Viewers who want to watch the 2016 Golden Globe Awards live online will be in for some work, with NBC not offering live streaming video of the event and leaving some work for those who want to watch from the comfort of their computer chair.
The Golden Globe Awards is the first major award show of the season and traditionally an indicator of the upcoming Academy Awards. It also touts four hours of celebrity glitz and glamour, making it the biggest night for both the best in television and movies.
The ceremony itself starts at 8 p.m. on NBC, though red carpet interviews start at 7 p.m. But, unlike most other major award shows, the Golden Globes will have no official live-streaming video offered for online viewers.
As NBC has explained, there are several incorrect stories claiming the show can be viewed online when the network has actually decided against live-streaming video of the Golden Globe Awards.
Newsweek spoke to an NBC representative to confirm the details.
“NBC spokeswoman Jill Carmen tells Newsweek via email that nbc.com will not be streaming the arrivals special or the ceremony online, not even for those with a cable login, and that several outlets have incorrectly reported that NBC will be doing a live stream. When asked if any other site or platform would do so, Carmen said ‘No, there will be no live streaming of the arrivals special or the Golden Globe awards ceremony.’ At all. None.”
Without the official feed from NBC, there are still a few options for those who want to watch the Golden Globes live online (you can find links below).
Viewers who watch the 2016 Golden Globe Awards live online will see a new, but familiar face taking over hosting duties. After three straight years of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, British comedian Ricky Gervais will be taking over once again. He hosted from 2010 to 2012, becoming famous for his sharp barbs at the celebrities in the audience.
Gervais predicted there would be more of the same at this year’s award ceremony.
“I’ve got to bite the hand that feeds me,” he told NBC‘s Matt Lauer. “I’ve got to have a go at NBC, at the Hollywood Foreign Press — with good humor.”
Those who watch the Golden Globes online will have a good chance at seeing the eventual Academy Award winners. The show has a strong track record of predicting the movie industry’s biggest awards, which was the case in 2013 and 2014 when Argo and 12 Years a Slave won the Globe for Best Drama and then went on to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
The Golden Globes don’t have a perfect track record of predicting the Oscars, including picking Boyhood last year as the Best Drama instead of the eventual Best Picture winner Birdman.
Here are some of the major 2016 Golden Globe Award nominees.
Best Motion Picture – Drama
Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
The Big Short
Best Television Series – Drama
Game of Thrones (HBO)
Mr. Robot (USA)
Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical
Mozart in the Jungle (Amazon)
Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
Silicon Valley (HBO)
Best Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
American Crime (ABC)
American Horror Story: Hotel(FX)
Flesh and Bone (Starz)
The full list of nominees for the Golden Globes can be found here.
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Just how will you be able to watch the 2016 Golden Globe Awards live online? Beware of scams and shady websites, which won’t be mentioned by name here. They are not recommended, as the streams hosted are likely illegal.
With no official link from NBC, there are still a few (legal) options. Slingbox users will be able to legally stream the event live to their computers. There are some alternatives to SlingBox, but if you don’t already own the box before Sunday then you’re pretty much out of luck. For the Golden Globe red carpet show, E! is providing full coverage completely free through its livestream.
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