The 2018 Golden Globes will live-stream on the internet for the first time ever. Each year the Hollywood Foreign Press Association gives out the Golden Globes in recognition of achievement in film and television. Former SNL head writer and current Late Night host Seth Meyers serves as host for this year's ceremony.
Historically, the Golden Globes have stood as a precursor and sometimes-reliable predictor of the more prestigious Academy Awards. The ceremony itself was first televised in Los Angeles by NBC in 1958, then went national in 1964. The Globes ceremony has provided numerous entertaining - and uncomfortable - moments over the years, cementing its status as the more entertaining little brother of the uptight Oscars.
Deadline reports that the Golden Globes this year will be live-streamed on the internet for the first time. NBC has struck a deal with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to offer the Globes ceremony via its website and mobile app. The Globes will also stream on various services including DirecTV Now, Fubo TV, Hulu Live TV, Sling TV, Sony PlayStation Vue and YouTube TV. Additionally, Facebook will stream this year's pre-show red carpet festivities.
The move to live-stream the Globes comes partly in response to last year's social media backlash over a lack of online viewing options. As more young people eschew traditional TV, it becomes increasingly incumbent upon networks to offer alternative means of viewing live events. The Golden Globes are just the latest event to bend to the will of cord cutters.
This year's Golden Globes could provide more controversy than usual owing to the current political climate. Host Seth Meyers, a noted critic of Donald Trump, will doubtless take some shots at the president during his monologue. The #metoo movement also will have its moment during the ceremony. Many prominent actors and actresses have pledged to dress in black in a show of solidarity with the cause of ending sexual harassment in Hollywood. One controversy already erupted prior to the ceremony when Jordan Peele's horror film Get Out was nominated in the Comedy/Musical category rather than Drama. Peele himself ultimately said he didn't care about the flap.
As for the actual movies, Guillermo Del Toro's The Shape of Water has the most nominations at seven. The Post, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Lady Bird and Call Me By Your Name are among the other big contenders. On the TV side, Big Little Lies, Feud: Bette and Joan, The Handmaid's Tale, This is Us and Fargo lead the way. The Golden Globes air on NBC, and live-stream all over the internet, on January 7th, 2018 beginning at 5pm PT.