Australian viewers will once again get the chance to watch the Golden Globe Awards live to air on Monday when they screen direct via satellite on FOX8.
Foxtel has a long track record of screening award events live to air including the Emmys, Screen Actors Guild Awards, American Music Awards and the Tony Awards. They would probably screen the Oscars live if they had them too, but Nine has those stitched up.
Pay TV's prize is free-to-air's misfortune with none of the commercial networks picking up re-broadcast rights for the show. That's a shame given that the rather wonderful Ricky Gervais is hosting the show -- its first host since 1995. He's even been given "free reign" from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).
"We never thought a host was necessary," HFPA president Philip Berk said. "Only when NBC suggested the idea that a host might enhance the show, my response was the only person we could consider for the task would be Ricky Gervais, and we were lucky to get him." Indeed…
There are three Aussies up for awards this year, all of them in the television categories. Non-American actors have traditionally had a good run given the Globe's foreign roots, but it's no guarantee of success.
Emmy winner Toni Collette is up for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series (Comedy or Musical) for United States of Tara. Competing against her are Courteney Cox (Cougar Town), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Lea Michele (Glee) and two-time winner Tina Fey (30 Rock). Is it Tina or Toni in 2010?
In Best Performance by an Actor in Television Series (Drama), Simon Baker (The Mentalist) faces off against Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Hugh Laurie (House), John Hamm (Mad Men) and Bill Paxton (Big Love). This will be tough for Baker to triumph. Both Laurie and Hamm are previous winners here and Hall is frequently nominated without winning.
Finally, Rose Byrne's shining performance alongside Glenn Close in Damages sees her nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Series, Miniseries or Television Film) for the second time. Could she defeat Jane Adams (Hung), Jane Lynch (Glee), Janet McTeer (Into the Storm) and Chloë Sevigny (Big Love)? Yes, she could -- don't write her off. If Australia brings home any trophies this year it will probably be in the hands of a female.
Also jumping on the awards bandwagon is E! which will screen Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic Live from the red carpet from 10am-12pm. If that's not enough, the irrepressible Joan Rivers rips into the fashions later on with Khloé Kardashian Odom, Giuliana Rancic and Jay Manuel on Fashion Police: The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Wednesday, January 20 at 2:50pm.
See you on the red carpet!
The 67th Golden Globe Awards airs live 12pm Monday, January 18 on FOX8.