Matt Lauer to Host NBC’s Primetime Golden Globes Special

“Going for Gold” features interviews with Bradley Cooper, Brad Pitt and the cast of “12 Years a Slave,” among others

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NBC has tapped “Today” co-host Matt Lauer to host its primetime Golden Globes special airing Friday at 8/7c.

Produced by the NBC News division, “Going for Gold” features interviews with several of this year’s Globes nominees.

Lauer’s former “Today” co-host, Ann Curry, sat down with Brad Pitt and his Best Motion Picture nominated “12 Years a Slave” co-stars, including Best Actor nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor, Best Supporting Actor nominee Michael Fassbender and Best Supporting Actress nominee Lupita Nyong’o. Best Director nominee Steve McQueen also interviewed with Curry.

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Additionally, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-anchor and co-anchor of the third hour of “Today,” Willie Geist interviewed “American Hustle’s” Golden Globe nominees Bradley Cooper and director David O. Russell. The film is also nominated for Best Motion Picture.

“Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush, NBC News contributor Harry Smith and Dateline’s Keith Morrison take part in the special with interviews with “Breaking Bad’s” Bryan Cranston, “Veep” and “Enough Said’s” Julia Louis-Dreyfus and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and “Luther” star Idris Elba.

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Three-time nominated “Inside Llewyn Davis” stars Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan and Globe nominee Oscar Isaac will also make an appearance on the special.

The Golden Globe Awards airs Sunday at 8/7c on NBC.