Up till the start of this yr, the Golden Globes had been maybe greatest recognized for being Hollywood’s liveliest evening out. As one of many first occasions kicking off the awards season calendar, it not solely brings collectively the yr’s movie and tv nominees for an impressively star-studded crimson carpet, however with alcohol on faucet and the provocative humor of its hosts (previous hosts have included Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler), it’s additionally infamous for its looser, off-the-cuff model. Following an investigation by the Los Angeles Occasions that was printed in February, nonetheless, it was made abundantly clear the story behind the Globes was altogether much less rosy.
The investigation uncovered that there hasn’t been a Black member of the Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation (HFPA), the group liable for the awards, in a minimum of 20 years; within the following weeks, it emerged that former HFPA president Philip Berk had referred to Black Lives Matter in an electronic mail as a “racist hate motion.” In the meantime, after many had expressed shock on the a number of nominations for the Sia-directed important bomb Music and the extensively derided Emily in Paris on Netflix this yr, it got here to gentle that the group was usually wooed by studios via all-expenses-paid journeys to go to units or screenings overseas. (Notably, greater than 30 members had been flown to Paris for a multiday set go to for Emily in Paris that included five-star lodging and a non-public luncheon in a museum.)
The backlash to the HFPA got here swiftly and decisively. A few of Hollywood’s greatest studios, together with Netflix, Amazon, and WarnerMedia, introduced they had been severing ties with the group till efforts had been made to extend variety and stamp out corruption, whereas a gaggle of greater than 100 of the business’s greatest PR companies launched a statement in March wherein they pledged to boycott the ceremony for the foreseeable future. Celebrities together with Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo have publicly criticized the HFPA’s sexism and racism, whereas Tom Cruise announced this week that he will probably be returning his three trophies. All of those had been devastating blows to the credibility of the awards, however the last nail within the coffin got here yesterday night, when NBC, which has aired the ceremony since 1996, announced that it’s going to not be broadcasting the present subsequent yr till “significant reform” was made.
Some have questioned why it has taken so lengthy for the business to take motion, given the accusations of corruption inside the HFPA had been one thing of an open secret in Hollywood. (A lot in order that in 2011, Gervais made a joke concerning the group accepting bribes as a part of his opening speech.) One apparent clarification is the unstated advantages offered by the shiny status of a Globes nomination, nonetheless little the accolade truly meant. Not solely might a Globes nod be utilized in promotional supplies for a studio’s newest film, a win might present essential momentum on the street to securing nominations on the extra prestigious Oscars. However with the publication of the Los Angeles Occasions report, the exhausting information of the matter at the moment are unimaginable to disregard.