Will the celebs show up and spectators tune in as the Golden Globes return to television?

Will the celebs show up and spectators tune in as the Golden Globes return to television?

The Golden Globes are marking their 80th anniversary by returning to NBC after being rocked by scandal and canceled by the entertainment industry. The absence of Brendan Fraser is known, but will the rest of Hollywood show up?

The A-list celebrities who rushed to the event to pick up their gongs were cruelly ridiculed for the viewing amusement of the millions who tuned in to watch. It was once one of Hollywood’s largest and booziest nights.

Five times, British comedian Ricky Gervais presided over the Golden Globe Awards, pushing the envelope of mocking celebrities so far that it was a marvel they showed up to be mocked.

But for a totally different purpose this year, the ceremony’s organizers will be anxiously awaiting to see how many celebrities attend.

Will the celebs show up and spectators tune in as the Golden Globes return to television?
Mayan Lopez (L) and Selenis Leyva (R) pictured with HFPA President Helen Hoehne

Involvement in scandal

Last year’s ceremony was a complete non-event; instead, chaotic Twitter updates from the Golden Globes were utilized in place of the star-studded evening at the Beverly Hilton Hotel when NBC declined to carry the show.

The cause? The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which organized the Globes, became mired in controversy due to a lack of diversity, sexism claims, and moral and financial transgressions by members.

No one of the 87 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was black, according to a Los Angeles Times exposé, and the organization hadn’t had a black member since at least 2002.

There will thus be a lot of interest in the Globes this year, which also marks their 80th anniversary.

Making adjustments

The HFPA has been working to restore the awards’ credibility from the top down ever since the controversy, adding more than 100 new members to its voting body, which it claims is now “52% female and 51.5% racially and culturally diverse.” Foreign journalists are now able to participate for the first time.

The HFPA added twenty-one new members last year, including six black people, and membership eligibility was broadened from Los Angeles to any place in the country.

New guidelines around “freebies” and press trips have also been implemented. Additionally, they have employed a diversity officer and established a complaints hotline.

The Globes also changed ownership, which is arguably the biggest change of all. Billionaire Todd Boehly bought the award show and is in the process of converting the voting body from its original non-profit status to a for-profit one (pending approval by the California attorney general). He intends to maintain the HFPA’s charity endeavors through a different non-profit organization.

Will the celebs show up and spectators tune in as the Golden Globes return to television?
Brendan Fraser

Who’ll show up?

So what can we anticipate? The event will be hosted by comedian Jerrod Carmichael, and major celebs like Michelle Williams and Judd Hirsch have said they’ll be there.

Quentin Tarantino, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Ana De Armas are among the confirmed presenters.

Dame Emma Thompson, Olivia Colman, Bill Nighy, and Daniel Craig, all British actors, are competing for honors. And after being nominated for best original song, pop superstar Taylor Swift will compete against Lady Gaga and Rihanna. However, we must wait to see who will be present that evening.

Ryan Murphy, a five-time Golden Globe Honor winner, and 16-time candidate, will get the Carol Burnett Award, which recognizes achievement in television, while Eddie Murphy will receive the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille award for extraordinary contributions to the entertainment industry. They should arrive to pick up their gongs, but will they?

And who is certain not to…

Brendan Fraser, nominated for his outstanding performance in The Whale, won’t be there due to an alleged incident at the 2003 Globes presentation.

Although Tom Cruise didn’t receive a nomination for his work in Top Gun: Maverick, it’s unclear that he would have attended even if he had, given that he reportedly returned the three Golden Globe medals he had previously received in disapproval.

It is unknown if the studios and publicists that skipped the 2022 event in opposition to the organization’s diversity issues—including Netflix and WarnerMedia—will be pleased with the changes.

Additionally, NBC is hedging its risks by showing this year’s event under a one-year contract rather than the multi-year contracts of the past for tens of millions of dollars. This year’s event has a lot riding on it, and the HFPA is probably holding its breath. Observe this space.

The 2023 Golden Globes will take place on January 10, and NBC and streaming service Peacock will broadcast the ceremony.

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