Hollywood’s brightest stars sparkle on the red carpet at the virtual 78th annual Golden Globes awards.
When drained of glamour, what’s left of the Golden Globes?
That’s one of the biggest questions heading into the 78th annual awards on Sunday night. The show, postponed two months from its usual early-January perch, will have little of what makes the Globes one of the frothiest and glitziest events of the year. Due to the pandemic, there will be no parade of stars down the red carpet outside the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. Its hosts, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, will be on different sides of the country.
More than any award show, the Globes revel in being an intimate banquet of stars. When the show begins with Poehler in Beverly Hills and Fey in New York’s Rainbow Room, the circumstances will test the Globes telecast like never before.
Presenters will include Awkwafina, Joaquin Phoenix, Kristen Wiig, Tiffany Haddish, Margot Robbie and Angela Bassett. At least some of them will be present at one of the two locations.
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Meanwhile, John Boyega wins the Globe for the ‘Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Supporting Role’ for his role in "Small Axe".
The anthology series has been dedicated to George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement. Boyega had actively participated in the BLM protests, famously saying “Look I don’t know if I’m going to have a career after this but, f**k that.”
… and the first award is out. Actor Daniel Kaluuya bags the Globe for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture.
He won for his role in the period prama "Judas and the Black Messiah", for which he got rave reviews.
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Hollywood’s award season kicks off Sunday at a very different Golden Globes, with a mainly virtual ceremony set to boost or dash the Oscars hopes of early frontrunners like “Nomadland” and “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”
“Nomadland,” Chloe Zhao’s paean to a marginalized, older generation of Americans roaming the West in rundown vans, has long been viewed as a frontrunner for the Globes’ top prize.
But it will face stiff competition from Aaron Sorkin’s “Chicago 7,” a courtroom drama about the city’s anti-war riots in 1968 with a mouth-watering ensemble cast including Mark Rylance, Eddie Redmayne and Sacha Baron Cohen.
Globes org says it will recruit Black members after outcry
Pandemic improvising is only part of the damage control the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which puts on the Globes, finds itself dealing with this year. A pair of extensive reports by The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times in the week leading up to the awards renewed scrutiny on the press association and its 87 voting members.
While the HFPA has long been known as an organisation with members of questionable qualification — the majority of its members don’t write for well-known publications — and are known for being swayed by high-priced junkets, the reports again forced the HFPA to defend itself.
Among the most damning details was the revelation that there are no Black voting members in the group, something that only reinforced criticism that the press association — which host Ricky Gervais last year called “very, very racist” in his opening monologue — is in need of overhauling.
This year, none of the most acclaimed Black-led films — “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “One Night in Miami,” “Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Da 5 Bloods” — were nominated for the Globes’ best picture award.
In a statement, the HFPA said it would make “an action plan” to change. “We understand that we need to bring in Black members, as well as members from other underrepresented backgrounds,” the group said.
For some, none of the revelations were surprising. Ava DuVernay tweeted in response to the LA Times article: “Reveals? As in, people are acting like this isn’t already widely known? For YEARS?”
As showtime neared, the backlash threatened to overwhelm the Globes. The Screen Actors Guild on Sunday joined others in calling on the HFPA to diversify its membership and better reflect the industry it holds sway over.
“As our colleagues across the industry say, TIME’S UP,” the guild said in a statement. “The time for change is now.”
Two-time nominee Sterling K. Brown, who’s presenting on Sunday, said in an Instagram post that “having a multitude of Black presenters does not absolve you of your lack of diversity.”
“87 people wield a tremendous amount of power,” said Brown, who won a Globe in 2018. “For any governing body of a current Hollywood award show to have such a lack of voting representation illustrates a level of irresponsibility that should not be ignored.” – AP
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