No red carpet, nor stars, nor telecast, but the Golden Globes show must go on

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The Golden Globe Awards, Hollywood’s so-called biggest party that regularly drew 18 million television viewers, was turned into a live blog Sunday night for its 79th edition.

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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association went ahead with its film awards Sunday night without any telecasts, nominees, red carpets, hosts, press or even livestreams. Instead, HFPA members and some recipients of the group’s philanthropic grants gathered at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for a 90-minute private event, announcing the names of film and television winners on the organization’s social media feeds.

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,Longtime broadcast partner NBC typically pays some $60 million for the rights to broadcast the Golden Globes, which ranks among the most-watched awards shows after the Oscars and Grammys.,

Film winners include Will Smith for “King Richard”, Cody Smit-McPhee for “The Power of the Dog”, Ariana DeBos for “West Side Story” and “Tick, Tick… Boom!” Andrew Garfield was involved.

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The Japanese film “Drive My Car”, also a critics hit, won Best Non-English Language Motion Picture, while “Encanto” won for Animation.

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But those following on Twitter TWTR,
Some may just be confused. Tweets often miss out on which project a person has won.

To announce the winner for Best Actor, Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, the organization tweeted, “It takes 43 minutes to smile. Thanks for the workout Andrew Garfield and congratulations for taking home the #GoldenGlobe for Best Actor-Motion Picture-Musical/Comedy, failing to mention that the award was “Tick, Tick… Boom!” It was my turn.

Television winners included: Gene Smart for “Hacks”, Jason Sudeikis for “Ted Lasso”, Sarah Snook and Jeremy Strong for “Succession”, Kate Winslet for “Mare of Easttown”, O Yeong-su for “Success”. It also won for Best Television Comedy. Michael Keaton for “Squid Game” and “Dopesic”. Barry Jenkins’ “The Underground Railroad” won Best Limited Series. None of the winners attended the event and did not immediately comment on their awards.

However, Jamie Lee Curtis spoke about the HFPA’s charitable work with a video message shared on the group’s Twitter.

“I wanted to honor him and stand with him in this ongoing advocacy,” Curtis said. “I am proud to be associated with him in this venture.”

The organization came as a surprise to many in Hollywood with no event at all. The HFPA came under fire in February after a Los Angeles Times investigation into moral flaws and a surprising lack of diversity—the 87-person group did not have a single black journalist. Studios and PR firms threatened a boycott. Tom Cruise also returned his three Golden Globes, while other A-listers denounced the group on social media.

He promised improvements last year, but even after the public announcement during the 78th show, his longtime broadcast partner NBC CMCSA,
announced in May that it would not air the 2022 Golden Globes, saying, “a change of this magnitude takes time and work.”

The broadcaster typically pays some $60 million for the rights to broadcast the show, which ranks among the most-watched awards shows after the Oscars and Grammys.

Although often ridiculed, Hollywood accepted the Golden Globes as a legitimate and helpful stop in the competitive awards season. And for audiences around the world, it was a fairly lively night, with glamorous fashion, major stars, promises of champagne-fueled speeches, and hosts — from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to Ricky Gervais — who regularly attend the HFPA. Was joking.

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After NBC’s setback, it was widely expected that the HFPA would sit out for years. Hollywood studios and publicists also largely opted to join the group, as they had done in previous years, with some refusing to provide the film’s screeners for consideration. When the nominees were announced last month, some publicly celebrated.

This year saw Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical drama “Belfast,” about growing up during the Troubles, and Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog,” a 1925 gothic western set in Montana with Kirsten Dunst and Benedict Cumberbatch, Both received seven major nominations, including Best Picture. HBO’s “Succession” led the TV side with five nominations, including a nod for Best Drama.

The Press Association claims that in the months following the 2021 show, it has remade itself. The group has added a Chief Diversity Officer; repaired your board; 21 new members inducted, including six black journalists; Brought to the NAACP on a five-year partnership; and updated its code of conduct.


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