Analysis: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler are the silver lining to a likely strange Golden Globes

The high-spirited, often unpredictable (and boozy) event, where film and television creatives come together to be honored by some 87 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, will be live and — like most everything else these days — largely virtual in the ongoing pandemic.

There will be no red carpet or audience of nominees crowded at tables in the ballroom of The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, leading the festivities for a fourth time, will be separate but together, as it were, on two different coasts.

Thankfully, we’ll have Fey and Poehler to offer us some comic relief on Sunday. If we’re lucky, they’ll have us laughing through the night, reminding us there are still good things in the world that are worth a smile.

Follow CNN all night long for complete coverage. The Golden Globes air at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

For your (Golden Globes) weekend

Three things to watch:

The Golden Globe best drama and musical or comedy motion picture nominees

This week’s special edition of Pop Life will get you ready for the Globes. The good news is you can stream almost all of them at home right now. Some of these might even snag some Oscar nominations, so better get a head start.

Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

• “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” — streaming on Amazon
• “Hamilton” — streaming on Disney+
• “Music” — available for a fee on YouTube, Apple TV+ and Amazon
• “Palm Springs” — streaming on Hulu
• “The Prom” — streaming on Netflix
Olivia Colman (left) and Anthony Hopkins (right) star in "The Father," which premieres February 26.

Best Motion Picture — Drama

• “The Father” — premieres in a limited release Friday
• “Mank” — streaming on Netflix
• “Nomadland” — streaming on Hulu
• “Promising Young Woman” — available for a fee on YouTube, Apple TV+ and Amazon
• “The Trial of the Chicago 7” — streaming on Netflix

Two things to listen to:

The Golden Globe best original song and score nominees

Go ahead and expect some of this music to be stuck in your head. (I may or may not have listened to the “Tenet” soundtrack on my morning jog.)

Daniel Kaluuya is shown in a scene from "Judas and the Black Messiah."

Best Original Song — Motion Picture

• “Fight for You” from “Judas and the Black Messiah”
• “Hear My Voice” from “The Trial of the Chicago 7”
• “Io Sì (Seen)” from “The Life Ahead”
• “Speak Now” from “One Night in Miami”
• “Tigress & Tweed” from “The United States vs. Billie Holiday”
George Clooney directs and stars in "The Midnight Sky."

Best Original Score — Motion Picture

• Alexandre Desplat for “The Midnight Sky
• Ludwig Göransson for “Tenet
• James Newton Howard for “News of the World
• Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor for “Mank
• Jon Batiste, Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor for “Soul

One thing to talk about:

Jason Sudeikis in "Ted Lasso," now streaming on Apple TV+.
CNN’s Brian Lowry wrote that events like the Globes still give ammunition for that friend of yours who has been urging you to watch “Ted Lasso” or “The Flight Attendant,” even if that means anteing up for a subscription.

Especially this year, the nominations underscore that whatever the new normal will look like for the entertainment industry after the pandemic, “normal” won’t be a term that applies to this year’s awards season.

Something to sip on (during the Globes)

We asked some of our friends around CNN what their favorite snack, drink and attire are for at-home Golden Globes viewing. May this give you inspiration for your own Sunday night fun.

Poppy Harlow, CNN Newsroom anchor

Snack: Anything not exactly healthy!

Drink: Anything around 40-proof 🙂 **I mean … milk!

Attire: My favorite Metallica T-shirt

Miguel Marquez, CNN national correspondent

Snack: Bittersweet chocolate mousse pie from a local bakery

Drink: Champagne

Attire: Bathrobe

Erin Burnett, Erin Burnett OutFront anchor

Snack: Popcorn

Drink: Red wine

Attire: Supersoft pants

Laura Jarrett, Early Start anchor

Snack: Potato chips

Drink: Sauvignon blanc

Attire: What I have affectionately labeled my “soft” pants, aka pants with a wide elastic waistband

Pop back here next Thursday for all the latest entertainment happenings that matter.

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