Golden Globes kicks off Hollywood awards season with Taika Waititi and Anthony McCarten vying for wins

The Hollywood awards season kicks off on Monday with all the glitz, glam and gossip of the Golden Globes.

Comedian Ricky Gervais is back as host to roast the gathered glitterati and among them this year are some of our own.

With Hollywood's awards telecasts fighting record low ratings the Golden Globes have this year opted for shock and awe, re-enlisting controversial host Ricky Gervais for a record 5th time. And nobody is more ready to roast than Ricky Gervais himself.

Among the potential roastees and nominees this year, Taika Waititi with Jojo Rabbit.

When the critically acclaimed anti-hate satire won the prestigious People's Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival the awards chatter began in earnest, already nominated for honours by the Screen Actors and Art Directors Guilds, seven nominations at next week's Critic's Choice Awards, and of course for two Golden Globes.

Jojo is up for two big ones; Best Film Comedy or Musical and Best Actor Comedy Musical for young newcomer Roman Griffin Davis.

Waititi and Jojo Rabbit producers Carthew Neal and Chelsea Winstanley aren't the only New Zealanders in the Globes mix this year. Writer Anthony McCarten is up for Best Screenplay for his work on The Two Popes.

It's also highly likely Waititi and McCarten will go head to head for Oscars as both are predicted to get a nod for Best Adapted Screenplay when the nominations are announced next week.