Pop the champagne and grab your scorecards: It’s time to pit Westworld against Westeros, Reynolds against Gosling, John Lithgow’s glowering Winston Churchill against John Travolta’s eyebrow wig. On Sunday, Hollywood’s (mostly) inebriated, self-congratulatory side will be on full display on a NBC channel near you, as Jimmy Fallon kicks off the 74th annual Golden Globes.
Wait, why are we telling you to watch some glitzy awards show? Well, for one, there’s always a good chance some celeb will get hammered and say something stupid that’ll blow up all of your social feeds. And, for another, 2017 could be the year that genre TV gets its due: Westworld and Stranger Things are both strong contenders for best television drama, up against Netflix’s historical drama The Crown, NBC’s This Is Us, and omnipresent Game of Thrones. That goes for their actors, too, as genre stars Winona Ryder (Stranger Things) will be up against Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld) and Catriona Balfe (Outlander) for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama.
That’s just the television categories. By the time the movie awards come around, there may be enough emptied bottles of wine in the Beverly Hilton hotel for some real drama. Best Drama Motion Picture offers up an Oscars dry run between this year’s two frontrunners, Manchester By the Sea and Moonlight–and there’s the possibility of real drama in the best director category, especially if Mel Gibson wins for Hacksaw Ridge and makes up for fawning Fallon’s lack of Ricky Gervais-style offensive humor. Unlike the Oscars, the Golden Globes still separate drama and comedy, giving 2016’s less heavy movies a chance at recognition too, including Deadpool, 20th Century Women, and Sing Street–and one actual musical, Damien Chazelle’s beloved La La Land. (Although after last year’s choice of the uproarious comedy The Martian, we profess no insights into the inscrutable minds of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.)
So tune into NBC, pour yourself a cocktail or four, and watch the tipsiest of awards ceremonies unfold. Here are the best ways to follow along.
The awards start on NBC at 8pm EST on Sunday. But if you just can’t wait for the fancy coifs and fawning commentary, Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic will start red carpet coverage on E! at 6pm EST.
If you don’t have cable or a good digital antenna, you can watch the live-stream on NBC.com with a log-in–which, of course, you can only get with a valid “TV provider.” Otherwise, it’s tricky to watch legally, but you can always catch the drunken gaffes and inevitable Jennifer Lawrence GIFs on Facebook and Tumblr. (In fact, Giphy will be churning out clips in real time, so it’ll be easier than ever.) Speaking of which…
In addition to all the posts that will surely clog your feeds, Twitter will be live-streaming the pre-show red carpet. You can watch that here starting at 6pm EST. Twitter won’t have the ceremony itself, but keep it open–that’s where the best commentary will be anyway.