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2020 Golden Globes: What to Expect at the Awards Show Tonight

LOS ANGELES — The Golden Globes are nothing if not maddeningly mixed in their messaging. Expect more of the same on Sunday night, when the caustic British comedian Ricky Gervais returns to host the 77th edition of the awards show at 8 p.m. Eastern time on NBC.

It could be a watershed moment. For the first time, a Netflix movie viewed mostly on TV sets and mobile devices, “The Irishman,” is expected to win the best drama prize.

But the givers of the Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, also hand out a trophy for best comedy or musical. An old-fashioned studio movie, “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” is likely to win that contest.

Can a moment be half a watershed?

The foreign press association, which has fewer voting members than your local P.T.A., does like to have it both ways — right down to the way they plan the festivities at the Beverly Hilton. Citing the climate crisis, the group will serve a meal consisting entirely of plants (mushroom “scallops,” cold beet soup).

Streaming video services collected 50 nominations, a 100 percent increase from last year. Netflix went into the night with 34 nods, including six for Noah Baumbach’s searing “Marriage Story,” the most of any movie, and five for “The Irishman,” Martin Scorsese’s leisurely gangster yarn. Another Netflix drama, the well-reviewed two-hander “The Two Popes,” was recognized in four categories.