Once a fixture in the awards season calendar—the raucous party known for boosting the campaigns of Oscar hopefuls—the Golden Globes have become mired in controversy and will not be broadcast by NBC in 2022. From the criticisms leveled against the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (the small group of international journalists who vote on the awards) to the possibility of its return to screens in 2023, here’s what you need to know.
Why was the Hollywood Foreign Press Association criticized in 2021?
On February 21, 2021, a Los Angeles Times investigation accused the HFPA of “self-dealing” and highlighted potential conflicts of interest. Among them was the fact that 30 HFPA members had been flown to France to visit the set of Emily in Paris in 2019. Two years later, the series was nominated for two Golden Globes, while more critically-lauded shows like I May Destroy You were snubbed. It was also revealed that the organization had no Black members. Meher Tatna, its former president, later told Variety that there hadn’t been any Black members for at least two decades. The backlash was swift, with several former Golden Globe nominees including Ava DuVernay demanding change via social media.
Just days before the 2021 Golden Globes ceremony on February 28, the HFPA responded with a statement saying: “We are fully committed to ensuring our membership is reflective of the communities around the world who love film, TV and the artists inspiring and educating them. We understand that we need to bring in Black members, as well as members from other underrepresented backgrounds, and we will immediately work to implement an action plan to achieve these goals as soon as possible.”
What happened next?
Things quickly went from bad to worse. In March 2021, the HFPA hired a new strategic diversity advisor and vowed that at least 13 percent of its membership would be Black. However, in April, Deadline reported that HFPA member and former eight-term president Philip Berk had sent an email sharing an article that labeled Black Lives Matter a “racist hate movement.” Berk was expelled, but the incident set off a chain of events that led to the departure of the HFPA’s crisis communications firm and diversity consultant.
The organization unveiled further plans for reform in May—promising to diversify and proposing restrictions on the gifts its voters can accept—but Netflix, Amazon Studios, and WarnerMedia all announced that they’d boycott the HFPA until there was more meaningful change. On May 10, NBC released a statement saying it would not be airing the 2022 Golden Globes. “We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform,” it read. “However, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right. Assuming the organization executes on its plan, we are hopeful we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023.”
So, are the Golden Globes 2022 still happening?
Yes, but not in the format that we’ve become accustomed to. On October 11, a source confirmed to Variety that “the HFPA plans to recognize the performances of 2021 to celebrate the great work of the industry this past year at the 79th annual Golden Globes,” though how exactly that will be done “is yet to be determined.” Whatever happens, it’s unlikely that Hollywood heavyweights would want to be involved in any capacity, whether as hosts, presenters, or attendees.
When will the Golden Globes 2022 take place?
The 79th annual Golden Globe awards are scheduled to take place on January 9, 2022. The other ceremony planned for that night? The 2022 Critics Choice Awards, which should be well attended and, in the longer term, could very well take the former’s place as the event that kicks off awards season.
When will the Golden Globes 2022 nominations be announced?
The nominations for the 79th Golden Globes are due to be revealed on December 13. In anticipation of studios refusing to submit films and TV shows for consideration, the HFPA recently sent a letter to the industry saying that submissions would no longer be required this year. As a result, expect to see all of 2021’s biggest critical and commercial hits in contention, from Dune and Belfast to Squid Game and Succession.
Will the Golden Globes be broadcast in 2023?
The HFPA is certainly hoping so. This October, its membership admitted 21 new voters, six of whom are Black. Eligibility has also been expanded to all qualified journalists working for a foreign publication in the U.S. (rather than just those based in Southern California), there’s a ban on accepting gifts, and a requirement that existing members apply for reaccreditation. However, the work is far from over. The future of the Golden Globes will depend on the organization’s next steps as well as the industry’s willingness to move on.
From Vogue US