For now, at least, the Golden Globes party is over.
Long marketed as the less-tense cousin of the Academy Awards, the Globes are now scrambling to clean up their plot after NBC announced it would be broadcast in 2022 due to a series of controversies involving the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which electoral group behind it, would not attend to broadcast the ceremony.
Citing all of these controversies may prove to be as tedious as the awards show, but here are a notable selection: The Los Angeles Times and this paper both published recently published exposés of the group’s double-dealing, a follow-up story to the Los Angeles Times revealed that the group had no black members, and a late, reluctant series of reforms proposed by the group failed to satisfy Time’s Up, causing studios like Netflix, Amazon, and Warner Bros. to issue statements that one amounted to an effective boycott.
As this test intensified, the members of the 86-strong island association continued to commit new, headline-making gaffes. One member confused Daniel Kaluuya for another black actor, Leslie Odom Jr., minutes after Kaluuya’s Oscar win, while a former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press was expelled from the group in April after he wrote a right-wing article to members with the Title Black Lives Matter had relayed a “hate movement”.
This kind of insensitive behavior has been tolerated by Hollywood for decades because the Golden Globes are the most iconic pit stop on the way to the Oscars: when you’re ready to cuddle and snuggle (and turn) blind eyes with eccentric voters their more questionable behavior) then the group could give you the momentum you need to make it all the way through the awards season.
But with the show now on the ropes, stars have begun publicly questioning the integrity of the members: Scarlett Johansson said in a statement that she stopped attending the group’s press conferences after becoming “sexist Had asked questions and comments from certain HFPA members that went to the limit about sexual harassment, “while Globe favorite Tom Cruise returned his three trophies in a notable rebuke.
Can the show make a comeback when its golden sheen is so tarnished? Or will Hollywood conclude that rescuing the Golden Globes may cause more problems than it’s worth?
Hours after NBC shut down the show for 2022, the group released a detailed schedule of the proposed changes, including adding many new members over the coming months. Even if the group doubles its membership and adds more colored journalists, the question remains of what to do with the longtime members who have indulged in the most criticized practices of the globes for years.
Unlike the Oscars, which are voted on by several thousand of Hollywood’s most accomplished artists and technicians, the Golden Globes are selected by a small group of foreign journalists with little to no profile outside of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, many of whom pull significant paychecks from the Group.
A selection of people is unlikely to add prestige, and the Golden Globes may have to completely reinvent their electoral board if they hope to win back already-troubled stars and studios. Why should actors like Johansson or Kaluuya continue to participate in the organization’s activities when the journalists who insulted them retain their influence within the group?
In the meantime, it is possible that another award ceremony could be postponed to the beginning of January in order to effectively take the place of the globes in the award calendar for the next year. The Screen Actors Guild Awards and Critics Choice Awards are already televised and attract big stars, although none have matched the traditional Golden Globes ratings.
If either shows were scaled up appropriately and postponed to the first week of January, it could at least take advantage of an ecosystem of parties, events, and advertisements centered around a grand awards show that airs the first week of the year. And if the relaunched show has hit audience numbers better than the pandemic-ridden low of the Globes this year, Hollywood could be in no real rush to bring the Globes back to the fore.
That’s the thing about awards: these trophies are only as important as the recipients believe, and now that the illusion of the Golden Globes has been pierced, the stars may find it difficult to suspend their disbelief again. Could the biggest Golden Globe nudge come if Hollywood leaves the show entirely?