Golden Globes sheds hard scenery for coronavirus era ceremony
Perhaps the most notable change was the hosting situation.
Tina Fey hosted from the Rainbow Room in Rockefeller Center in New York City, with Amy Poehler hosting from the usual venue, the International Ballroom in the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
The pair have frequently hosted the Globes telecasts in the past but both from the Beverly Hilton. The awards have used the room since 1961.
Besides giving the show the ability to change backgrounds on the fly, the video walls also were used to show live and taped feeds from off site honorees, as well as display category names and used in floating camera video on video shots to showcase clips from nominated shows and other content.
Brian Stonestreet provided production design for the show’s two stages with lighting design by Full Flood. The Los Angeles stage was built by Scenic Express with the New York City stage from PRG.
Despite a noble effort to run a telecast from two locations, the telecast suffered multiple technical glitches, including open mics that caused shuffling sounds to make it on air, pre-taped acceptance speeches that started running without audio and odd echos when either Fey or Poehler spoke from their respective location. There were also often awkward delays between the two hosts’ banter.
Going to and from breaks, the nominee video screen area featured audio from their video call feeds, apparently on purpose, but the conversations were often stilted and dipped in and out.
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2020’s ceremony aired earlier in the year, Jan. 5, 2020, to be exact, just as some of the first cases of coronavirus were being reported but well before so-called “lockdowns” and “stay at home” orders were implemented so was presented in the traditional way.