Golden Globes Live To List Winners As Hollywood Boycott Bites | Show biz
LOS ANGELES, January 10 – Belfast and West Side Story are among the favorites for a significantly reduced 79th Golden Globes today, where the winners will be revealed via Twitter in a non-televised ceremony that is being boycotted by Hollywood.
The Globes – in the past billed as Tinseltown’s biggest party and the key first stop on the film awards circuit – have this year been stripped of their usual A-List glamor, as a the dispute swirls over the ethical practices of the organizers.
NBC has dropped its television broadcast and instead, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association – whose members vote on the Globes – will announce the winners on social media starting at 6:00 p.m. (02:00 GMT Monday).
“This year’s Golden Globes will be unlike any other Golden Globes we’ve ever seen before,” said Marc Malkin, Culture and Events Editor at Variety.
“And really, we’re not going to see much.”
Belfast, Kenneth Branagh’s poignant black-and-white tale of the outbreak of sectarian violence in his hometown in the late 1960s, topped film nominations with seven, alongside Jane Campion The power of the dog.
Campion’s grim western starring Benedict Cumberbatch, which tackles toxic masculinity in 1920s Montana, would be the second female-directed film to win Best Drama if it Holds Up Belfast, after last year Nomadic country.
In the comedy or musical categories, the film by Steven Spielberg West Side Story the remake failed at the box office but was adored by critics and is expected to score good points with Globe voters.
It competes with Do not seek, a star-studded satire on climate change in which scientists played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence attempt to warn a distracted world – and the US President (Meryl Streep) – of their impending doom.
TV side, Succession, HBO’s drama about the belligerent family of a media mogul, leads with five nods.
But the award races, which are usually watched closely to give an immediate boost to box office counts and which Oscar hopes a Globes win can bring, have been largely overshadowed by the long row over breaches. ethics at the HFPA.
The group of around 100 entertainment writers with ties to foreign publications have been accused of a litany of failures ranging from corruption to racism.
An article in the Los Angeles Times revealed that the HFPA does not have black members, opening the floodgates to critics from all over Hollywood, including prominent stars. Last year, Tom Cruise returned his statuettes in protest.
Organizers officially cited the resurgence of the pandemic as the reason for today’s closed-door event, but Variety’s Malkin said the HFPA tried and failed to convince celebrities to attend.
Since the scandal erupted, the HFPA has rushed through reforms, admitting its highest annual membership, including several black members and other members of minorities.
He banned members from accepting lavish gifts and hotel stays from studios wooing their votes.
It remains to be seen whether these reforms will be enough to attract Hollywood stars and broadcasters in the years to come.
But this year hardly any actor or studio has publicly acknowledged their Globe nominations – and many winners are widely expected to respond today with a similar stony silence.
“If they are named the winners, no one will issue a statement saying how happy they are to be recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association,” said Malkin.
“If you’re a studio that hopes to get Golden Globe recognition, but you get the Golden Globe and you don’t actually celebrate it, does that matter? “- AFP