How to Celebrate the Golden Globe Awards in Wisconsin

With the uncertainty of the past year, it was hard to guess whether or not award season would be able to carry on like normal. Now, with less than a week out from the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards, it’s clear that film aficionados and entertainment connoisseurs will indeed have the opportunity to celebrate some of the best in television and film this year. Here are some ideas for how to celebrate the Golden Globe Awards in Wisconsin.

What to Know About the Golden Globes

The Golden Globe Awards celebrate the best achievements in everything from film and television—and usually serve as an early indicator of who might take home an Oscar statue at the Golden Globes. The ceremony typically airs in early January, but due to COVID-19 concerns, the event was pushed back to the end of February. Now, the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards will air live coast to coast on NBC on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, from The Beverly Hilton Hotel. It’s still a bit unclear how exactly the show will look with regards to in-person attendees, but audiences can expect an entertaining evening with comedy duo Amy Poehler and Tina Fey set to return as hosts for the program again.

How to Watch the Golden Globes From Home

Thanks to the accessibility provided via the Internet, cable and streaming services, just about anyone should be able to tune into the program. Those with cable can watch the show live on NBC or through the NBC website and app. Paid subscription services like Fubo TV, Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV, and even Youtube TV also carry the show—if you’re not already subscribed, you can always test out the free trial for the purposes of the occasion.

Those looking to make a full day out of the event can also tune into the HFPA’s exclusive red carpet coverage, the “HFPA Presents: Globes Countdown Live.” The countdown will air before the 2021 Golden Globes starting at 6:30 p.m. EST on the Golden Globes Twitter account. The 90-minute pre-show will be hosted by actress Sofia Carson and “Access Hollywood” reporter Zuri Hall, who will conduct celebrity interviews virtually. It’s still unclear if there will be any red carpet coverage at this time.

You can also fill out your own personal ballot to cast all of your predictions for the big night’s winners with this downloadable Golden Globes 2021 ballot from The Gold Knight.

Golden Globes Viewing Parties

The Good Afternoon Planet Earth Podcast is inviting viewers from Wisconsin and across the country to a virtual Golden Globes 2021 Live Stream Party—featuring PJ’s, prosecco and all! The event will take place from 8 to 10 p.m. EST on Feb. 28, and attendees can watch the livestream on their YouTube channel for free. To participate in the festivities, guests can also join the Good Afternoon Planet Earth TV Patreon and the Zoom link to be in the live will be provided here. Party activities include a virtual red carpet Karaoke party in between commercial breaks, Golden Globes 2021 Bingo and more. 

Where to Watch the Golden Globe-Nominated Films in Wisconsin

Opening downtown at The State on Feb. 19 is the Golden Globe-nominated film “Nomadland” which focuses on the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, as Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad. 

Another Golden Globe-nominated film, “Minari” is playing at The State theater, as well. The movie, which is nominated for Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language at the 2021 Golden Globes, is a tender story that follows a Korean-American family that moves to a tiny Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream.  The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. Amidst the challenges of this new life in the Ozarks, Minari shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really builds a home and family. 

Other Wisconsin Film Events to Enjoy

The Beloit International Film Festival, also referred to as BIFF, is an annual 10-day film festival that celebrates the power of independent film from around the globe. Local residents and visitors from across the nation fill venues ranging in size from 40 to 400 seats to view more than 100 films and meet scores of filmmakers who come from throughout the U.S. and around the world. 

In this collection of six shorts, titled “Our Right to Gaze: Black Film Identities,” filmmakers gaze at themselves and their world, attempting to make sense of what they see reflected back.  From gripping drama to heart-warming comedy, this series features timely stories from Black artists that take us outside of the ordinary. This series has been collaboratively created by Full Spectrum Features, Northwest Film Forum, Luminal Theater, and Circle Collective, as a means of putting tools of filmmaking directly into the hands of Black filmmakers, creating pathways towards independent distribution, and co-creating mentorship opportunities to help build the careers of emerging filmmakers.

Celebrating Wisconsin’s Own at the Golden Globes

Kenosha native, Mark Ruffalo, collected his fourth Golden Globe nomination for his dual role portrayal in HBO’s “I Know This Much Is True.”

Another nominated film features ties to Kenosha, as well. “Mank,” the Old Hollywood drama about screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz and his tortured journey to writing “Citizen Kane” (for none other than Kenosha native Orson Welles), dominated the Globes with six nominations, including best drama.

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