By LINDSEY BAHR, AP screenwriter
If the Golden Globe Awards aren’t on TV, will anyone care?
This is just one of the tough questions facing the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which is plagued by its film awards on Sunday night with no TV show, nominees, famous guests, red carpet, host, press, or even live broadcast. In a controversial year, Hollywood’s self-proclaimed largest party has been reduced to little more than a Twitter thread.
Members of the HFPA and some of the group’s philanthropic grant recipients gather at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for a 90-minute private event starting at 9 p.m. ET on Sunday. The names of the film and television winners will be revealed to the world in real time on social media and the organization’s website. Particular attention, they say, will be given to their charitable efforts over the years.
That the organization hosts any type of event has come as a surprise to many in Hollywood. The HFPA has come under fire after a Los Angeles Times investigation in February revealed ethical lapses and a startling lack of diversity – there was not a single black journalist in the group of 87. Studios and PR agencies threatened to boycott. Tom Cruise has even returned his three Golden Globes, while other A-listers have condemned the group on social media.
They pledged to reform last year, but even after a public statement on the 78th show, their longtime broadcast partner NBC announced in May that it would not broadcast the 2022 Golden Globes because “A change of this magnitude takes time and work “. The broadcaster typically pays around $ 60 million for the broadcast rights to the show, which ranks among the most-watched awards show behind the Oscars and Grammys.
Although often ridiculed, Hollywood had come to accept the Golden Globes as a legitimate and useful step in a competitive awards season. And for audiences around the world, it was a pretty lively evening, with glamorous fashion, major stars, the promise of champagne-fueled speeches, and hosts – from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to Ricky Gervais – who regularly laughed at the HFPA.
After the NBC blow, it was widely expected that the HFPA would just sit there all year. Hollywood studios and publicists have also largely chosen not to engage with the group as they have in the past, with some declining to offer film reviewers for consideration. When the nominees were announced last month, few celebrated publicly.
This year Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical drama “Belfast”, about growing up during the Troubles, and Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog”, a gothic western set in 1925 in Montana with Kirsten Dunst and Benedict Cumberbatch, both received seven nominations. , including the best picture. HBO’s âSuccessionâ topped television with five nominations, including nods for Best Drama.
Numerous A-listers have also garnered acting nominations, including Will Smith (“King Richard”), Kristen Stewart (“Spencer”), Leonardo DiCaprio (“Don’t Look Up”), Denzel Washington (“The Tragedy de Macbeth “), Ben Affleck (” The Tender Bar “) and Lady Gaga (” House of Gucci “). In a normal year, the nomination would be added to promotional campaigns and advertisements, but this year most chose not to recognize the nod.
The news organization claims that in the months following her 2021 show, she recovered. The group added a diversity manager; reshuffled its board of directors; inducted 21 new members, including six black journalists; brings the NAACP into a five-year partnership; and updated its code of conduct.
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