Boycotted by viewers and studios last year, the Golden Globes will attempt to rebuild its reputation as one of Hollywood’s premier awards shows with organizers revealing this year’s nominees on Monday.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which organizes the film and television awards, has scrambled to reform itself since long-running criticisms of the group’s practices became public in early 2021.
Tinseltown completely distanced itself from the Globes last January due to voters’ lack of diversity, alleged corruption and lack of professionalism, and the show was held behind closed doors.
But NBC bet it was time to bring back the glitzy ceremony, which will take place in Beverly Hills on Jan. 10.
Tinseltown is waiting to see which stars will appear. Much of that will depend on who is nominated.
Tom Cruise and Brendan Fraser are seen as strong contenders this awards season for their lead roles in “Top Gun: Maverick” and “The Whale,” respectively.
But last year Cruz returned the three Golden Globes to the HFPA in protest of their behavior, and Fraser said he wouldn’t attend the awards if he was nominated.
“It’s because of the history I have with them,” Fraser told GQ last month. “And my mother didn’t raise a hypocrite.”
Fraser alleged that former HFPA president Philip Burke sexually assaulted him at an industry event in 2003. Burke denies the incident, and has since been kicked out of the group for calling Black Lives Matter a “racist hate movement.”
In response to the controversy last year, the HFPA expanded its voting body to include people from more diverse backgrounds, banned members from accepting gifts, and halted its in-person press conferences with stars, which it often mocked for inappropriate behavior by some members.
“It’s not the old standard for a HFPA anymore,” President Helen Hoen told The Hollywood Reporter recently.
She added “I respect Brendan Fraser’s decision…and I personally, sincerely hope that there is a way for us to move forward and that we are able to restore Mr. Fraser’s trust, along with that of the entire entertainment community.”
However, Hollywood’s staunch advocates remain divided on the Globes, with some expressing skepticism about the fixes — and their reluctance to return to the event with their stars.
US billionaire Todd Bohle’s plan to spin off the awards show into a for-profit entity and pay members’ salaries has raised eyebrows.
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Golden Globe honors film and television. Unlike the Academy Awards, the program divides its films into “drama” and “comedy or musical” categories – thus boosting star power by increasing the number of nominees.
Steven Spielberg’s highly personal “The Fabelmans” is widely seen as a frontrunner for the drama.
Other contenders include Cruise’s long-awaited sequel Top Gun, Baz Luhrmann’s biopic of rock ‘n’ roll singer Elvis, and Women Speak, a book adaptation about sexual abuse in a religious colony.
“Everything is everywhere at once,” Michelle Yeoh’s highly original sci-fi take on the tax office, which became word of mouth early in the year, is now slated in the comedy film categories.
So is the star-studded sequel to “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” and the Irish dark comedy “The Banshees of Inisherin.”
Frasier and Austin Butler, the 31-year-old actor who plays Presley in “Elvis,” are expected to earn dramatic acting nominations, as is Cate Blanchett as the classic, tough lead in “Tar.”
On the comedy side, Yeoh and “Banshees” star Colin Farrell were among the favorites.
“Lopez vs. Lopez” stars George Lopez and Mayan Lopez will present the nominations for the 80th Golden Globe award on NBC’s “Today” show beginning at 1335 GMT Monday.
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