6 Reasons to Get Pumped for the Golden Globes
Golden Globes weekend is upon us! The stars have gravitated to Los Angeles , flying in from all over the world to convene at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's 72nd annual award show tonight (pssssst: We even spotted a cast member of Girls on our JFK --> LAX plane ride). So if you haven’t set an iCal note to tune in to NBC, let this serve as your *official* reminder.
During the show coverage, you're bound to hear a lot about the B's—Birdman, Boyhood, and British Boys (Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking and Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing)—but they aren't the only reason we're pumped. Here’s what else to look forward to:
1. TINA AND AMY ARE BACKIf it ain’t broke, why fix it? The giggle fit-inducing Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are returning to host the Globes for the THIRD time this Sunday. With so many pop culture events dominating the news this year (how can they not mention The Interview/Sony hack insanity?), we’re sure they have enough ammo to prove just why they're the queens of comedy. Sadly, it will be their last time ever hosting, so drink it up while you can.
2. JULIANNE MOORE MAY WIN TWICE! IF NOT, AT LEAST ONCE PERHAPS...Let's all just give a hand to Julianne Moore right now, shall we? She is the only woman this year to earn two nominations, up for the Best Actress award in both Comedy (for Maps to the Stars) and Drama (Still Alice). Personally, I’m a gigantic fan of Still Alice, and rooting for her to take home the top drama prize for her powerful, convincing, emotional role as a woman who is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease.
3. JENNIFER ANISTON BEGINS HER CAKE RUNOur February cover girl Jennifer Aniston has not attended the Golden Globes since 2010, and this will be a pretty big return: She's nominated for Best Actress in a Movie, Drama, for her dressed-down role in Cake. While all our fashion editors are psyched to see what she's going to wear (will it be her trademark black?), the entertainment critics are eager to find out if she'll beat out her competition for the win—which would subsequently almost guarantee her first-ever Oscar nomination.
4. GINA RODRIGUEZ’S BIG MOMENTThe CW show Jane the Virgin gained such an impressive following in its first season, mainly because of 30-year-old star Gina Rodriguez, who is up for the Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy category. She’ll be up against Julia Louis-Dreyfuss (Veep), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Lena Dunham (Girls), and Taylor Schilling (Orange Is the New Black). Yes, they’re all heavy-hitters, but don’t discount Miss Rodriguez—Jane the Virgin already won the AFI Television Program of the Year Award and the Favorite New TV Comedy at the People’s Choice Awards earlier this week.
5. THE PRESENTERS ARE INCREDIBLEThere will be so much more eye candy than just the nominees! The HFPA booked Jared Leto, Clive Owen, Paul Rudd, Vince Vaughn, and Bryan Cranston to present. The stars of 50 Shades of Grey, Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, will also make an appearance together (fingers crossed they'll debut another salacious clip from the movie's Valentine's Day release). And the ladies set to hit the stage are what red carpet dreams are made of: Jennifer Lopez, Lupita Nyong'o, Kerry Washington, and Kate Beckinsale to name just a few.
6. THE PARTYING Let's be honest, this isn't the Oscars. This is not a theater set-up, it's dinner! And that means booze! If you only learn one thing from Tina and Amy, let it be that it's all about the entertainment. The Moet champagne doesn't stop flowing as soon as the ceremony starts (last year Taylor Swift clinked glasses with Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts at her table) and it lasts long after the telecast is over as the stars filter out to the several parties hosted at The Beverly Hilton. The biggest one of all? The InStyle and Warner Brothers official after-party, of course.
BONUS REASON: THE AFFAIR'S SEXY CAST OK, this is just my personal opinion, but I’m very much looking forward to seeing the cast of Showtime’s The Affair enjoy their first awards show together after a thrilling first season debut (it was my favorite new show of the year). Both principals—Dominic West (adulterous Noah) and Ruth Wilson (adulterous Allison) are nominated for their work, West for Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama and Wilson for Best Actress. It may be a long shot for them to take home the top prize, but the recognition for the series is already a win.
Tune in to NBC Sunday, January 11 at 8ET/5PT to see all the memorable moments unfold live, and follow all of InStyle's up-to-the-minute coverage on InStyle.com, @instyle on Twitter, @instylemagazine on Instagram.