Cover Tina Fey arriving for the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Rainbow room at Rockefeller center in New York on February 28, 2021. Photo: HFPA / AFP

Golden Globes may have had a scaled back and less glitzy event, but it still made history with a unique opening

Comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler opened a very unusual Golden Globes ceremony Sunday, broadcasting Hollywood's traditional awards season-opener from New York and California.

Usually a star-packed party that draws Tinseltown's biggest names to a Beverly Hills hotel ballroom, this pandemic edition is being broadcast from two scaled-down venues on opposite coasts.

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"Tina and I are hosting from two different cities—the technology is so great you will never tell the difference. It will be smooth sailing," said Poehler, as they pretended to reach across to one another while appearing together on split-screen.

Essential workers and a few A-list presenters are among the few in attendance at the Beverly Hilton and the Rainbow Room, while nominees are expected to largely remain at home, accepting awards via videolink.

Deprived of its usual glamour, the Globes which also honour the best in television—remain a coveted prize, and a high-profile source of momentum in the run-up to the season-crowning Oscars, which were pushed back this year to April.

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