The normally glamorous event marking the start of the Hollywood Awards season is being moved to a live blog with no red carpet, broadcast or stars.
The Golden Globe Awards – a red carpet, star-studded Hollywood annual event that once drew up to 18 million television viewers – was held rather as a live blog, following strong criticism of the lack of racial diversity last year.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) continued its film awards Sunday night without a broadcast, nominees, a red carpet, a host, press or even a live stream.
Instead, members of the HFPA and some recipients of the group’s philanthropic grants gathered at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California for a 90-minute private event, and the names of the film and television winners on the organization’s social media feeds. announced.
West Side Story’s Steven Spielberg has won several major awards, for Best Picture Comedy or Musical, Best Actress for Rachel Zegler and Best Supporting Actor for Ariana DeBose.
Netflix’s gothic Western, The Power of the Dog, was named Best Picture Drama, along with other accolades for Jane Campion’s directing and Kodi Smit-McPhee’s supporting performance.
Other film winners included Will Smith for, King Richard; Nicole Kidman for, Being the Ricardos; and Andrew Garfield for, tap, tap … BOOM! The Japanese film, Drive My Car, also a critics’ group darling, received the best non-English film, while Encanto won for animation.
And South Korean actor O Yeong-su won the country’s first Golden Globe for his role as Player 001 in the Netflix hit, Squid game.
The move came after the HFPA was criticized for the lack of racial diversity among its members and critics also raised questions about whether close relationships with film studios could possibly change the choices for nominees and winners.
In February, a Los Angeles Times investigation revealed ethical flaws and an astonishing lack of diversity – there was not a single Black journalist in the group of 87 people. Studios and PR firms threatened to boycott. Tom Cruise returned his three Golden Globes, while other A-listers condemned the group on social media.
The HFPA promised reform last year, but even after a public statement during the 78th program, its longtime broadcast partner NBC announced in May that it will not broadcast the Golden Globes in 2022, because “Changing this scope takes time and work.”
None of the winners seemed to be present at the event, nor did they immediately comment on their awards.
However, Jamie Lee Curtis joined in with a video message shared on the group’s Twitter about the HFPA’s charity work.
“I just wanted to honor them and stand together in this ongoing advocacy,” Curtis said. “I am proud to be associated with them in this business.”
The HFPA enlisted leaders of the groups that gave their grants to announce the winners. Arnold Schwarzenegger also posted a video message thanking the group for recognizing him as the “new star of the year” in 1977.
Congratulations to all who were nominated and all the 79th #Golden Globe winners! 👏
Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) 10 January 2022
While announcing winners on social media seems like a simple task, those who only follow on Sunday night on Twitter may have been a bit confused at times. The tweets often left out exactly for which project a person won.
Other times, the tweets were just downright staggering. Announcing the West Side Story victory, the group initially wrote: “If laughter is the best medicine, @WestSideMovie is the cure for what you lack” about the drama full of death and tragedy. They later deleted the tweet and wrote a new one about “music” as the best medicine.