The Golden Globe Awards broadcast is almost upon us, and your head must be spinning with questions.
How many awards will “A Star is Born” win on Sunday? (All of them, probably.) Can the Mary Poppins reboot take on the Dick Cheney biopic? (It can try. But they will likely both lose to “The Favourite.”) Exactly how inappropriate will Jeff Bridges’ Cecil B. DeMille Award acceptance speech be? (May he let his Dude flag fly.)
And why would I want to watch this thing, anyway?
I’m not sure I have an answer for that one. But like the intrepid Elastigirl from the Golden Globe Award-nominated “Incredibles 2,” I am going to give it my best shot. Not because the Globes deserve it, necessarily, but because you do.
Like the decades of awards shows before it and the decades to come, this year’s Golden Globe Awards broadcast — which kicks off at 5 p.m. Sunday on NBC — will be too long. There will be jokes that fall flat, political references that will offend and winners that will make you wonder who the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association are and what they were drinking while they cast their votes.
But in this time of audience fragmentation, when all of us are sequestered in our own little entertainment pods, the Golden Globes and their back-patting awards-show friends offer pop-culture fans a one-night-only chance to gather around the entertainment hearth for a hearty round of snarking, second-guessing and perhaps even celebrating.
To get your party started, here are some reasons to spend an evening in the Golden Globe Awards’ wacky orbit. If nothing else, you’ll get to see Bradley Cooper in a tux.
Reason(s) No. 1: Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg
She is the witty heroine of BBC America’s bloody good “Killing Eve.” He is the sly star of NBC’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” Together, they are the hosts of Sunday’s broadcast, and if they are as terrific as we are hoping they’ll be, this delightful duo could just go ahead and host the Oscars, too. After comedian Kevin Hart bowed out over some offensive old Twitter remarks, next month’s Oscar broadcast is still without a host. Now that two-time Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres has intervened on Hart’s behalf, that could change. But Oh and Samberg’s characters can handle criminals, psychopaths and crazy co-workers, so an awards-show double-header should be right up their collective alley. Go team!
Reason No. 2: New Friends
Because they are the first big bash of the season, the Golden Globes are usually celebrated for their crystal-ball powers. Where the Globes go, the Oscars and the Emmys often follow. But unless you have a big stake in your office awards-show pools, your Golden Globes payoff is not about the winners. It’s about the intriguing people and properties you will meet along the way.
Because the Globes cover movies and television, and because the voters’ tastes are, well, eclectic, the broadcast is really one big pop-culture speed date. That means “Black Panther” and BlacKkKlansman.” It means Golden Globe- and Oscar-winner Charlize Theron (nominated this year for “Tully”) and 15-year-old Elsie Fisher (nominated for “Eighth Grade”). It also means most of the TV-nominee lineup, which is dominated by under-the-radar newcomers (“Pose,” “Killing Eve”) and under-appreciated treasures ("The Americans,” “The Good Place.”)
Regardless of who takes home the Globe gold, you will end up with a big shiny list of movies to see, TV shows to check out and new entertainment crushes to obsess over. Time to give a standing ovation to yourself.
Reason No. 3: Memorable Moments
Last year, it was all of the actresses wearing black in #MeToo solidarity. It was “This is Us” star Sterling K. Brown being the first black man to win a Globe for best actor in a TV drama, and the beautiful speech he gave thanking show creator Dan Fogelman for the role that made him feel seen and appreciated for who he is. It was Oprah Winfrey accepting her Cecil B. DeMille Award with a speech that was so eloquent and inspiring, an “Oprah for President” movement started before she even got back to her seat.
If you weren’t watching, you missed it. If you tried to watch it the next day, it was too late. If nothing else, the fleeting magic of the awards show reminds us that even in this day of DVRs and streaming and everything-on-demand, there is something to be said for spending some time in the here and now.
Maybe it’s time someone gave out an award for that.