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The Golden Globes Make Their Return After Controversy

Updated: Jul 5

The award show aims to come back since its last broadcast in 2021.

The Golden Globes will comeback after a year without a live broadcast (Peter Dutton, Flickr)

The Golden Globes missed our television screens last year, but they will make a comeback tonight on NBC.

In 2021, actors accepted their Golden Globes remotely as the show’s organizers struggled with the messiness of finances, ethics, and diversity. NBC added to the mess when they refused to broadcast the ceremony last year, claiming that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) — the voting body behind the Golden Globes — needed time to make “meaningful reform.”

Before the 2021 ceremony, an investigation by the Los Angeles Times looked into the financial and ethical lapses at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The investigation revealed that the HFPA didn’t have any Black members.

A lawsuit filed by Norwegian reporter Kjersti Flaa, who was rejected from the organization three times, accused members of accepting money from people in the industry in exchange for recognition at the Globes.

According to the New York Times, the Netflix comedy series “Emily in Paris” received two Golden Globes nominations despite its lackluster reviews. These nominations came after dozens of association members flew to Paris to visit the show’s set and the Paramount Network put them in a five-star hotel during the visit.

During the 2021 ceremony, the hosts, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, made jokes throughout the night about the organization’s lack of Black membership. Midway through the ceremony, leaders of the organization took the stage and pledged to increase diversity in its membership.

Much of Hollywood could not ignore the HFPA’s lack of diversity. For one, media giants like Netflix and WarnerMedia, said they wouldn’t work with the organization unless there were changes. Hollywood publicity firms called for the organization to get rid of their “long standing exclusionary ethos.”

This year’s Golden Globes will air live at 8 p.m. EST on NBC and the ceremony will be held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. The show will be available on Peacock at the same time.

Comedian Jerrod Carmichael will host this year’s ceremony with many presenters, including Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Niecy Nash.


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