LOS ANGELES (AFP) – A stripped-down Golden Globes will go forward with no viewers or media on Sunday (Jan 9), because the occasion historically referred to as Hollywood’s greatest occasion reels from an trade boycott over moral lapses by its organisers.
The Hollywood International Press Affiliation (HFPA) – which votes on the Globes – has been accused of racism, sexism, bullying and corruption, with tv rights-holder NBC final 12 months pulling the plug on its annual awards broadcast.
Nonetheless, honours in movie and tv can be introduced on Sunday from the Globes’ common Beverly Hills lodge venue, in a programme the organisation stated was set to spotlight “the long-established philanthropy work of the HFPA”.
“Over the previous 25 years, the HFPA has donated US$50 million (S$68 million) to greater than 70 entertainment-related charities, movie restoration, scholarship programmes and humanitarian efforts,” the group stated in an announcement.
No viewers can be current for the 79th Golden Globe Awards, the group stated, citing well being issues as a result of Covid-19 pandemic and the quickly spreading Omicron variant.
The Golden Globes have historically been second in significance solely to the Oscars in Hollywood’s movie awards season, however their credibility has been thrown into query – and their future plunged into doubt.
Many Tinseltown publicists and studios refused to take part on this 12 months’s version, and A-listers publicly distanced themselves from the embattled group, at the very least till reforms are made.
The HFPA introduced its annual nominations final month, with British director Kenneth Branagh’s childhood-inspired Belfast and New Zealand director Jane Campion’s darkish Western, The Energy Of The Canine, topping the picks with seven nods apiece.
However adverts and billboards boasting of Golden Globe nomination tallies have been notably absent in Los Angeles this winter.
The organisation – consisting of simply over 100 leisure writers linked to overseas publications – has rushed by means of reforms, together with admitting its greatest ever annual consumption of latest members final 12 months.
The HFPA variety row was triggered by a Los Angeles Occasions investigation final 12 months exhibiting that the organisation on the time didn’t have a single black member.