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Golden Globes 2021 May Not Predict the Oscars, but They Will Help a Few Key Contenders

Don't expect the HFPA to line up with the Academy across the board. Still, there are a few films and performances that could gain momentum on Sunday.


There are a lot of reasons to be cynical about the Golden Globes. The Hollywood Foreign Press has faced a slew of accusations about the unethical nature of its organization. While some of the nominees are awards season heavy-hitters (“Nomadland, “The Trial of the Chicago 7”), others are anything but (“Music,” “The Prom”). And the 80-odd HFPA members aren’t exactly poised to pick the winners among the movies resonating with Academy voters.

Nevertheless, there are a few key ways that the 2021 Golden Globes ceremony are poised to help several contenders, from triple-threat nominee Sacha Baron Cohen to “Mank” contender Amanda Seyfried. A few speeches could resonate and a handful of films might surprise. In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson discuss the potential impact of Sunday’s show. Then, they turn to the news of New York City movie theaters reopening next week and why it’s unlikely to have a big impact in the immediate future.

Watch the full episode above or listen to it below. 

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