Tom Cruise and Will Smith miss out on Golden Globe nominations amid Hollywood’s muted reaction to the show’s return

Tom Cruise attends the Royal Show Top Gun: Maverick In London, England in May. (Photo: Joseph Okpaku/WireImage)

When the Golden Globes return to television screens Jan. 10 for its 80th ceremony, Tom Cruise won’t be his wingman. Although the biggest movie in 2022, Top Gun: Maverickwhich earned two nominations — Best Picture, Drama and Best Original Song — the movie star was left out of the best actor list, as some speculated he might make an appearance.

The omission wasn’t necessarily a surprise: Last year, Cruz was one of the first Hollywood celebrities to respond to the storm of controversy surrounding the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the divisive organization behind the Globes. In February 2021, A.J Los Angeles Times He published an exposition that revealed, among other things, that the HFPA lacked any black members and had a history of making ethically questionable decisions.

Three months later, in May, Cruz returned the three Golden Globe statuettes he’d won in the past years. The decision came after NBC announced that the network — which has been the home of the Globes for decades — would not televise the 2022 Awards until the HFPA made a major overhaul. The organization went ahead and held the ceremony anyway, on January 10, 2022, releasing the winners’ names via a widely mocked Twitter feed rather than on television.

Fast forward to September 2022, and NBC announced that the Globes will return to the airwaves in 2023, albeit on just a one-year contract. A spokesperson for the network commended the group for pursuing such changes as diversifying its membership and increasing its charitable work. (The group also announced that the Golden Globes would become a separate private entity owned by the holding company, Eldridge Industries. Eldridge is owned by Todd Boehly, who is now interim CEO of the Globes. Boehly is also a business partner of Jay Penske, who owns all of Hollywood’s trade publications.) grand, incl diverse And the Hollywood Reporter.)

Tom Cruise is back in the cockpit for the sequel to Top Gun: Maverick (Photo: Paramount Pictures)

Tom Cruise is back in the cockpit for the sequel to the movie Top Gun: Maverick. (Photo: Paramount Pictures)

Due to Cruz’s decision to return the globe – plus the fact that he’s in the midst of shooting his finals Mission: Impossible Adventure – It was an open question whether he would attend the ceremony even if he was nominated. While that, Top Gun: Maverick. At the time of publication, the actor has not acknowledged the film’s social media nominations for the film, though the official Paramount Pictures Twitter account congratulated both film nominees: Babylon And the Maverick. Better Producer Jerry Bruckheimer also released his own statement:

“Thank you very much for the honor. Top Gun: Maverick He brought audiences back to theaters at a time when we desperately needed entertainment. I’m thrilled to share this nomination with Paramount, Tom and all the cast and crew who made this possible.”

Cruz wasn’t the only actor to miss out on a Globe nomination. Will Smith hoped to return to awards conversation for Apple TV+ drama, Release, which opened in theaters on December 2 after a carefully curated rollout. In March, Smith upended his once-great Hollywood reputation when he slapped Chris Rock on stage at the Academy Awards. After withdrawing from the public eye for months, the actor broke his silence in July on social media, and finally embarked on a press tour in November for Release He attempted to direct attention away from himself to the film’s creative team.

“My biggest concern is my team,” Smith told Fox 5’s Kevin McCarthy last month. “The people on this team have done some of the best work of their entire careers, and I hope my actions don’t punish my team.” Ultimately, the HFPA refused to honor Smith or the cast and crew behind him Release The film failed to get any nominations. That suggests he may have an equally difficult time getting noticed by the Oscars when those nominations are announced early next year.

Will Smith stars in Antoine Fuqua's latest film Emancipation, which will be released on Apple TV+ in December.  (Image: Apple TV+/YouTube)

Will Smith stars in Antoine Fuqua’s latest film, Release, which received no Golden Globe nominations. (Image: Apple TV+/YouTube)

Unlike Cruise and Smith, Brendan Fraser earned a Globe nomination for his acclaimed performance in Darren Aronofsky’s controversial drama, Whale. But the actor has already made it clear that he has no plans to retaliate the invitation to attend the ceremony to collect his statue should he win. In 2018, Fraser revealed to GQ that he had been molested by the former HFPA president, Philip Burke, years earlier in 2003. (Burke denied Fraser’s allegations.) Speaking with the magazine again this year, Whale The star said he would not be “in” this year’s Globes if he were nominated.

“I have more history with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association than I have respect for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association,” Fraser said, adding, “My mom didn’t raise me a hypocrite. You can call me that, but not that.” It is noteworthy that at the time of publication, A24 – the released studio Whale He did not acknowledge Fraser’s candidacy on social media. In this regard, A24 has not promoted any of its nominated films, including hits, Everything everywhere at oncewhich earned six Globe nods.

Fraser’s remarks were briefly addressed by awards analyst Dave Karger on Facebook today Show, which aired the Globe ad live. Karger also acknowledged Cruz’s decision to return his three statuettes after hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb expressed surprise that he was not nominated. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the HFPA itself refused to address past controversies during the show, and neither did Mayan Lopez and Selenis Livia. (Livia was a last-minute replacement for George Lopez, who was supposed to perform with his daughter, Mayann, but tested positive for COVID the night before.)

Brendan Fraser delivers a transformative star role in The Whale.  (Photo: Courtesy of TIFF)

Brendan Fraser delivers a stellar mutant role Whale. (Photo: A24 / Courtesy of TIFF)

So far, the muted response to the Globes nominations within the industry and by outside observers suggests that the HFPA faces an uphill battle regarding returning the ceremony to the prominence it once enjoyed. Many also noted the more glaring omissions in the diversity of nominees – most notably the fact that no female filmmakers were nominated in the Best Director category. The HFPA has a well-documented history of overlooking female directors, a track record that Natalie Portman famously took off the stage at the 2018 gala.

talk with diverse, Jesse Collins — who has been given the task of producing the Globes’ return to television — acknowledged the challenges that lay ahead. “We’re just starting to put the pieces together,” he said. “Obviously the nominations just happened. That really helps us write the story of what the show is going to be…Now I feel like it’s really impactful.”

Collins also explained why the telecast had an opportunity for the new host, Jerrod Carmichael — the first black actor to head the Globe since Louis Gossett Jr. in 1993. “We just wanted someone who would bring a fresh perspective,” he noted. “We love that [Jerrod] You haven’t done that before. He is a brilliant storyteller. Incredibly funny. I think it brings in a new perspective on all of that. And that’s probably the most exciting, lens he’ll be hosting.”

The 80th Golden Globes airs Tuesday, January 10 at 8 p.m. on NBC.

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