If the Hollywood Foreign Press Association holds the Golden Globes and no one is around to see it, did it really even happen at all?
Unfortunately, that’s exactly the question the HFPA is facing. But as the old saying goes, “the show must go on…” right?
The organization still plans to hand out awards in 2022, despite having no broadcast partner. After NBC announced it was cutting ties and would not broadcast the upcoming event, no other network has stepped in to pick it up.
The nominations for the 79th annual Golden Globes were made with much less fanfare than in previous years. That’s because the long-running event and the voting members behind it have been engulfed by controversy – and this isn’t even the first time.
This time, though, it looks like much of Hollywood has had enough. Look, you know it’s getting bad when Tom Cruise returns all three of his Golden Globe Awards and no network wants to televise the event.
Okay, but how did we get here? Let’s rewind a bit.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association founded the Golden Globe Awards back in 1944. It’s a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. The group has always been tiny, with less than 100 members until this year. It seems almost unfathomable, considering how much sway the group has over the entertainment industry.
Hey, Hollywood really likes its shiny awards and highly rated ceremonies.
Before shaking things up earlier this year, there were only 87 voting members in the HFPA. To give you an idea of just how small that is, there are currently more than 9,000 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that decides the Academy Awards. The Emmys are determined by 20,000 voting members of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Regardless, the Golden Globes were expected to continue as usual in 2022–until the Los Angeles Times dropped a bombshell piece in February 2021. It was like pulling the curtain back on a decades-long illusion. The paper’s investigation uncovered shady voting practices, alleged unethical behavior, infighting, potential financial missteps, and the fact that there were zero Black members. How is that even possible?
As soon as the newspaper published the explosive findings, the fallout began. Diversity advisors were resigning. More than 100 public relations firms threatened to cut access to their celeb clients. Boycotts of the upcoming awards ceremony filled Hollywood. Several major entertainment companies announced they would not participate at all.
Now, NBC won’t even broadcast the Globes.
If none of that was enough already, NBC announced it would not broadcast the awards show at all in 2022.
“We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform. However, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right,” NBC said in a statement. “As such, NBC will not air the 2022 Golden Globes. Assuming the organization executes on its plan, we are hopeful we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023.”
No other network has stepped in to take NBC’s place for 2022. Amazon, Netflix, and WarnerMedia all said they would boycott the ceremony. That left the Golden Globes without a telecast partner to air the event to viewers at home.
It seems like the HFPA is just urging, “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!” as they try to distract us from all the ethical violations and lack of diversity. And what’s the best way to distract audiences and celebs alike? With Snoop Dogg, of course.
Instead of having A-list celebrities announce the nominations, it was just HFPA president Helen Hoehne and Snoop Dogg. The usual flashy, celeb-driven red carpet event was nonexistent. We all knew that had less to do with the HFPA’s planning and more to do with literally zero celebrities wanting to take part in it.
To be completely honest, I was a little stunned they managed to rope Snoop into it at first. But with all of his wild and random endorsement deals in recent years, I guess I can’t be all that surprised. It feels like the rapper is willing to put his name on just about anything – including a failing awards show.
With so many boycotts, how is this even going to work?
If you weren’t aware, Globes award nominations don’t just come out of thin air. Submissions are required for award consideration. HFPA members are invited to an official screening for eligible films, and the screening has to be cleared with the Motion Picture Association of America. Screenings don’t happen with TV shows, but HFPA members participate in press conferences.
The HFPA is now so ostracized that they had to tweak their own rules just to have nominations to announce. No one had to offer submissions in order to be eligible for award consideration this year. There were no required press conferences or screenings, either.
Sounds like a bunch of people just got nominations they didn’t want from an organization they’re boycotting. Seems a little skeezy, if you ask me.
In any case, the award show is clearly going to go on anyway, despite all the pushback and lack of broadcast plans. Will it air? No one knows! But if it does, they might find it hard to reach viewers. The HFPA is announcing winners on January 9, which also happens to be the same day as the Critics Choice Awards.
Here is a complete list of Golden Globes nominations:
Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
- The Great
- Only Murders in the Building
- Reservation Dogs
- Ted Lasso
Best Television Series – Drama
- The Morning Show
- Squid Game
Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
- Impeachment: American Crime Story
- Mare of Easttown
- The Underground Railroad
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
- Brian Cox, Succession
- Lee Jung-jae, Squid Game
- Billy Porter, Pose
- Jeremy Strong, Succession
- Omar Sy, Lupin
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
- Uzo Aduba, In Treatment
- Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show
- Christine Baranski, The Good Fight
- Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
- Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Pose
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
- Anthony Anderson, black-ish
- Nicholas Hoult, The Great
- Steve Martin, Only Murders in the Building
- Martin Short, Only Murders in the Building
- Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
- Hannah Einbinder, Hacks
- Elle Fanning, The Great
- Issa Rae, Insecure
- Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish
- Jean Smart, Hacks
Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
- Paul Bettany, WandaVision
- Oscar Isaac, Scenes from a Marriage
- Michael Keaton, Dopesick
- Ewan McGregor, Halston
- Tahar Rahim, The Serpent
Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
- Jessica Chastain, Scenes from a Marriage
- Cynthia Erivo, Genius: Aretha
- Elizabeth Olsen, WandaVision
- Margaret Qualley, Maid
- Kate Winslet, Mare of Easttown
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
- Billy Crudup, The Morning Show
- Kieran Culkin, Succession
- Mark Duplass, The Morning Show
- Brett Goldstein, Ted Lasso
- O Yeong-su, Squid Game
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
- Jennifer Coolidge, The White Lotus
- Kaitlyn Dever, Dopesick
- Andie MacDowell, Maid
- Sarah Snook, Succession
- Hannah Waddingham, Ted Lasso
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
- Don’t Look Up
- Licorice Pizza
- Tick, Tick… Boom!
- West Side Story
Best Motion Picture – Drama
- King Richard
- The Power of the Dog
Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
- Compartment No. 6
- Drive My Car
- The Hand of God
- A Hero
- Parallel Mothers
Best Motion Picture – Animated
- My Sunny Maad
- Raya and the Last Dragon
Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
- Leonardo DiCaprio, Don’t Look Up
- Peter Dinklage, Cyrano
- Andrew Garfield, Tick, Tick… Boom!
- Cooper Hoffman, Licorice Pizza
- Anthony Ramos, In The Heights
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
- Marion Cotillard, Annette
- Alana Haim, Licorice Pizza
- Jennifer Lawrence, Don’t Look Up
- Emma Stone, Cruella
- Rachel Zegler, West Side Story
Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
- Mahershala Ali, Swan Song
- Javier Bardem, Being the Ricardos
- Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog
- Will Smith, King Richard
- Denzel Washington, The Tragedy of Macbeth
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
- Jessica Chastain, The Eyes of Tammy Faye
- Olivia Colman, The Lost Daughter
- Nicole Kidman, Being the Ricardos
- Lady Gaga, House of Gucci
- Kristen Stewart, Spencer
Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
- Ben Affleck, The Tender Bar
- Jamie Dornan, Belfast
- Ciarán Hinds, Belfast
- Troy Kotsur, CODA
- Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Power of the Dog
Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
- Caitriona Balfe, Belfast
- Ariana DeBose, West Side Story
- Kirsten Dunst, The Power of the Dog
- Aunjanue Ellis, King Richard
- Ruth Negga, Passing
- Kenneth Branagh, Belfast
- Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog
- Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Lost Daughter
- Steven Spielberg, West Side Story
- Denis Villenueve, Dune
- Paul Thomas Anderson, Licorice Pizza
- Kenneth Branagh, Belfast
- Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog
- Adam McKay, Don’t Look Up
- Aaron Sorkin, Being the Ricardos
Best Original Song
- King Richard, “Be Alive” — Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Dixson
- Encanto, “Dos Oruguitas”— Lin-Manuel Miranda
- Belfast, “Down to Joy” — Van Morrison
- Respect, “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” — Jamie Hartman, Jennifer Hudson, Carole King
- No Time to Die, “No Time to Die” — Billie Eilish, Finneas O’Connell
Best Original Score
- The French Dispatch, Alexandre Desplat
- Encanto, Germaine Franco
- The Power of the Dog, Jonny Greenwood
- Parallel Mothers, Alberto Iglesias
- Dune, Hans Zimmer