LOS ANGELES- The Golden Globes will be handed out under pandemic conditions on Sunday on a night that could see big wins for streaming service Netflix, honors for late actor Chadwick Boseman, and a smattering of celebrities in pajamas.
Netflix Inc goes into Sunday's virtual celebration of movies and television, hosted from New York and Los Angeles by comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, with a dominant 22 film nominations but still in search of its first best movie win.
Yet pundits say a "Mank" victory is far from assured from the small and unpredictable Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) whose members choose the winners.
"It has everything going for it in terms of pedigree and there is a sense that awards shows love stories about the industry. But I feel like 'Mank' is not everyone's favorite," said Alison Willmore, film critic at entertainment website Vulture.com
The biggest competition comes from Searchlight Pictures' DIS.N "Nomadland," a moving documentary-style drama about van dwellers in recession-hit America, and star-laden Netflix 1960s hippie courtroom drama "The Trial of the Chicago 7." The #MeToo revenge black comedy "Promising Young Woman" and the unsettling ageing tale "The Father" round out the film drama nominations.
The Disney+ TV DIS.N film of hit Broadway musical "Hamilton" and Amazon Studios'"Borat Subsequent Moviefilm," a satire on the America of former President Donald Trump, are seen as front-runners in the best comedy or musical movie category.
For television, the Netflix royal series "The Crown," whose current season focuses on the late Princess Diana, leads the way with six nods, followed by quirky small-town comedy "Schitt's Creek" on Pop TV.
Boseman, whose death at 43 of an undisclosed battle with cancer stunned fans and the industry, is considered the favorite for a posthumous best actor Golden Globe. Boseman's last performance, as a brash trumpet player in drama "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," was released after his death.
"It's a big room-filling performance that is set apart from a lot of the other contenders," said Willmore.
Jane Fonda and TV producer Norman Lear will get lifetime achievement awards, while a diverse array of stars, including Riz Ahmed ("Sound of Metal"), Andra Day ("The United States vs. Billie Holiday"), Viola Davis ("Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"), Daniel Kaluuya ("Judas and the Black Messiah") and Leslie Odom Jr. ("One Night in Miami"), are up for acting honors.
This year, because of the pandemic, they will be waiting at home for their names to be called, rather than walking the red carpet before wining and dining in the Beverly Hilton hotel.
Nicholas Hoult, who is nominated for playing Russian Emperor Peter III in TV comedy "The Great," said he would be watching from home in London, where it will be well past midnight.
"I will probably be sitting in bed with the top half of my tuxedo, and pajamas on the bottom," said Hoult.
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; editing by Jonathan Oatis) ((email@example.com; 310 491 7279;))