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Will Hollywood be in the mood
to party at Golden Globes?
Is Hollywood in the mood to
On Sunday, the movie industry will
gather for the Golden Globes, which
are regularly one of the most free-
wheeling and frothiest award shows
of the year. Champagne will flow.
Punchlines will fly.
But the tone of this year's ceremony
may be different, and not just because
it will be the first time in nearly a dec-
ade that someone other than Ricky
Gervais or the Tina Fey-Amy Poehler
duo is hosting.
Jimmy Fallon will emcee this year's
show, to be broadcast live from Beverly
Hills, California, by NBC on Sunday
night. But the transition on the minds
of Hollywood is the one taking place
in Washington on January 20.
The election of Donald Trump
has loomed over this year's awards
season, where the movie industry's
usual self-congratulatory toasting
has been mixed with a foreboding
sense of dread.
"We are living in very troubled
times," Kenneth Lonergan, writer
and director of one of the season's
favorites, Manchester by the Sea, said
Wednesday at the National Board of
Review Awards. "How troubled, we
don't know yet. It's going to be a lot
of trouble, or it might be bad trouble
like we've never seen."
Such speeches have been common-
place throughout the litany of awards
that lead up, ultimately, to the Febru-
ary 26 Academy Awards.
At Tuesday's New York Film Critics
Circle Awards, Daily Show host Trevor
Noah compared the lauded OJ: Made
in America to the election: "another
bad decision based on fame and race."
At the Gotham Film Independent
Film Awards in November, Damian
Lewis archly intoned, "The film that
receives the most votes ... is the win-
ner. It's a brilliant idea," referring to
Trump's loss of the popular vote.
Barry Jenkins, the writer-director
of the tender coming-of-age tale
Moonlight, said at the National Board
of Review Awards: "As we make Amer-
ica great again, let's remember some
inconsiderable things in our legacy,
because there was a time when some-
one like me was just not considered."
Fallon, who was criticised for what
was considered a soft-ball interview
of Trump on the Tonight Show dur-
ing the campaign, isn't likely to set a
very political tone for the evening. But
speaking to The Hollywood Reporter ,
Fallon promised Trump jokes at what
he called "the first and maybe the last
party that we'll have in 2017."
The late-night host will also be
trying to turn ratings back in a posi-
tive direction. Last year's ceremony,
hosted by Gervais, drew 18.5 million
viewers, down about four percent from
the year before.
Among the presenters on tap for
the show, put on by the Hollywood
Foreign Press, are Leonardo DiCaprio,
Emma Stone, Ben and Casey Affleck,
Viola Davis, Amy Schumer, Sting and
Award show TV audiences have gen-
erally been slumping, but the Golden
Globes have certain advantages. Aside
from their generally boisterous vibe,
the Globes are distinct in honoring
both film and television.
Its TV awards have long been second
to the movie honors, which have more
significance coming shortly before
Oscar nominations. But the TV awards
are increasingly on equal footing at
This year's categories are full of re-
cent shows that weren't eligible for
September's Emmy Awards, includ-
ing The Night Of, Westworld, Atlanta,
This Is Us and Insecure.
On the film side, Damien Chazelle's
Los Angeles musical La La Land leads
all nominees with seven nods, includ-
ing best picture, comedy or musical.
Its primary Oscar competition, Moon-
light and Manchester by the Sea, will
be separated by the Globes' split be-
tween drama and comedy.
And surely many attendees will be
thinking of those absent.
After a year full of notable deaths,
the back-to-back passing over the
holidays of Debbie Reynolds and her
daughter Carrie Fisher, was felt par-
ticularly in a Hollywood that revered
them both. Reynolds and Fisher were
to be laid to rest Friday in Los Angeles.
Sunday night's biggest question
may between whether to let loose or
sober up. (AP)
Jimmy Fallon, host of the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards, strikes a pose after
rolling out the red carpet during Golden Globe Awards Preview Day at the Beverly
Hilton on Wednesday. AP PHOTO
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