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Host Tina Fey says she wants Golden Globes to be a politics-free ‘fun hang out’

With millions due to tune into this year’s Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, the question as to whether the show – which is famed for its political barbs – will address the sexual harassment allegations against Andrew Cuomo remains to be seen.

Tina Fey, 50, will once again be teaming up with fellow Saturday Night Live alum, Amy Poehler, 49, to present this year’s 78th annual Globes, which will be broadcast live from both Los Angeles and New York City.

The 30 Rock creator is scheduled to host the Big Apple leg of the show from the Rockefeller Center’s Rainbow Room, while Parks and Recreation star Poehler will be broadcasting from the Beverly Hilton in California.

Earlier this week, Fey said she and Poehler would be seeking to make this year’s Globes a far tamer affair than it has been in recent years – a seeming reference to former host Ricky Gervais’ evisceration of Tinseltown’s elite in January 2020.

‘We just want to make it a fun hangout for people at home — kind of a stress reliever, so I don’t think you can expect much politics at all,’ she told Jill Rappaport in a recent episode of the Rappaport to the Rescue podcast. ‘It doesn’t seem like a venue for political jokes’. 

But considering Fey was a fierce champion of the MeToo Movement, and that Poehler has a history of criticizing New York Governor, the sexual harassment scandal involving Andrew Cuomo may not be entirely off limits tonight.

This year’s 78th annual Golden Globes Awards will be hosted by SNL alum Tina Fey (left) and Amy Poehler (right) and promises to be a largely politics-free event

Cuomo, who won a Daytime Emmy for his daily coronavirus briefings late last year, was accused by two former aide of sexual harassment in recent days

Cuomo, who won a Daytime Emmy for his daily coronavirus briefings late last year, was accused by two former aide of sexual harassment in recent days

On Saturday, Cuomo, 63, was accused of sexual harassment by his 25-year-old former executive assistance, Charlotte Bennett, who claims he asked her questions about her sex life, whether she had monogamous relationships and if she ever had sex with older men during the height of the pandemic last spring.

The accusations followed closely on the heels of similar claims made by another former aide, Lindsey Boylan, who alleged in a Medium essay last week that Cuomo tired to kiss her on the lips inside his office in Albany in 2018, and once asked her to play strip poker during a flight on his plane the year prior.

For both Fey and Poehler, the women’s accusations will likely strike an accord with their fierce support of the MeToo movement, which gathered momentum in late 2017 and saw powerful men in Hollywood, tech and politics face consequences for their past behavior, including sexual assault and harassment. 

In 2018, Fey told the Hollywood Reporter that the Broadway adaptation of her 2004 movie Mean Girls complemented the heightened sense of female empowerment inspired by cultural movements like MeToo and TimesUp at the time.

The following year, Poehler spoke out about how the MeToo movement forced her to confront her own ‘deep institutionalized misogyny.’

‘Our generation of women, Gen Xer women, we desexualized ourselves. And that stuff gets really ingrained,’ she said. ‘I grew up in a time where trying to sympathize or empathize with the male experience was how I was able to be included in the experience.’

Additionally, Poehler has a history of publicly criticizing Gov. Cuomo. In 2019, she and a handful of other stars called on him to raise the minimum wage made by tip waitresses in New York to combat the sexual harassment they face.

In a 2020 reprisal of her role on SNL’s Weekend Update, Fey, meanwhile, made a number of jokes at the expense of Cuomo, including references to rumors the governor has pierced nipples.

As two alums of SNL, a show that, until recently, had become synonymous with sharp political commentary, it was widely presumed Fey and Poehler would lean heavily on topical humor during Sunday’s Globes.

But just as SNL has largely shied away from political skits since Trump left the White House in January, Fey’s pledge to make the awards as politics-free as possible leaves a prime-time skewering of Cuomo unlikely later this evening. 

Charlotte Bennett, 25, accused Cuomo of sexually harassing her during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in his Albany office, including quizzing her about dating older men

Lindsey Boylan accused him of attempting to kiss her on the mouth in 2018

Charlotte Bennett (left), 25, accused Cuomo of sexually harassing her during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in his Albany office, including quizzing her about dating older men. Lindsey Boylan (right) accused him of attempting to kiss her on the mouth in 2018

Considering the sharp political commentary that SNL had, until recently, become known for, there were assumptions that the two comedians would lean heavily on topical humor during Sunday’s proceedings

Considering the sharp political commentary that SNL had, until recently, become known for, there were assumptions that the two comedians would lean heavily on topical humor during Sunday’s proceedings

The hosts’ pledge to make this year’s event a ‘stress reliever’ comes as a dramatic departure from the approach that the last host of the Globes, Ricky Gervais, took in 2020.

During his nine-minute monologue last January, Gervais lamented the Globes’ themselves, before singling out various nominees for their dating habits, political beliefs, production company choices, while also speaking about racism within the industry.

‘Let’s go out with a bang,’ Gervais, who had hosted four times previously, told the sea of anxious on-looking A-listers. ‘Let’s have a laugh at your expense. Remember, they’re just jokes. We’re all gonna die soon and there’s no sequel, so remember that.’

Gervais, 59, then took aim at the Hollywood executives gathered in the room,’ quipping that though they all come from different corners of the world, they ‘all have one thing in common’.

‘They’re all terrified of Ronan Farrow. He’s coming for you. He’s coming for you. Look, talking to all you perverts, it was a big year for pedophile movies,’ he continued, before the documentary series Surviving R. Kelly, Leaving Neverland, and the Anthony Hopkins-led Catholic Church-centered drama, The Two Popes.

Gervais also unleashed scathing remarks of what he characterized as the general hypocrisy of Hollywood.

Speaking about Apple TV’s series, The Morning Show, Gervais remarked that show was ‘a superb drama about the importance of dignity and doing the right thing — made by a company that runs sweatshops in China.

‘You say you’re woke, but the companies you work for, I mean, unbelievable: Apple, Amazon, Disney. If ISIS started a streaming service, you’d call your agent, wouldn’t you?’

The Office creator then warned those who were set to win an award to not ‘use it a platform to make a political speech.’

‘You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real world,’ he said. ‘Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg. So if you win, come up, accept your little award, thank your agent and your God and f*** off.’

The hosts’ pledge to make this year’s event a ‘stress reliever’ comes as a dramatic departure to the approach the last Globes host, Ricky Gervais, took in 2020

The hosts’ pledge to make this year’s event a ‘stress reliever’ comes as a dramatic departure to the approach the last Globes host, Ricky Gervais, took in 2020

Gervais also make references to Jeffrey Epstein when plugging his Netflix series, After Life, which he described as ‘a show about a man who wants to kill himself because his wife dies of cancer — and it’s still more fun than this.’

‘Spoiler alert, Season 2 is on the way, so in the end, he obviously didn’t kill himself — just like Jeffrey Epstein. Shut up! I know he’s your friend, but I don’t care. You had to make your own way here on your own plane, didn’t you?’ he said.

Also on the receiving end of Gervais’ evisceration was Leonardo DiCaprio and his apparent penchant for dating younger women, the disastrous live-action remake of the Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical Cats, and the Globes’ voting body, the Hollywood Foreign Press’, who Gervais called ‘really, really racist’.

However, Fey’s pledge to avoid politics and ridicule means that this year’s event will likely be starved of such gasp-inducing, viral moments of comedic jousting.

As for the comedic material Fey and Poehler do plan to tap into, that remains to be seen.  

However, Poehler recently revealed in an interview with the Associated Press: ‘Well, I keep joking that I want to keep making jokes that Tina knows who’s going to win because she’s on the East Coast, but we’re technically doing it at the same time.

‘Yeah, she’s going to, Tina is going to be in the new in New York, I’m going to be in California. And we’re going to take full advantage of how fun it is to do award shows on your computer.’

Both Poehler and Fey have been working on their comedic material ‘up until the last minute’, an event organizer said

 Both Poehler and Fey have been working on their comedic material ‘up until the last minute’, an event organizer said

Fey is scheduled to host the Big Apple leg of the show from the Rockefeller Center’s Rainbow Room (above)

Fey is scheduled to host the Big Apple leg of the show from the Rockefeller Center’s Rainbow Room (above)

Co-host Amy Poehler, meanwhile, will be broadcasting from the Beverly Hilton in LA

Co-host Amy Poehler, meanwhile, will be broadcasting from the Beverly Hilton in LA

Politics may prove to be a difficult subject to avoid all together, however, as a number of films with a political theme or parallels are among those tipped for gong glory.

David Fincher’s Mank, a dramatization of screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz’s writing of Citizen Kane, leads the field, with six nominations, including best director; best motion picture, drama; and best actor, drama for Gary Oldman, who plays Mankiewicz.

A smear campaign against socialist writer and then-California gubernatorial candidate Upton Sinclair figures heavily into its plot, and its depiction of media baron William Randolph Hearst, who launched a vendetta against Citizen Kane over suspicions it was based on him, has drawn comparisons to former Trump.

Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm is also named among the films with the most nominations, which include best comedy or musical and best actor.

The film achieved widespread notoriety for a scene in which Trump’s former attorney, Rudy Giuliani, accompanies Borat’s teenage daughter into a hotel room and places his hand near the waistband of his trousers.

Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7, meanwhile, scored five nominations, including best motion picture in the drama category.

The film dramatizes the Nixon administration’s prosecution of seven activists who participated in the demonstrations at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

British actor Daniel Kaluuya has also scored a nomination for best supporting actor for his portrayal of Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, in Judas and the Black Messiah, who was assassinated by police in 1969.

Nominees in the TV categories of the awards also feature multiple politically-themed enteries, including The Crown, The Comey rule and Mrs. America.

Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm is nominated for an award this year

Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm is nominated for an award this year

The film achieved widespread notoriety for a scene in which Trump’s former attorney, Rudy Giuliani, accompanies Borat’s teenage daughter into a hotel room and places his hand near the waistband of his trousers

The film achieved widespread notoriety for a scene in which Trump’s former attorney, Rudy Giuliani, accompanies Borat’s teenage daughter into a hotel room and places his hand near the waistband of his trousers

British actor Daniel Kaluuya has also scored a nomination for best supporting actor for his portrayal of Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah

British actor Daniel Kaluuya has also scored a nomination for best supporting actor for his portrayal of Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah

The Golden Globes is traditionally held in early January but was delayed until February 28 this year because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Usually a star-packed, laid-back party that draws Tinseltown’s biggest names to a Beverly Hills hotel ballroom, this pandemic edition will be broadcast from two scaled-down venues in California and New York, with frontline and essential workers among the few in attendance.

A handful of presenters will, however, appear at either location in person, and all nominees will attend virtually from home.

Soon after nominations were announced on February 3, camera kits were sent out to nominees all over the world.

According to Deadline, the Hollywood Foreign Press is seeking to make this year’s event more global and intimate than ever before.

Like it has for many years, the Globes will be seen in about 200 territories on Sunday. It was also make its debut on NBC’s streaming platform Peacock on March 1.

More than 150 A-listers are scheduled to attend, with some further last-minute presenter additions and high-profile cameos set to be unveiled still.

Past winners Sarah Paulson and Sandra Oh, as well as Fey’s old 30 Rock co-star Tracy Morgan, will be among those unveiling winners on Sunday night, Deadline reported.

The trio will join the likes of previously announced presenters, including Joaquin Phoenix, Salma Hayek, Anthony Anderson, and Angela Bassett.

Rumors have been circulating that Joe Biden was set to make a cameo of sorts, however those claims have since been denied by the event’s organizers.

Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 has scored five nominations, including best motion picture in the drama category

Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 has scored five nominations, including best motion picture in the drama category

Actor Eugene Levy and his wife Deborah Divine arive at the Luxe hotel where they pick up their gift bags at the drive-through gifting event organized by DPA Group president Nathalie Dubois-Sissoko ahead of the Golden Globe ceremony on February 25

Actor Eugene Levy and his wife Deborah Divine arive at the Luxe hotel where they pick up their gift bags at the drive-through gifting event organized by DPA Group president Nathalie Dubois-Sissoko ahead of the Golden Globe ceremony on February 25

Actress Catherine O'Hara and her husband Bo Welch also stopped in for the drive-thru event

As did actress Adina Porter

Actress Catherine O’Hara and her husband Bo Welch also stopped in for the drive-thru event, as did actress Adina Porter

While cutaways to the celebrities chatting together at their tables or backstage won’t be possible this year, Executive Producer Barry Adelman said the Globes will be seeking to re-create that experience through technology instead.

‘What we’re doing is we’re going to get candid shots of the people at home and as they’re getting ready for their category,’ Adelman told Deadline. ‘And we found a way, without giving away too much, where they can kind of talk to each other if they’re in the same category and communicate with each other.

‘So, it gives them a sense of camaraderie and it gives the audience a chance to see these wonderful actors and actresses communicating with each other like they would’ve done in the ballroom.’

Adelman added that both Poehler and Fey have been working on their comedic material ‘up until the last minute’, in true SNL vein.

‘I can tell you that I’m looking at the first act and in the first act alone you have a monologue and then you have a Golden Globes winner presenting one of the biggest awards of the night,’ Adelman continued to the outlet.

‘And then followed by another Golden Globes winner presenting another huge award, followed by another Golden Globes winner who is introducing one of the nominated films.

‘That’s just the way the Golden Globes has always been,’ he continued. ‘And even though our winners and our nominees are going to be at home, we are going to continue that pace.’

The 78th Golden Globes will air on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT live on NBC.

GOLDEN GLOBES 2021: THE NOMINEES

 MOVIES 

Best Motion Picture, Drama

The Father

Mank

Nomadland

Promising Young Woman

The Trial of the Chicago 7

 

Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Hamilton

Music

Palm Springs

The Prom

Mank: Gary Oldman is up for Male Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture

Sweeping the board: Mank is the most nominated film with six nods

 

Best Director

Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman

David Fincher – Mank

Regina King – One Night in Miami

Aaron Sorkin – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Chloé Zhao – Nomadland

 

Best Screenplay

Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman

Jack Fincher – Mank

Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller – The Father

Aaron Sorkin – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Chloé Zhao – Nomadland

Best Foreign Language Picture

Another Round

La Llorona

The Life Ahead

Minari

Two of Us

 

Best Animated Picture

The Croods: A New Age

Onward

Over the Moon

Soul

Wolfwalkers

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

Viola Davis – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Andra Day – The United States vs Billie Holiday

Vanessa Kirby – Pieces of a Woman

Frances McDormand – Nomadland

Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal

Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Anthony Hopkins – The Father

Gary Oldman – Mank

Tahar Rahim – The Mauritanian

Captivating: Vanessa Kirby is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama for Pieces of a Woman

Captivating: Vanessa Kirby is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama for Pieces of a Woman

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical

Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Kate Hudson – Music

Michelle Pfeiffer – French Exit

Rosamund Pike – I Care a Lot

Anya Taylor-Joy – Emma

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical

Sacha Baron Cohen – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

James Corden – The Prom

Lin-Manuel Miranda – Hamilton

Dev Patel – The Personal History of David Copperfield

Andy Samberg – Palm Springs

 

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Glenn Close – Hilbilly Elegy

Jodie Foster – The Mauritanian

Olivia Colman – The Father

Amanda Seyfried – Mank

Helena Zengel – News of the World

 

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Sacha Baron Cohen – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah

Jared Leto – The Little Things

Bill Murray – On the Rocks

Leslie Odom Jr – One Night in Miami

 

Best Original Score in a Motion Picture

The Midnight Sky

Tenet

News of the World

Mank

Soul

 

Best Original Song in a Motion Picture

Judas and the Black Messiah

The Life Ahead

One Night in Miami

The Trial of the Chicago 7

The United States vs Billie Holiday

TELEVISION 

Best Television Series, Drama

The Crown

Lovecraft Country

The Mandalorian

Ozark

Ratched

One to watch: Lovecraft Country is up for Best Television Series, Drama

One to watch: Lovecraft Country is up for Best Television Series, Drama

Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical

Emily in Paris

The Flight Attendant

The Great

Schitt’s Creek

Ted Lasso

 

Best Limited Series, Anthology or TV Movie

Normal People

The Queen’s Gambit

Small Axe

The Undoing

Unorthodox

Racy: Normal People is up for Best Limited Series, Anthology or TV Movie

Racy: Normal People is up for Best Limited Series, Anthology or TV Movie

Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Drama

Olivia Colman – The Crown

Jodie Comer – Killing Eve

Emma Corrin – The Crown

Laura Linney – Ozark

Sarah Paulson – Ratched

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series, Drama

Jason Bateman – Ozark

Josh O’Connor – The Crown

Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul

Al Pacino – Hunters

Matthew Rhys– Perry Mason

Spooky: Sarah Paulson is up for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Drama for Ratched

Spooky: Sarah Paulson is up for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Drama for Ratched

Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical

Lily Collins – Emily in Paris

Kaley Cuoco – The Flight Attendant

Elle Fanning – The Great

Jane Levy – Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

Catherine O’Hara – Schitt’s Creek

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a TV series, Comedy or Musical

Don Cheadle – Black Monday

Nicholas Hoult – The Great

Eugene Levy – Schitt’s Creek

Jason Sudeikis – Ted Lasso

Ramy Youssef – Ramy

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology or TV Movie

Cate Blanchett – Mrs America

Daisy Edgar-Jones – Normal People

Shira Haas – Unorthodox

Nicole Kidman – The Undoing

Anya Taylor-Joy – The Queen’s Gambit

Royally good: Elle Fanning is up for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical for The Great

Royally good: Elle Fanning is up for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical for The Great

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology or TV Movie

Bryan Cranston – Your Honour

Jeff Daniels – The Comey Rule

Hugh Grant – The Undoing

Ethan Hawke – The Good Lord Bird

Mark Ruffalo – I Know This Much Is True

 

Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series

Gillian Anderson – The Crown

Helena Bonham Carter – The Crown

Julia Garner – Ozark

Annie Murphy – Schitt’s Creek

Cynthia Nixon – Ratched

 

Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series

John Boyega – Small Axe, “Red, White and Blue”

Daniel Levy – Schitt’s Creek

Brendan Gleeson – The Comey Rule

Jim Parsons – Hollywood

Donald Sutherland – The Undoing

One to watch: Donald Sutherland is up for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series for The Undoing

One to watch: Donald Sutherland is up for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series for The Undoing

 


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