There will be no stardom and no TV slot Sunday at the Golden Globes, which calls into question its relevance

Blame it on his inability to drink enough coffee or see names through their dark colors, but the media personality with his red hoodie and generally laid-back panache did well to clear up his mispronunciation, Including Best Supporting Actor nominee Ben Affleck. As in “Bin U-Flake”.

The strange mistake, immediately corrected by the born Snoop, later became fodder by Affleck during an appearance promoting his new film tender bar Feather Jimmy Kimmel Live. Kimmel jokingly cut a clip of him butchering Affleck’s name while introducing the Academy Award winner as he walked the stage.

“Yet another outrage,” quipped Affleck, referring to the clip in addition to the recent pounding of the press after snippets of the two-hour interview with Howard Stern were taken out of context, with Affleck remarking that “ He would still be drinking if he remained in his marriage to Jennifer Garner.”

From last month’s low-key announcement at the Beverly Hilton (in contrast to the network news staff and the usual bevy of entertainment magazines on hand in previous years) it might be that the bubbling tale of the nominees proved more memorable than the news of the misunderstandings of the nominees themselves. .

(LR) Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) President Helen Hohen and Snoop Dogg attend the nominations announcement for the 79th Golden Globe Awards, December 13, 2021, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. NBC announced last year that it would not broadcast the upcoming ceremony.
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The Golden Globes, known as “Hollywood’s biggest party”, is no longer televised because NBC left it due to criticism over its lack of racial diversity and other issues. And even if it were, would anyone see? After many of Tinsel Town’s biggest stars called for a boycott of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) for its lack of diversity, many celebrities were unwilling to join in, whether on principle or out of fear of waking up Hollywood.

“The reason it’s not going to be the usual pomp and circumstance is that no celebrities are visible,” said Diversityof Michael Schneider to inside versionJim Moret during an interview at the Golden Globes nominations ceremony on December 13. “There’s no way they’ll get any big stars to come across this.”

The new HFPA chair, Helen Hohen, had a slightly polite and decidedly more friendly approach when she was interviewed by Moret.

“For eight months we have worked tirelessly as an organization to get better. We also have 21 new members, the largest and most diverse ever in its 79-year history,” Hohen said. “We’ve always said it won’t be a celebrity-driven event like it has been in the past, so we don’t have a red carpet, but we’re still going to celebrate the best in film and television and we’re going to see that too. Maybe shed light on our philanthropy, of which we are very proud.”

On Thursday, the HFPA said the Globes would be held as a private event with no red carpet or celebrity guests and the winners would be announced online only. During the event, senior vice president of the NAACP Hollywood Bureau, Kyle Bowser, will discuss the “Reimagine Coalition,” a joint five-year initiative to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in the global entertainment industry.

“Select members and grantees—they’re the ones we’re honoring on Sunday,” told Hohen newsweekGiven that the winners will be announced in front of a small group of members and grantees, the decision was made partly due to the recent escalation of cases from the Omicron edition. “We hope to win the hearts of our critics but our focus is really on our meaningful change and what we’ve done. We also want to be respectful and we know there’s a lot of pain with O’Micron. It’s not happening.” It’s gonna be the party of the year.”

A year earlier, the Golden Globes were second only to the Academy Awards in stature for Hollywood’s awards ceremonies. He also worked to promote the campaigns of Oscar nominees. But since last February, the HFPA—the members who voted behind the awards—has been known to be embroiled in controversy.

While the organization has faced some controversial behavior in the past, a serious investigation began with Los Angeles Times Among other complaints, the HFPA’s 87-person body had no black members. The revelation came against the backdrop of global outrage over the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man by police in Minneapolis, to close the HFPA even further.

Long-standing criticism of HFPA members also revolved around their reputation for accepting gifts from campaigners and including access to the stars. Foreign members based in California have also been condemned for doing less than actual journalism or writing for publications of little importance.

While the HFPA was criticized last year for ignoring nominations for films led by Black, that was noted by some in the entertainment media as a pattern.

While stars and studios began boycotting the HFPA, things continued to slide downwards for the organization. A new strategic diversity consultant was hired who vowed that 13 percent of its membership would be black. Earlier eight-term president and 44-year veteran member Philip Burke, 88, was fired after a “copy and paste” email that included an article and commentary from a conservative publication called Black Lives Matter (BLM) pointed to the unfairness of the co-founder of Patrice Colors. It also called the BLM a “hate movement” and described its supporters as “rioters (who) burned buildings and terrorized communities”. After that, the HFPA’s crisis communications firm and Diversity Advisors moved in.

Netflix, Amazon Studios and WarnerMedia all announced that they would boycott the HFPA until more meaningful change occurred. In May, NBC said it would not air the Golden Globes in 2022.

Still, some inside the HFPA who wish to remain anonymous have their own take on the situation. They have noted the unfair treatment received from campaigners who, in light of the boycotts, have prevented their celebrity clients from interviewing and their lack of access to presentations to comparison voters. Their livelihoods have been deeply affected, he says, noting that it is the evangelists who should be partly held responsible for providing hospitality, trips and other gifts in the first place.

Hohen, referring to that treatment, said, “Look, we’ve really reflected on some of our missteps – some of the criticism may be justified – I love to see people keep doing their jobs.” “You have to change and become better and correct mistakes but you can still work while you work.”

Now, following a new revamp, which includes more black members and people from other underrepresented backgrounds, the Globe is moving forward with the show expected to air in January 2023. Hohen said she recognizes that the more meaningful change Hollywood is seeking takes time. -Year partnership formed with NAACP.

“We have done a lot of work in eight or nine months but you know it is a commitment and a journey – and we have learned that – this is a new journey for us and we are very happy to collaborate and support this initiative. do — and hopefully pave the way for young artists and journalists of color,” Hohen said, noting that the HFPA has donated more than $50 million to more than 70 charities in its 79-year history. .

According to Hohen, the organization is now made up of 48 percent women, 29 percent black, 24 percent Asian and 29 percent Latin American.

“We are very excited about this diversity of journalists from 50 countries,” she said.

Still, there remains further grumbling from some within the HFPA that the journalistic credentials of the various new members are arguably less important than their ethnic backgrounds. They note that in an effort to replace the HFPA body filled with ineligible voters of the wrong variety of ethnic backgrounds, they have ended up with a much larger group of disqualified voters with varying proportions of – if more diverse – ethnic backgrounds. group of.

New HFPA member Kelly Carter reveals newsweek He finds the scene “highly objectionable”. Carter serves as a senior entertainment writer for ESPN’s The Undefeated and previously worked for USA Today and Buzzfeed, among other media outlets.

“Some of the people I came up with are some of the hardest working entertainment journalists for their outlets,” Carter said. DW News fellow new HFPA member KJ Matthews and ABS-CBN’s Yong Chavez. “Unfortunately, we have to work to write something wrong, so many times when the door opens, I think there’s always some pushback.”

Carter also noticed that he had initial concerns about whether he was hired because of his race.

“I definitely had my moment of buyer’s remorse because I didn’t want to be a token Black person—my career is extremely important to me,” Carter said. “I didn’t want to be the only person out there, but I wanted to have a voice and a seat at a table because I should have a voice… I should be able to say what I think are the coolest and brightest.” . I am a global journalist.”

Still, some in Hollywood circles are wondering if this Sunday’s ceremony is a televised ceremony without hosts, attendees and presenters, spare movie stars, directors and publicists, if it will make an impact.

Whether or not Affleck wins in his category, fans won’t get the chance to see him ogling at new girlfriend Jennifer Lopez inside the Beverly Hilton showroom as onlookers usually do. That, and how some former HFPA members are feeling left behind, begs the question of whether the Golden Globes will eventually survive beyond this year.

As for the entertainment industry, it depends on how press agents and rejected stars and studios will react to more diverse members and other changes going forward. It remains to be seen whether audiences will eventually care after watching Hollywood, in a sense, have canceled it.

“I hope that our tradition—which we have done over 79 years—we have a beautiful history and I hope to continue for the next eight decades,” Hohen said. “We’re ready for change—it’s a journey. We’re all learning.”