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Awards season is finally here! It kicks off with the 73rd annual Golden Globes, airing live on NBC Sunday, January 10 at 8 p.m. ET.
This year’s ceremony will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles with Ricky Gervais returning to host. He hosted the show for three consecutive years from 2010 to 2012.
While Ricky, who is known for his acid-tongued barbs, had vowed never to host the awards show again after his 2012 stint, he obviously had a change of heart. And, with free flowing booze at the Golden Globes, interesting moments can, and often do, happen. Ricky has already apologized in advance for offending viewers via Twitter.
Not only can you expect the English comedian to ruffle some feathers, there’s a good chance that the show’s presenters and award winners will provide us with some unforgettable moments too.
Remember in 2001 when Renee Zellweger had completely disappeared after Hugh Grant announced her as the 2001 Golden Globe winner for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for Nurse Betty? It was only after Hugh started accepting the honor on her behalf that she finally rushed on stage, admitting that she’d been in the bathroom taking lipstick off her teeth when her name was called. Whoops!
That same year, Elizabeth Taylor forgot that she was supposed to announce the nominees before naming the winner. Dick Clark raced on stage and saved the day. In 2013, Jodi Foster came out of the closet in her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award.
What will happen in 2016? Presenters include Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Amy Adams, Patricia Arquette and a somewhat surprising Mel Gibson who has been a frequent target for Ricky Gervais. That could definitely get interesting.
Who’s to say what blunders will occur this year, but there are some predictions as to which pictures and which actors will be honored with awards.
Best Picture – Drama: the consensus seems to be Spotlight, with Room and The Revenant dark horse possibilities (Carol and Mad Max: Fury Road are also nominees).
Best Picture – Musical or Comedy: the pick is The Big Short, which goes up against Joy, The Martian, Spy, and Trainwreck.
Best Actor – Drama: is expected to be an “easy win” for Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant, with Bryan Cranston, Michael Fassbender, Will Smith and Eddie Redmayne also getting a nod.
Best Actress – Drama: nominees include an unusual scenario of two co-stars, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara both up for the award for Carol, as well as three breakout actresses, Brie Larson (Room), Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) and Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn).
Variety predicts Larson to take home the award, with Ronan as the outlier, as does TVGuide.com. Rolling Stone, on the other hand, gives their pick to Ronan, though the publication adds: “Call this one a toss-up then between Larson and Ronan — with the winning side weighted a little more to the Brooklyn lass, because her movie is, shall we say, more user-friendly in terms of subjects.”