The normally glamorous event marking the start of Hollywood awards season is relegated to a live blog with no red carpet, TV show, or stars.
The Golden Globe Awards – a red carpet, an annual star-studded Hollywood event that once drew as many as 18 million viewers – have instead been staged like a live blog, following strong criticism of the lack of racial diversity. last year.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) proceeded to the awards ceremony for its films on Sunday evening without a TV show, without nominees, without red carpet, without host, without press or even live.
Instead, members of the HFPA and some of the group’s philanthropic grant recipients gathered at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California for a 90-minute private event, announcing the names of the film and TV winners on social media. organisation.
Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story has won several major awards, for Best Comedy or Musical, Best Actress for Rachel Zegler and Best Supporting Actress for Ariana DeBose.
Netflix’s gothic western, The Power of the Dog, was named best dramatic film, along with other accolades for directing Jane Campion and supporting performance by Kodi Smit-McPhee.
Other winning films included Will Smith for, King Richard; Nicole Kidman for, Being the Ricardos; and Andrew Garfield for, tick, tick… BOOM! The Japanese film Drive My Car, also the darling of a group of critics, won the award for best non-English-speaking film, while Encanto took home the animation award.
And South Korean actor O Yeong-su won the country’s first Golden Globe for his role as Player 001 in Netflix’s hit game Squid.
The move came after the HFPA came under criticism for the lack of racial diversity among its members and critics also raised the question of whether close relationships with movie studios may have influenced the choices of nominees and winners. .
In February, a Los Angeles Times investigation found ethical lapses and a startling lack of diversity – there was not a single black journalist in the group of 87. Studios and PR agencies threatened to boycott. Tom Cruise has returned his three Golden Globes, while other A-listers have condemned the group on social media.
The HFPA pledged to reform last year, but even after a public statement on the 78th show, its longtime broadcast partner NBC announced in May that it would not broadcast the 2022 Golden Globes because “a change of this magnitude takes time and work ”.
None of the winners appeared to be in attendance at the event, and none immediately commented on their awards.
Jamie Lee Curtis, however, intervened with a video message shared on the group’s Twitter, speaking of the HFPA’s charitable work.
“I just wanted to honor them and support them in this ongoing advocacy,” Curtis said. “I am proud to be associated with them in this adventure.
The HFPA appealed to the leaders of groups to which it has awarded grants to announce the winners. Arnold Schwarzenegger also posted a video message, thanking the group for recognizing him as “New Star of the Year” in 1977.
Congratulations to all nominees and to all 79th #Golden Globe winners! ??
For a full list of our winners, see our website https://t.co/YNJdDhHQ7L pic.twitter.com/Wwoc0Rw4o1
– Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) January 10, 2022
While announcing the winners on social media might seem like a straightforward task, those who only follow on Twitter on Sunday evenings may have been somewhat confused at times. Tweets often left out the project someone won for.
Other times the tweets were just baffling. Announcing the victory of West Side Story, the group first wrote, “If laughter is the best medicine, @WestSideMovie is the cure for what ails you” about the drama full of death and tragedy. They then deleted the tweet and wrote a new one about “music” as the best medicine.