“French cinema remains a world reference” for Ramzy Malouki, member of the jury and CANAL + correspondent in Los Angeles

From Los Angeles, journalist Ramzy Malouki – who is also a member of the Golden Globes jury – evokes the upheavals in the organization of the 78th edition of the ceremony due to the health crisis, and the chances of rewards for the French contenders .

How is the atmosphere there a few days before this Golden Globes ceremony?

Unlike previous years, where the last two days are mainly devoted to rehearsals on the stage of the Beverly Hilton as well as light and sound tests with hundreds of technicians, this 2021 edition will be digital. The production will have to face a major obstacle: the Internet line. The nominees, some of whom are on the other side of the world, must be able to intervene without problems in the event of victory. The Emmy Awards, a few months ago, had served as a benchmark.

With this digital edition, we will have to pray that there are no technical bugs

The Golden Globes should follow the same principle, praying that there are no technical bugs or internet shutdown. Also hoping that some named who will be at home will play the game by agreeing to put a latest model webcam instead of a smartphone. I think of one actress in particular who doesn’t give a damn about Hollywood protocol. We remember his performance at the Oscars which was brilliant.

How does the health crisis impact the course of the ceremony?

The ceremony has been redesigned differently. Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, both mothers, wished not to move. There will therefore be 2 trays. The first is at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, in the hall where the ceremony traditionally takes place. But there will be little or no public. Amy Poehler, who lives in LA, will be on this stage. Tina Fey, from New York, will give him the answer. The production chose a mythical location on the big apple as the filming location. The Rainbow Room, a private lounge located on the 65th floor of Rockefeller Center.

In addition, in terms of logistics, the location is perfect, since it is in the same building as the studios of the NBC which broadcasts the ceremony in the United States. Regarding the ceremony itself, about twenty stars, Renée Zellweger, Laura Dern, Salma Hayek, Joachin Phoenix, among others, have agreed to announce the different categories.

There will be several tributes during the evening, including one to the nursing staff

Some will be present, others will do so by videoconference. The production is very low key on this, but when I see the names of Kenan Thompson or Kristen Wiig, who, like Amy Pohler and Tina Fey, are comedians from Saturday Night Live, I don’t think I’m wrong in imagining skits. face-to-face. There will also be several tributes during the evening, including one to the nursing staff.

Tina Fey and Amy Poelher will host the ceremony for the 4th time, but from two different locations. What to expect from them in this special context?

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are both “graduates” of the weekly show Saturday Night Live. In other words, they are used to working under pressure to write their skits. In this specific case, even physically separated, their complicity remains intact. They know each other well, and have an innate sense of comedic timing. In addition, they are supported by a team of authors and other actors they know well, such as those from the SNL that I mentioned. It remains to be seen how the duo will interact technically from the two sets.

France has four representatives among the nominees, Tahar Rahim, Alexandre Desplat, Florian Zeller and the feature film “Deux”. What are their chances of coming away with a reward?

It’s hard for me to predict because I myself am a member of the Golden Globes jury. But it is clear that as a Frenchman, I hope to see at least one of the nominees win a statuette. Tahar Rahim, appointed for the first time in his career, proves that he has achieved the goal he set for himself, to be an international actor. Florian Zeller is regarded by the New York Times as one of the best playwrights of his generation. Alexandre Desplat is a veteran of the Golden Globes. he has been nominated 12 times and won the statuette twice. As for the film “Deux”, it shows once again that French cinema remains a world reference.

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“French cinema remains a world reference” for Ramzy Malouki, member of the jury and CANAL + correspondent in Los Angeles