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Golden Globes 2016: time and TV schedule

Ricky Gervais, hosting the 69th Golden Globes in 2011.
Ricky Gervais, hosting the 69th Golden Globes in 2011.
Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC via Getty Images

The 2016 Golden Globe Awards — helmed by returning host Ricky Gervais — will air live on NBC on Sunday, January 10, at 8 pm EST. NBC told Newsweek last week that unlike previous years, a live stream won't be available online, so tuning in to a real live television is just about the only chance you've got.

There's no other awards show quite like the Golden Globes. While the Emmys aim for a swanky "Oscars of television" vibe, the Golden Globes — which celebrate achievements in both film and TV — look more like a fancy afterparty than an actual award ceremony. With everyone seated at dinner tables instead of in formal rows, and with drinks flowing throughout the event, the Globes is inevitably one of the most fun shows to watch.

The actual winners of the Golden Globes can also be some of the most unpredictable awards results, thanks to the ever-shadowy, 90-person voting bloc of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which tends to make less traditional choices than the Oscars or Emmys. And unlike the Oscars, the Golden Globes notably split movies into comedy and drama categories.

To watch this year's 73rd annual ceremony and to see the nominees squirming under Gervais's smirky gaze, tune in to NBC for the live broadcast.

For all your red carpet needs, preshow coverage starts on NBC and NBC.com one hour before the main event, at 7 pm. EST. If you feel like watching Giuliana Rancic and Ryan Seacrest's fashion-centric sideshow, you can tune in to E! at 6 pm EST or watch it online at Hulu, which will be live-streaming E!'s coverage this year.

How to watch:

When: Sunday, January 10 at 8 pm Eastern/5 pm Pacific (with preshow coverage starting on NBC at 7 pm Eastern)

Where: The Beverly Hilton, Los Angeles

TV: NBC

Host: Ricky Gervais

Online: NBC.com