The Hollywood Foreign Press Association punishes its sins

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The 79th The annual Golden Globe Awards took place at the Beverly Hilton on January 9, which means photos of the guests’ dresses and clips of their speeches should be all over the internet by now. That’s certainly how things usually go. Organized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (hfpa). The event is also notable for being less crowded than most film and television awards ceremonies, while matching them in terms of glamour. This year was different.

The results came out as usual. As expected, Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog”, the Western spoof, was the top winner in the film drama categories, while Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” was the top winner in the comedy or music category. Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s “Drive My Car,” this year’s critics’ favorite, was chosen as best film in a language other than English; Disney’s “Encanto” was best animated motion picture; and the famous “Belfast” Kenneth Branagh won the screen award. Will Smith won a Globe for playing Serena and Venus Williams’ father in “King Richard”, and Nicole Kidman won one for playing Lucille Ball in “Being The Ricardos”. On the television side, “Succession” was successful.

Whether the event itself was successful is another matter. This year the ceremony was a private and social affair, behind closed doors, no red carpet outside, and no media or celebrities inside. Events were not broadcast or broadcast live, thus raising the philosophical question: if an awards bash is thrown in Hollywood, and no one is around to watch, will it make headlines?

The reasons why everything was so under control go back to last February, when the Los Angeles Times ran a series of shows on the hfpaand working. The society itself, which had about 100 members, was described as “a small group full of eccentric characters…who contribute greatly to… The articles then noted the high fees which these characters paid themselves for their administrative duties, and the luxury press trips and gifts given to them by studios. One famous example was the posh Paris junket organized by the makers of the Paramount/Netflix show, “Emily In Paris”. More than 30 members of the hfpa were won and dined in style, and “Emily In Paris” went on to receive two Golden Globe nominations, despite being snubbed by critics. Meanwhile, Michaela Coel has gained fame bbc the series, “I May Destroy You”, did not receive a single nod.

None of this was terrible news. Even by Hollywood standards, the hfpa has long been famous. It was a truly embarrassing statistic hfpaand the lack of black balls. The Academy Awards had been plagued by #OscarsSoWhite campaigns for the past six years, so it was impossible to ignore the revelation that the society did not have a single black member in two decade The hfpa it responded by announcing a number of reforms last May, and promising that its newly expanded membership would represent minority groups. These vague promises did not impress anyone. Within a week, Amazon Studios, Netflix and WarnerMedia had all said they would have nothing more to do hfpaand nbc he said he won’t be televising the Golden Globes in 2022. If that wasn’t embarrassing enough, Tom Cruise returned the three Golden Globe awards he won.

It is strange that none of the boycotters had noticed any problems with the association before. Who, after all, paid for the many gifts and jukets that hfpa that members have received over the years? Then again, similar questions could be asked about the other big changes in the film industry regarding sexual harassment and racism. Over time or not, crimes that were neglected for too long are no longer forgotten.

The hfpaMembers can take some comfort in knowing that Hollywood’s movers and shakers love to accept awards. They also love it when movie stars fall from grace, go through a period of punishment, and then return to the scene. The Golden Globes have lost their cool. But after a shy performance, retiring this year, they could still come back.

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