According to a new report written by Matt Donnelly of Variety, the fate of the 2023 edition of the Golden Globes are still uncertain, after the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was embroiled in a slew of controversies, which led to multiple boycotts, including NBC who decided not to broadcast the award ceremony’s 79th edition.
Once again according to Variety, the HFPA has been meeting with major studios and television networks to make the case that they have “achieved substantial reforms,” but has faced pushback from many studios and celebrities. NBC has still not decided if they want to broadcast the 80th edition of the Golden Globes, while publicists and celebrities are still not satisfied with the reforms the HFPA made.
In a statement, ID Public Relations co-founder and CEO Kelly Bush Novak said that she has “indeed been a passionate advocate for change within the HFPA, alongside scores of agencies, representatives and clients who envision a re-imagined organization that equitably reflects our industry and the artists we represent. The efforts of the HFPA have been widely documented and it behooves us all to remain engaged in supporting (and when necessary, questioning) their process. Our common goal will undoubtedly benefit the artistic and wider community. I’m optimistic.”
However, publicists have apparently been split into two factions (still according to Variety). There are some that want the Globes to come back in a televised event, and others who are completely indifferent on the future of the ceremony, or the HFPA’s survival. Talks between publicists have reportedly been stalled, but it is said that the process has caused fighting amongst different publicists, with those supporting the Globes allegedly being called “sellouts.”
The report then says that Disney, Amazon, and Netflix are interested in bringing back the Golden Globes, but none of them wanted to publically comment on the matter, except an Amazon representative who said that “Like the rest of the industry, we’ve been having ongoing conversations with the HFPA, but no final decisions have been made.”
And when it comes to the broadcast, no one knows if it will happen. Some actors have broken the HFPA boycott, such as Mark Wahlberg being interviewed by the association for his movie Father Stu, but NBC has declined to comment on whether or not they are going to broadcast the 80th annual Golden Globe Awards. However, a representative of the HFPA said to Variety that “The HFPA has always maintained close communications with its studio, streamer, and distributor partners. We keep them apprised of all our activities, including those related to the Golden Globes and the success of our ongoing reform efforts and institutional changes. All discussions in regards to NBC are confidential and we are not at liberty to discuss them, but we remain confident the 80th Golden Globes will be a historic and memorable event.”
It’s hard to believe that the 80th Golden Globes will be a memorable event, especially if NBC (or any broadcaster) decides not to televise it, and publicists are currently in a bickering war with one another on the survival of the event. The HFPA did make some reforms, but they may not be enough to win back celebrities, some PR firms, and most importantly, public opinion. If no one will be watching the broadcasted version of the 80th Golden Globes after a year of being persona non grata, it definitely won’t bode well for the future of the ceremony and the HFPA…