Golden Globes Announce Return After Controversy, But Will People Watch?

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The Golden Globe Awards will return to the airlines in January, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Tuesday, after the ceremony lasted a year after reports of alleged influence on the organization revealed a lack of real diversity in membership.

Key facts

The 80th Golden Globe Awards, which honor both TV and movies, air on Tuesday, January 10 on NBC at 8 p.m. ET, instead of the usual Sunday night timeslot.

The nominations will be announced on November 12.

HFPA said 103 new voters have been added to its ranks and the Golden Globes voting body is now 51.5% racially diverse, with 10% of members being Black, 19.5% Latinx, 12% Asian and 10% Middle Eastern.

HFPA, NBC and Dick Clark Productions have signed a one-year deal.

The Wrap first reported on the return of the ceremony last week.

Tangent

Ratings for award shows have declined in recent years, especially after the pandemic lockdowns, when shows had to be broadcast virtually. The 2021 Globes reached the second lowest audience ever with 6.9 million viewers. This year’s Oscars had the second-worst audience in history, and the Grammys saw viewership rise just 1.4% from its low in 2021.

key background

Shortly before the ceremony in 2021, the Los Angeles Times published an explanation of the HFPA, which organizes the awards. The paper reported that HFPA had no black members and there was a conflict of interest, with some voters receiving lavish gifts in return for their support of a production. Some entertainment companies such as WarnerMedia (now Discovery Warner Bros.) and Amazon announced boycotts of the awards in response. NBC declined to broadcast the ceremony to give HFPA time to make corrections, saying it would only broadcast the ceremony in 2023 if it pushed through on promised reforms. The 2022 winners were unceremoniously announced online.

Surprising fact

Amid protests against HFPA, actor Tom Cruise returned his three Golden Globe awards.

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