It’s no secret that things aren’t going well for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). Last year, a piece written in the Los Angeles Times on the HFPA’s conduct and demographic makeup caused an uproar in not only the film criticism world but also the filmmaking world as a whole. As a result, NBC, the usual network in charge of televising the Golden Globes, decided not to televise their 79th ceremony, which may not even happen anymore.
The HFPA planned to celebrate their award winners anyways, through a live-streamed ceremony, but those plans are now in limbo because nobody is set to attend. You’ve read this correctly, the ceremony, taking place on January 9th (in the past, it was set to be at the same time as the Critics Choice Awards, but the CCA has postponed their ceremony to an undetermined date due to COVID-19), will have no non-HFPA members of the press, audience, and ANY celebrities. That’s right, none of the nominated ceremonies are set to attend.
The HFPA has explained it was due to a surge in Omicron cases in the United States, but the celebrities will not even attend virtually, a sign that the association has been essentially ignored after its controversy, even if the HFPA themselves have vowed for structural change. The ceremony will now be, according to The Hollywood Reporter, a 90-minute gathering in which the winners will be intermittently announced. In what capacity will the gathering look like? Who knows. It’s not looking good for the HFPA, especially when the ceremony is in four days from now.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter