Since 1944, THE GOLDEN GLOBES has been one of the most important nights in Hollywood.
Just one week before the 2021 Golden Globes, the Los Angeles Times published two articles with shocking news about the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. First of all, none of the 90 people in the group are Black. Even though many people were calling for racial justice just six months before, and the #OscarsSoWhite campaign had been going on for years to bring attention to racism in the movie and TV industry.
One of the worst accusations was that network executives gave bribes to HFPA members. This was on top of claims of racial unfairness.
In spite of these claims, the 2021 ceremony went on as planned, but the HFPA had to deal with the fallout.
On Monday, May 10, 2021, NBC said that they would not be airing the 2022 Golden Globes. This had nothing to do with COVID-19.
However, after a year off, the Golden Globes will return to NBC in 2023. Read on for more information.
But first, let’s understand what’s HFPA!
What Is The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA)?
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, or HFPA, is a group of journalists who cover the movie business for outlets outside of the United States. They are based in and around Los Angeles and have been around since the 1940s, according to the Golden Globes website.
About 90 people from 55 countries are part of the HFPA.
What Is The HFPA Controversy?
A Los Angeles Times investigation this year found that there were no Black members of the HFPA, which is made up of foreign-based journalists working in the U.S. The group has been in the middle of a lot of controversy over issues like its members getting special treatment and favors and not having enough people of different races in its ranks.
In addition to claims of unfair treatment based on race, one of the worst was that network executives gave bribes to HFPA members. One report said that the company that made Netflix’s Emily in Paris, which was nominated for two Golden Globes in 2021, Paramount Network, flew 30 HFPA members to Paris for two nights at a $1,400-a-night hotel.
In spite of these claims, the 2021 ceremony went on as planned, but the HFPA had to deal with the fallout. Over 100 public relations firms signed a petition in March 2021 saying that if the organization doesn’t change, they won’t let them work with their clients. Soon after that, they said they would add 13 more Black members.
Unfortunately, a month later, Deadline reported that HFPA President Philip Berk “declared in an email that the Black Lives Matter movement is a “racist hate movement.” In response, NBC said they would not air the show, and Netflix, Amazon Studios, and a number of celebrities said they would not attend the 2022 ceremony.
In the last year, 21 new people joined the HFPA, and six of them were Black. Berk was kicked out of being president. The group voted on new rules that say members can’t get gifts or other perks from executives at studios or production companies.
NBC To Bring Back The Golden Globes In 2023
The Hollywood Reporter announced on August 9, 2022, that the 80th Golden Globes ceremony would be back on NBC, with a proposed air date of January 10, 2023. More information hasn’t been released yet, and it’s still unclear if the industry will be as understanding as the network has been.
The Globes have always been held on a Sunday in January. However, the first Sunday in January 2023 is New Year’s Day; the second is Jan. 8, which is the last day of the NFL’s regular season, which conflicts with NBC Sunday Night Football; and the third is Jan. 15, which has already been claimed by the Critics’ Choice Awards. This is why the Globes will be held on a Tuesday instead.
Except for last year, NBC has broadcast the Globes every year since 1996. In 2018, NBC’s parent company, NBCUniversal, agreed to pay the HFPA and DCP $60 million a year for the right to keep showing the ceremony until 2026. But after the L.A. Times story and a lot of backlash from the industry, NBC said in a statement at the time, “We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to real reform. But a change of this size takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right.