene where Ally and Bradley Cooper's Jackson look out and see a rainbow-bright billboard of her face on the Sunset Strip.

"I think everybody is exhausted of politics and maybe for one night we can have fun and not worry about the state of the world", Tatna said.

After Streep's much-discussed speech in 2017 as the recipient of the Cecil B DeMille award for career achievement, last year's victor Oprah Winfrey also made headlines with a rousing appearance that sparked talk of a presidential run.

Last year's Golden Globes host, Seth Meyers, made brief references to Trump in his opening monologue. "Everyone is depressed, and maybe that's as good a reason as any that everyone could use a little time to laugh and celebrate".

It's certainly going to be a night to remember. "I don't think it's shallow to have fun and be honestly celebratory", said Oh, who now stars on the television series "Killing Eve". "I just could not let this opportunity pass me by, the life experience of being this scared of something", Oh added.

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