The first Sunday of January marks the return of the Golden Globe Awards, which have undergone numerous behind-the-scenes changes meant to cement a multiyear comeback.
The event is well-known for its wild celebration of films and television and for being a first stop for actors vying for awards. Scandals have resulted in a reorganisation of the membership and a new host for the event on January 7, but an important question still stands: Will people watch?
The following facts includes to the 81st Golden Globe Awards.
HOW ARE THE GOLDEN GLOBES AVAILABLE TO WATCH?
The ceremony is live streamed from the Beverly Hilton Hotel to viewers in the United States starting at 8 p.m. Eastern. The West Coast time slot for it is 5 p.m.
Because an NFL game is broadcast on CBS right before the Globes, the three-hour show will have a great lead-in.
There is an important disclaimer concerning CBS’ announcement that the show will appear on its app and stream on Paramount+. Showtime will only be available for live viewing to Paramount+ users who have purchased the add-on. Should it not change, Monday’s release date for the streaming service is set.
GOLDEN GLOBES: WHAT’S NEW?
The first significant awards season broadcast, the 81st Golden Globe Awards, will take place on CBS in its new venue. While it may appear the same to viewers, there have been a lot of changes behind the scenes in the last few years as a result of a shocking exposé published in the Los Angeles Times. In the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which casts votes for the awards, there were no Black members, according to the 2021 report.
NBC refused to broadcast the Globes in 2022 as a result of stars and studios boycotting the ceremony. The show returned in January 2023 under a one-year probationary deal with NBC, following the group’s addition of journalists of colour to its ranks and other improvements to address ethical concerns. The network decided against renewing.
Billionaire Todd Boehly received approval in June to reorganise the Golden Globes as a for-profit company and disband the HFPA. Along with Dick Clark Productions, a firm owned by Penske Media, which also owns Variety, Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter, Rolling Stone, and Billboard, Boehly’s Eldridge Industries purchased its assets.
GLOBES HOSTED BY WHO?
The Globes will be hosted by comedian Jo Koy, who has been the face of multiple Netflix specials and starred in the comedy film “Easter Sunday” last year.
The event’s organisers announced that Koy will be the featured artist, citing his “infectious energy and relatable humour.”
Bringing a sharp mix of humour to the audience of TV and movie stars while preventing the ceremony from becoming overly sloppy is usually the challenge of hosting the Globes.
Previous hosts included Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Jerrod Carmichael, last year’s emcee, and Ricky Gervais, whose quips were especially biting.
THE GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEES
This year’s leading nomination is “Barbie,” closely followed by “Oppenheimer.”
A unique aspect of the Globes is reflected in the films, which divide the best-picture winners into two categories. The production will have an opportunity to profit from the Barbenheimer frenzy that boosted theatre participation in 2023 thanks to the leadership roles of Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie” and Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer.”
“Oppenheimer,” “Killers of the Flower Moon” by Martin Scorsese, “Maestro” starring Bradley Cooper, “Past Lives” starring Celine Song, “Anatomy of a Fall” by Justine Triet, and “The Zone of Interest” starring Jonathan Glazer are among the films nominated for best motion picture drama.
“Barbie” competed against Ben Affleck’s “Air,” Cord Jefferson’s “American Fiction,” Alexander Payne’s “The Holdovers,” Todd Haynes’ “May December,” and Yorgos Lanthimos’ “Poor Things” in the best motion picture musical or comedy category.
With nine nominations, including for series actors Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook, and Kieran Culkin, “Succession” was the most nominated television programme. Hulu’s “The Bear” came in second.
GLOBES: WHAT ARE THEY RECOGNITED FOR?
The Oscars are the most watched awards show, but the Golden Globes have always been one of the most prominent.
It was advertised as an A-list bash with hosts who were frequently more casual than their Academy counterparts. Moreover, it only recognised the most ostentatious categories in filmmaking, such as picture, director, and actors; hence, there were no lengthy remarks from directors of obscure short films or visual effects supervisors.
However, the voting body consisted of a mere 87 members with immense power inside the business, frequently accepting expensive gifts and trips from studios and award publicists who were keen to curry favour and secure votes.
The most infamous of these was “The Tourist,” starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. In some years, the HFPA was ridiculed for sending underwhelming reviews of high-profile films to the programme in the hopes of getting them on. They now more frequently coincide with the Oscars than they did ten years ago. TV is acknowledged in the show as well.
However, prior to the exposé and ensuing PR problem, there was little outrage in the industry over the identity of the award voters. As a forum for Oscar candidates and, until recently, a steady source of ratings, the event had grown to be an important part of the Hollywood awards industry. In 2019, the show continued to draw in close to 19 million viewers. With 6.3 million viewers, NBC’s Tuesday night broadcast in 2023 had its lowest-ever viewership for a regular show.
GLOBES VOTING: WHO DOES THIS?
With more than 300 people from all around the world, the group nominating and voting for the awards is now more diversified than ever.
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