From Ricky Gervais to SUCCESSION, What's Up With The 77th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE® AWARDS? Lainey Lui Loops Us In!

— January 2, 2020

By BILL HARRIS Special to The Lede Here’s the golden rule for the GOLDEN GLOBES: If anyone is on top of what’s going to happen, it’s Lainey! With the 77th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE® AWARDS set to air Sunday, Jan. 5 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV, we asked Lainey Lui - ETALK senior correspondent, co-host of THE SOCIAL, and host of the upcoming series CRAVINGS: THE AFTERSHOW, debuting Jan. 12 on Crave - to break it all down: Q: The last time we did this was for the EMMY AWARDS, and I have to say, your predictions were incredibly accurate. Lainey: "Well, I like you more and more. Anyone who tells me I'm right is my friend." Q: What do you think is going to happen with the always controversial Ricky Gervais returning to host the GOLDEN GLOBES? Is there a danger of the media and viewers building it up too much? Lainey: "I think he's going to go for it. And he has some good targets there. Now, that doesn't necessarily mean everything he does is going to land. And for the stuff that does land, that doesn't mean there isn't going to be some blow-back. But will it be the right kind of blow-back? I don't know. Sometimes he does have a tendency to punch down. So if he goes for it, I hope he chooses his targets judiciously." Q: At least on the surface, Hollywood is a different place now than it was the last time Ricky Gervais hosted, so does he have to be more careful? Lainey: "Well, if you remember last time, he went for Mel Gibson, but that was before #MeToo. That was before the reckoning, although there really was no reckoning, there are comebacks all over the place. Anyway, when I say I hope he goes for it judiciously, going for a Mel Gibson would be fair. But making light of the #MeToo movement? I don't know if that's the right move. So we'll see." Q: Let's get to the biggest categories. How do you feel about TV drama? Lainey: "I think in not nominating GAME OF THRONES - which to me is correct - they already declared the big upset. There are two considerations here. The first is that even though people make fun of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (which runs the GOLDEN GLOBES), because they're a weird, eclectic group of journalists, what they do get right often is they have their finger on the pulse of television earlier than the EMMY AWARDS. So if they continue with that trend, then it's going to be SUCCESSION, which is the best drama of 2019. However ... if they lean into their, um, star-loving side, then it's going to be THE MORNING SHOW." Q: TV comedy or musical? Lainey: "It's a slam dunk on the comedy side. I think it's FLEABAG." Q: Movie comedy or musical? Lainey: "There are always shenanigans with these categories. I cannot believe that Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is in the ‘comedy or musical’ category. It shouldn't be there, let's face it. But it's going to win, it's a no-brainer. They can't resist Quentin Tarantino, and Brad Pitt, and Leonardo DiCaprio, there's no way." Q: And finally, movie drama? Lainey: "I would say this is the most unpredictable. So let's do what we did last time, and throw out what it's NOT going to be. Forget The Two Popes, there's no way. I don't think 1917 has a chance either. Probably the English side of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association pushed for that, the European side, but I just don't think it has the glam factor of the other films. So that leaves The Irishman, Joker, and Marriage Story, and I honestly don't know if the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is going to be able to resist The Irishman. Martin Scorsese, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, you know, that whole cast. So I would say it’s probably The Irishman in first place, Marriage Story second, and Joker third." billharristv@gmail.com @billharris_tv
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