The occasion’s over for the Golden Globes, no less than for now.
Long marketed because the much less uptight cousin of the Academy Awards, the Globes are actually scrambling to wash up their act after NBC introduced it would not broadcast the show in 2022 due to a collection of controversies involving the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the voting group behind the ceremony.
To title all of these controversies may show as prolonged because the awards present itself, however right here’s a notable sampling: The Los Angeles Times and this paper each revealed current exposés in regards to the group’s double-dealing, a follow-up story by The Los Angeles Times revealed that the group had no Black members, and a late, reluctant set of reforms proposed by the group didn’t fulfill Time’s Up and prompted studios like Netflix, Amazon and Warner Bros. to situation statements amounting to an efficient boycott.
As that scrutiny intensified, members of the insular 86-person affiliation continued to commit new, headline-making gaffes. One member confused Daniel Kaluuya for another Black actor, Leslie Odom Jr., simply minutes after Kaluuya’s Oscar win, whereas a former Hollywood Foreign Press president was expelled from the group in April after forwarding a right-wing article to members that referred to as Black Lives Matter a “hate movement.”
This kind of insensitive habits has been tolerated by Hollywood for many years as a result of the Golden Globes supply probably the most high-profile pit cease on the best way to the Oscars: If you’re prepared to schmooze and take selfies with eccentric voters (in addition to flip a blind eye to their extra questionable habits), then the group may bestow you with the momentum wanted to make it all over awards season.
But with the present now on the ropes, stars have begun publicly calling the members’ integrity into query: Scarlett Johansson stated in a press release that she had stopped taking part within the group’s information conferences after “facing sexist questions and remarks by certain H.F.P.A. members that bordered on sexual harassment,” whereas Globe favourite Tom Cruise returned his three trophies in a noteworthy rebuke.
Can the present nonetheless mount a comeback when its golden sheen has change into this tarnished? Or will Hollywood conclude that saving the Golden Globes could also be extra bother than it’s price?
Hours after NBC dropped the present for 2022, the group launched a detailed timeline for its proposed adjustments, which embody including many new members over the approaching months. Still, even when the group doubles its membership and admits extra journalists of shade, there stays the matter of what to do with the longtime members who’ve indulged within the Globes’ most criticized practices for years.
Unlike the Oscars, that are voted on by a number of thousand of Hollywood’s most achieved artists and technicians, the Golden Globes are determined by a small group of international journalists with little to no profile exterior of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a lot of whom draw vital paychecks from the group.
It’s an unlikely choice of individuals to confer status, and the Golden Globes could should wholly reinvent their voting physique in the event that they hope to win again stars and studios already in revolt. Why would actors like Johansson or Kaluuya proceed taking part within the group’s actions if the journalists who’ve offended them nonetheless retain their affect inside the group?
In the meantime, it’s attainable that one other awards present might transfer to early January to successfully take the Globes’ place on the awards calendar subsequent 12 months. The Screen Actors Guild Awards and Critics Choice Awards are already televised and draw main stars, although none has been capable of attain the standard rankings success of the Golden Globes.
Still, if both present have been appropriately scaled up and moved to the primary week of January, it might no less than make the most of an ecosystem of events, occasions and for-your-consideration advertisements that revolve round a significant awards ceremony airing within the first week of the 12 months. And if the newly relocated present managed higher viewership numbers than the Globes’ pandemic-stricken low this year, Hollywood could also be in no actual rush to return the Globes to prominence.
That’s the factor about awards: These trophies are solely as essential because the recipients imagine them to be, and now that the phantasm of the Golden Globes has been punctured, stars may discover it arduous to return to suspending their disbelief. Could the largest Golden Globe snub come when Hollywood strikes on from the present solely?