The scandal-ridden group has also come under scrutiny after reports revealed that more than a third of HFPA members were airlifted on a luxury press trip to the set. French Netflix series “Emily in Paris” in 2019, after which the group came under critical criticism. the comedy won two Golden Globe nominations.
How did the HFPA react?
When the 2021 Golden Globes aired on television last February, the group’s executives pledged to diversify their membership – a vague and disappointing overture that has fallen flat in Hollywood. Then, after NBC announced in May that it would not air the 2022 ceremony, the HFPA released a statement saying it was working to reform with “extreme urgency” and offered a timeline for the changes. In the months that followed, the HFPA hired its first diversity manager, passed new rules prohibiting members from accepting gifts from studios, and added its first external members to the board. In October, he added 21 new journalists to his ranks, 29% of whom identified as black.
How did Hollywood react?
Celebrities like Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo have criticized the HFPA for its proposed changes, arguing that they were falling short and that they felt a delay was too long. Tom Cruise returned his three Golden Globes in protest. More than 100 public relations firms have threatened to boycott the HFPA, and Netflix, Amazon, WarnerMedia and Neon have severed ties with the organization. NBC is still not broadcasting the awards but has left the door open for them when they return in 2023 if the HFPA can demonstrate “meaningful reform.”
Oh that’s right, there is also an awards ceremony! What should I watch out for?
On the cinema side, “Belfast” and “The Power of the Dog” topped the nominations with seven apiece, the latter’s director, Jane Campion, being the favorite to win her first Golden Globe. “King Richard”, “Don’t Look Up”, “Licorice Pizza” and “West Side Story” followed with four each. On the TV side, “Succession” received five nominations, followed by four for “Ted Lasso”. There are a number of first-time nominees among the performers, including Ariana DeBose (“West Side Story”) and Kristen Stewart (“Spencer”) in the film, and Jeremy Strong (“Succession”), Jean Smart ( “Hacks”), Jennifer Coolidge (“The White Lotus”), and Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany (“WandaVision”) on television.
The field is more diverse than in the past, when artists of color were often overlooked: Best Actor in a Drama Category includes three black contenders, Will Smith (“King Richard”), Denzel Washington (“The Macbeth Tragedy”) and Mahershala Ali (“Swan song”).