Golden Globes Make Uncomfortable Return in Night of Awkward Speeches

Golden Globes’ 2021, 2022 Broadcasts Marred By Controversy and Covid

The Golden Globes have lengthy been often known as awards season’s wildest night time. For one factor, friends have traditionally sat at spherical tables as an alternative of theater seats — all the higher for propping up glass after glass of high-end booze.

Additionally, the present just isn’t thought of fairly as prestigious because the Academy Awards. It consists of awards for tv and comedy performances, in spite of everything. And its slot earlier within the season renders it one thing of a pre-game for the Grammys, Oscars and even the SAG Awards.

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Ten years in the past, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted the seventieth Annual Golden Globe Awards on the Beverly Hilton Hotel International Ballroom on January 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.
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The present has at all times been comparatively casual and pushed by comedy, with hosts corresponding to Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Ricky Gervais guiding the night time. But up to now two years, the wheels threatened to fall off the complete factor.

Last yr noticed a boycott in opposition to the present’s governing physique, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. This was sparked by a scandal when Phil Berk, the HFPA’s president, wrote an electronic mail calling Black Lives Matter a “racist hate movement.”

Stars additionally took situation with the HFPA’s lack of variety: regardless of being made up of round 90 leisure journalists from 55 nations, the group reportedly hadn’t introduced in a brand new Black member since 2002.

The HFPA tried to rectify this by saying it had added 21 new members of various variety. Still, there wasn’t a lot of an urge for food amongst A-listers to attend the ceremony in 2022. This led to a pared-down ceremony that was photographed, however not broadcast.

The earlier yr, the Globes had been slimmed down for a distinct motive. COVID-19 rules had been nonetheless in impact, so the purple carpet and ceremony featured a skeleton crew of presenters. Most winners accepted their statuettes just about — the largest victor of the night time was the miracle of teleconferencing.

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Rosie Perez proclaims Anya Taylor-Joy the winner of the Best Actress – Television Motion Picture award through livestream throughout the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Rainbow Room on February 28, 2021 in New York City.
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This yr, the purple carpet and the ceremony itself are again in full pressure. Stand-up comedian and actor Jerrod Carmichael is internet hosting and there is a star-studded nominee record — however it’s anybody’s guess whether or not A-listers will certainly present up.

Brendan Fraser, a favourite within the performing class after final yr’s The Whale, set the development of Globe boycotts: he hasn’t attended the present since 2003, when he says then-HFPA President Berk groped him. The HFPA launched a press release on the time saying Berk’s motion was meant “in jest.”

Berk lastly left the group in April 2021 after the BLM electronic mail scandal, however Fraser instructed GQ he would nonetheless not attend the ceremony this yr.

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