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How to Celebrate the Golden Globe Awards in California

Despite a year ridden with delayed production schedules and a number of buzz-worthy flicks forced to debut on streaming services (or have their release pushed back altogether), the 78th Golden Globe Awards are still set to premiere this coming Sunday. Here’s everything to know about the event, including how you can join in on celebrating the grandeur of one of Hollywood’s biggest nights.

What to Know About the Golden Globes

The Golden Globe Awards celebrate the best achievements in everything from film and television—and usually serve as an early indicator of who might take home an Oscar statue at the Golden Globes. The ceremony typically airs in early January, but due to COVID-19 concerns, the event was pushed back to the end of February. Now, the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards will air live coast to coast on NBC on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, from The Beverly Hilton Hotel. It’s still a bit unclear how exactly the show will look with regards to in-person attendees, but audiences can expect an entertaining evening with comedy duo Amy Poehler and Tina Fey set to return as hosts for the program again.

How to Watch the Golden Globes From Home

Thanks to the accessibility provided via the Internet, cable and streaming services, just about anyone should be able to tune into the program. Those with cable can watch the show live on NBC or through the NBC website and app. Paid subscription services like Fubo TV, Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV, and even Youtube TV also carry the show—if you’re not already subscribed, you can always test out the free trial for the purposes of the occasion.

Those looking to make a full day out of the event can also tune into the HFPA’s exclusive red carpet coverage, the “HFPA Presents: Globes Countdown Live.” The countdown will air before the 2021 Golden Globes starting at 6:30 p.m. EST on the Golden Globes Twitter account. The 90-minute pre-show will be hosted by actress Sofia Carson and “Access Hollywood” reporter Zuri Hall, who will conduct celebrity interviews virtually. It’s still unclear if there will be any red carpet coverage at this time.

And what better way to pay homage to a night beloved for its grandeur and decadence, than to splurge on a dining package cultivated by one of Hollywood’s most famed restaurants? The Jean-Georges Beverly Hills is offering an exclusive Golden Globes Viewing Party Package complete with a crustacean platter with lobster, shrimp, crab, and ginger cocktail sauce. The package will also include hamachi crispy sushi, truffle fritters, house-made jidori chicken tenders, and an almond cake with berry compote. Drinks are included too (of course) via their a la carte beverage selection. The exquisite dining package is $190 in total and serves four people. 

Culver City health conscious restaurant, AKASHA, is also promoting a Golden Globes Watch Party Menu of its own. Flavorful menu items include the grilled lemon shrimp skewers, prosciutto wrapped medjool dates, flourless chocolate almond torte, and a blood orange and mandarin margarita—all of which can be ordered to-go.

Indulge In A Golden Globes After-Party VIP Experience

For fans of the award show looking to be a bit more involved in the night—at least beyond what they’re watching on their TV’s—VIP Concierge is the place to book tickets to some of Tinseltown’s most definitive post-event celebrations. Year after year, the Golden Globe Award ceremony is regarded as being one of the most entertaining nights in Hollywood, and the after-parties are no exception. VIP Concierge’s famed VIP packages are the hot ticket item to book if you’re interested in partying alongside some of the biggest celebrities in the entertainment industry.

Best Restaurants to Visit on Golden Globes Night

While most stars enjoy indulging in the glamor of Hollywood’s biggest after-parties, others prefer to keep things more low-key. The Four Seasons’ restaurant, Culina, not only serves up delicious food and drinks (hello, mimosas) but it’s also proven to be a hotspot for celebrities looking for a more casual atmosphere. The spot is frequented most by filmmakers and producers, with director Quentin Tarantino being a regular guest for any business-related meetings.

Chateau Marmont might be as well-known of a celebrity hotspot as a place could get. The patio at this Los Angeles hotel is always busy awards weekends, and is surprisingly casual despite its high-profile guest list. 

And last, but not least, Sunset Tower Hotel is pretty much always bustling with celebrities, agents, producers and just about everyone in between who works with some of Hollywood’s biggest names. Big-name publicist firms like CAA have historically held after-party—albeit pretty tightly guarded—celebrations at this hotel. But the terrace and tower bar are perfect pretty much any weekend of award season—especially for those looking to spot celebs while also enjoying light bites and decadent cocktails.

Other Ways to Celebrate Film Ahead of the Golden Globes

While the Golden Globes mark the official beginning of award season, California is really home to hundreds of different entertainment events, film premieres, festivals and so much more to satisfy the pop culture nerd in all of us, year-round. Beginning this month and going on through April 3 is the Florana First Annual Manhattan Beach International Film Festival, which is a drive-in event that will celebrate the history and future of film.

And seasonal fave Street Food Cinema is making some social-distance–friendly tweaks to its schedule and parking itself at a few locations for drive-in movie screenings—including some previous Golden Globe Award-winning flicks.

Due to circumstances surrounding the pandemic, details of these events are subject to change.

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