Deprived of television broadcasting after being accused of racism, sexism and corruption, the Golden Globes announced Tuesday their return to the small screen in 2023, the year which will also mark their 80th anniversary.
After a black year which saw the ceremony boycotted by many personalities but also the NBC channel which traditionally broadcasts them, the Golden Globeswhich reward the best films and series of the year, will be back on television in 2023. president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which serves as the jury for these awards.
The channel will air the ceremony on January 10 on the broadcast network and on its Peacock streaming platform as part of a one-year deal. “We recognize the HFPA’s commitments to change and we look forward to hosting the Golden Globes again on NBC,” commented HFPA producer Frances Berwick.
A shaken reputation
After being targeted by charges that seriously undermined its reputation – charges backed by an uplifting LA Times investigation – the HFPA had been urged by more than 100 officers in the spring of 2021 to end “discriminatory behavior and unprofessional, ethical breaches and accusations of corruption”.
Faced with this scandal, the organization quickly announced a series of reforms, including an unprecedented recruitment of new members to improve the representation of minorities within it. But stars like Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo had publicly considered these reforms deemed insufficient. Actor Tom Cruise had even sent the organization his three Golden Globes in protest.
Usually run by All-Hollywood, the Golden Globes, the most followed awards after the Oscars, had thus ended up being deserted by the industry, its 2022 ceremony having even finally taken place without television, or red carpet, or public. No celebrity had agreed to present the awards and only social networks had made it possible to announce the winners. Most of the winning studios and filmmakers had not celebrated their victory openly.
Only the star of “West Side Story”, Ariana DeBose spoke after being rewarded, insisting on the reforms to be carried out within the HFPA. “There is still work to do, but when you have invested so much in a project (…), having recognition is always something special,” she tweeted.
“The HFPA is committed to meaningful change and to supporting programs that put diversity, inclusion and transparency first,” the organization insisted on Tuesday.
Over the past 18 months, the organization says it has implemented various reforms, including establishing new bylaws, banning gifts and other all-expenses-paid stays to members, from studios courting their voices.
While in 2021 the Los Angeles Times also revealed that it had no black people on its staff, the HFPA recently announced that it had added 103 new voters to its membership, which previously numbered 80. The group added voters based outside the United States for the first time and said the voting group “now includes 52% women, and 51.5% racial and ethnic diversity.”
Nominations for the next Globes will take place on December 12. Last January, the awards went to Jane Campion’s ‘The Power of the Dog’ and Steven Spielberg’s remake of ‘West Side Story’.
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Golden Globes: private broadcast in 2022 following a series of scandals, the ceremony will return to TV in 2023