Golden Globe Awards go on without stars or telecast


None of the winners attended the event and did not immediately comment on their awards.

A view of the stage during the 79th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton on January 09, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California. Photo by Emma McIntyre / Getty Images for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association

The Golden Globe Awards, Hollywood’s so-called biggest party that regularly drew 18 million television viewers, was turned into a live-blog on Sunday night for its 79th edition.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association went ahead with its film awards Sunday night without any telecasts, nominees, red carpets, hosts, press or even livestreams. Instead, HFPA members and some recipients of the group’s philanthropic grants gathered at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for a 90-minute private event, announcing the names of film and television winners on the organization’s social media feeds.

Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” won several major awards, including Best Picture Comedy or Musical, Best Actress for Rachel Ziegler, and Best Supporting Actress for Ariana DeBos.

Netflix’s gothic western “The Power of the Dog” was named Best Picture Drama, among other honors, for directing Jane Campion and supporting performance by Cody Smit-McPhee.

Other film winners included Will Smith for “King Richard”, Nicole Kidman for “Being the Ricardos” and “Tick, Tick… Boom!” Andrew Garfield was involved. The Japanese film “Drive My Car”, also a critics hit, won Best Non-English Language Motion Picture, while “Encanto” won for Animation.

While announcing the winners on social media might seem like an easy task, but the followers on Twitter must have got some confusion at times. Tweets often miss out on which project a person has won.

To announce the winner for Best Actor, Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, the organization tweeted, “Smiles require 43 muscles. Thanks for the workout Andrew Garfield and congratulations for taking home the #GoldenGlobe for Best Actor-Motion Picture-Musical/Comedy, failing to mention that the award was “Tick, Tick… Boom!” It was my turn.

Other times, the tweets were downright shocking. Declaring the “West Side Story” win, the group initially wrote, “If laughter is the best medicine @WestSideMovie what ailment do you have to cure” about a drama that is full of death and tragedy. He later deleted the tweet and wrote a new one about “music” being the best medicine.

Television winners include: Sarah Snook and Jeremy Strong for “Succession”, which won Best Television Drama, Gene Smart for “Hacks”, Jason Sudeikis for “Ted Lasso”, Kate Winslet for “Mare of Easttown”. Also won Best Television Comedy. O Yong-su for “Squid Game” and Michael Keaton for “Dopesic”. Barry Jenkins’ “The Underground Railroad” won Best Limited Series. The group said on their website that “Pose” star Michaela J Rodriguez became the first trans person to win a Golden Globe.

None of the winners attended the event and did not immediately comment on their awards.

However, Jamie Lee Curtis spoke about the HFPA’s charitable work with a video message shared on the group’s Twitter.

“I wanted to honor him and stand with him in this continuing advocacy,” Curtis said. “I am proud to be associated with him in this venture.”

The HFPA enlisted the leaders of the groups it gave grants to announce the winners. Arnold Schwarzenegger also thanked the group with a video message, thanking them for recognizing them as “New Star of the Year” in 1977.

The organization came as a surprise to many in Hollywood with no event at all. The HFPA came under fire after a Los Angeles Times investigation in February exposed ethical flaws and a surprising lack of diversity — the 87-person group didn’t have a single black journalist. Studios and PR firms threatened a boycott. Tom Cruise also returned his three Golden Globes, while other A-listers denounced the group on social media.

He promised improvements last year, but even after a public announcement during the 78th show, his longtime broadcast partner NBC announced in May that it would not air the 2022 Golden Globes because “times of this magnitude change.” And it works.” The broadcaster typically pays around $60 million for the rights to broadcast the show, which ranks among the most-watched awards shows after the Oscars and Grammys.

Although often ridiculed, Hollywood accepted the Golden Globes as a legitimate and helpful stop in the competitive awards season. And for audiences around the world, it was a fairly lively night, with glamorous fashion, major stars, promises of champagne-fueled speeches, and hosts — from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to Ricky Gervais — who regularly attend the HFPA. Was joking.

After NBC’s setback, it was widely expected that the HFPA would sit out for years. Hollywood studios and publicists also largely opted to join the group, as they had done in previous years, with some refusing to provide the film’s screeners for consideration. When the nominees were announced last month, some publicly celebrated.

The Press Association claims that in the months following the 2021 show, it has remade itself. The group has added a Chief Diversity Officer; repaired your board; 21 new members inducted, including six black journalists; Brought to the NAACP on a five-year partnership; and updated its code of conduct.