The Golden Globes
Yes, of course, the Golden Globes are completely silly and frivolous and pointless. But that’s why they’re fun. And why should you watch this year, other than the hope of seeing Meryl Streep get tipsy and Daniel Day-Lewis give an acceptance speech in the voice of Lincoln? Five words: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. As hosts. (Wait, that’s seven.) I’ll be hosting a live Globes chat at seattletimes.com, starting at 4 p.m. Sunday; join me in assessing gowns, analyzing speeches, and cybergiggling. Pre-show 4 p.m., ceremony 5 p.m., Jan. 13 on NBC.
Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times movie critic
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