Not a ball in sight as my fave season kicks off

MONDAY is an exciting day for someone in my line of work.

Yes, it's the day I hand Weekend back to editor Kiri but that's not why I'm excited.

Monday will see me parked in front of my TV for the annual Golden Globes, the awards that set Hollywood's annual awards season into high gear.

Our beautiful cover woman Cate Blanchett is once again a favourite, gaining as much critical praise for her latest film Carol, reviewed in today's Screenlife page, as she received for Blue Jasmine in 2013 (a role that earned her a second Oscar).

She is already one of Australia's most successful awards winners and is the only Aussie to have won Oscars in two acting categories.

A win at Monday's Globes would be a good early indicator for her Oscars hopes this year.

This week's big read looks at the broader issue of gender equality in the film industry and who is likely to follow in the footsteps of this past year's big-screen heroines.

I'm very excited to see what sort of Ghostbusters Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy make in the all-female reboot of the '80s franchise.

If movies aren't your thing, Weekend has plenty of other stories and columns to tickle your fancy.

Fiji's international golf course proves a challenge for travel writer Shirley Sinclair and MKR winners Dan and Steph have a tasty lamb recipe for time-poor parents.

DIY experts Ayden and Jess also share the exciting first pictures from their biggest project to date - building their dream family home.

Even experienced reality TV renovators like them have learned a thing or two along the way and are happy to share their valuable lessons.