“Belfast” and “Dog Power” are among the absolute favorites Sunday at the Golden Globes, one of the top American film and television awards. But the chance of those films getting a lot of attention seems rather slim. The event has been under fire for months over accusations of racism, sexism and corruption.
A Golden Globe presentation is usually accompanied by the presence of a whole gamut of world stars, several liters of champagne and a heavy dose of pomp and circumstance. But the 79th edition will take place on Sunday without an audience or a red carpet and will not be broadcast on television. There is not even a live broadcast. If you want to follow the awards ceremony at home, you will have to content yourself with updates on the website and on the social media of the organizers.
The fact that it will be a small party has only partly to do with the coronavirus. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which awards the awards, appears to have backed away from Hollywood since a Los Angeles Times investigation in February revealed that not a single black person was among the 87 voting members. Detailed allegations of financial and ethical shortcomings within the group also surfaced.
In May, NBC – which has broadcast the ceremony since 1996 – pulled the plug on its television broadcasts, saying the association needed time to implement “meaningful reforms”. In the months that followed, the HFPA revised its laws. Added 21 new members, of whom six are black, and a Chief Diversity Officer Eye.
The reforms were described as insufficient
But the changes raised more suspicion than excitement. Many stars, such as Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo, have called these reforms insufficient. Tom Cruise even returned his three statues to the organization in protest.
Despite all this opposition, organizers will hand out a Golden Globe on Sunday evening (local time) at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Thus, Kenneth Brana’s “Belfast” and Jane Campion’s “Dog Power” are the main contenders, with seven nominations each. Also Steven Spielberg’s quote for the musical West Side Story, the tragicomedy ‘Licorice Pizza’ (Paul Thomas Anderson), the satire ‘Don’t Look Up’ (Adam McKay) and the sports drama ‘King Richard’ (Reinaldo Marcus Green) could win Many of those statues have a golden ball.
In the main category, Best Picture (Drama), “Belfast” and “Dog Power” play “King Richard”, “Dion” (Denis Villeneuve) and “Coda” (Sian Heder). Among the TV awards, the HBO TV series “Succession” was the most memorable, with five nominations in four categories. “Ted Lasso” and “The Morning Show” each received four nominations.
Nominations in 25 film and television categories appear to be more diverse than in the past. This time around, two women have a chance to win a Golden Globe for Best Director: Jane Campion for The Power of the Dog and Maggie Gyllenhaal for her directorial debut, The Lost Daughter. Six black actors have also been nominated for film awards: Will Smith (“King Richard”), Denzel Washington (“Macbeth”), Mahershala Ali (“Swan Song”), Ruth Negga (“Transient”), Ariana Debus (“West Side Story”). ‘) and Aunjanue Ellis (“King Richard”).
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