The Golden Globe Ceremony tonight is expected to be filled up with political and social messages. Musical vs Drama, Vice vs Green Book, Lady Gaga vs Freddie Mercury.
Certainly, Lady Gaga will reap the awards tonight with the musical "A star is born" ready to receive the top prize of the best drama film, while Gaga's single hit "Shallow" is expected to triumph for the best original song.
“A Star is Born” comes into Sunday’s ceremony with five nominations, including two for Bradley Cooper as actor and director kicking off the annual countdown to the Oscars in the last Sunday of February.
But the competition gets stiff by the “Bohemian Rhapsody” and its stars Rami Malek performing Queen’s leading singer Freddie Mercury.
Political comedy “Vice” got the most Golden Globe nominations - six - but the film’s scathing portrait of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney has proved divisive among both audiences and film critics.
“‘Vice’ director Adam McKay really take chances with that movie. Sometimes he goes too far, and some people love it and some people are having a hard time with that,” said Tim Gray, awards editor at Hollywood publication Variety.
However, Christian Bale’s performance as Cheney is favored to beat Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Mary Poppins Returns”) and Viggo Mortensen (“Green Book”) as best comedy actor on Sunday.
A strong line-up of comedies and musicals, including “Crazy Rich Asians” and bawdy historical movie “The Favourite” starring British front runner Olivia Colman, are likely to set the tone for a light-hearted ceremony in Beverly Hills. Comedian Andy Samberg and “Killing Eve” actress Sandra Oh, who is also nominated, will host for the first time.
Unlike some previous years, a hefty dose of popular films were nominated for Golden Globes rather than art house fare.
“It’s a lot more like what awards shows used to be,” Samberg said ahead of the ceremony.
The Globes also give out awards for television, where movie stars like Julia Roberts (“Homecoming”), Michael Douglas (“The Kominsky Method”), and Hugh Grant (“A Very English Scandal”) are nominated alongside favorites like Candice Bergen for “Murphy Brown” and Debra Messing for “Will & Grace.”
Four of the five best comedy series nominees are first time contenders, and all five drama series in the race have never been Golden Globe nominated before.
The Golden Globes, chosen by the small Hollywood Foreign Press Association, will be televised live on NBC on Sunday, starting at 8 pm ET/ 5 pm PT.