The Golden Globe Awards are set to make a comeback in 2023 after a tumultuous few years. The embattled Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which puts on the Globes, is working to restore its reputation and credibility after scandals involving lack of diversity and ethical issues. This year’s nominations mark a distinct shift towards more diverse storytelling and actors. Comedian Jo Koy will host the event for the first time, signifying tangible reforms.
Background of Recent Globe Controversies Sets Stage for This Year
The HFPA has been under intense scrutiny since early 2021 when it was revealed that the organization at the time had no Black members. A Los Angeles Times exposé unveiled further ethical issues involving financial compensation to some members and lack of transparency. Major studios and stars condemned the HFPA, and NBC refused to air the 2022 Globes telecast.
The HFPA has since made notable reforms to address issues of racism, sexism, bullying and corruption. They’ve added new members, implemented diversity trainings, and banned gifts and other perks.
“The focus this year will be back on the Golden Globes as a celebration of the best in film and television,” said Helen Hoehne, president of the HFPA, signaling a desire to move forward.
With hosts and presenters in place and nominations announced, all eyes are on January 10 when the Golden Globes returns to NBC in what is being called a “comeback” year.
Diverse Host and Presenters Symbolize Progress
In a historic first, comedian Jo Koy will host the 2024 Golden Globe Awards on January 10. As the son of a Filipino immigrant, Koy’s selection represents the HFPA’s efforts to respond to criticism about lack of Asian representation.
“I can’t wait to bring my comedy to the 80th Golden Globes,” said Koy. “It is deeply meaningful for me to host such an iconic awards show.”
The impressive lineup of presenters also indicates more diversity. Niecy Nash, Ana Gasteyer, Colman Domingo, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, and Tracy Morgan have been tapped to present awards.
Nuanced Nominations Reflect Range of Perspectives
The nominations in both the film and television categories encompass complex stories about marginalized communities as well as blockbuster crowd pleasers.
Top Films Showcase Range of Lead Performances
The acclaimed film Tár leads the film nominations with nods for Best Picture, Actress, and Screenplay. Cate Blanchett’s stunning performance as a renowned conductor grappling with her power and sexuality has generated tremendous Oscar buzz as well.
Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans and Bardo, directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, also garnered multiple nods, including for Best Picture. Michelle Williams and Daniel Giménez are up for their lead acting roles in each respective film, adding more star power to the ceremony.
|Best Picture, Best Actress (Cate Blanchett), Best Screenplay
|Best Picture, Best Actress (Michelle Williams)
|Best Picture, Best Actor (Daniel Giménez)
|Top Gun: Maverick
TV Focuses on Underrepresented Communities
The acclaimed A24 series The Bear leads the TV side with 4 major nominations, including Best Comedy Series. Jeremy Allen White’s searing performance has captured fan and critic attention for his portrayal of a young chef struggling to run his family’s restaurant in Chicago.
Abbott Elementary racked up several nominations as well for the ABC workplace comedy spotlighting teachers at an underfunded Philadelphia public school. Quinta Brunson landed an expected nomination for Best Actress, while Tyler James Williams joins White in the Best Actor race.
Additionally, the LGBTQ drama Pose leads the limited series/TV movie field, spotlighting talent like Michaela Jaé Rodriguez who became the first trans actress to win an Emmy. Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story also continues its awards show momentum with several Globe nods.
|Best Comedy Series, Best Actor (Jeremy Allen White)
|Best Comedy Series, Best Actress (Quinta Brunson)
|Best Limited Series/TV Movie
|Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story
|Best Limited Series/TV Movie
Predictions on Globe Winners Differ Among Experts
In the aftermath of recent scandals, awards season pundits believe voters may steer away from more controversial nominees. Some predict Spielberg’s The Fabelmans will dominate the film categories as an uncontroversial choice, while Abbott Elementary sweeps the TV side.
However, other experts forecast Cate Blanchett winning Best Actress for Tár and The Bear’s Jeremy Allen White taking the top TV acting prize. Lead acting awards often provide a popularity boost during Oscar voting as well.
Given the wide range of film and TV nominees coupled with the HFPA’s recent unpredictability, this year’s Globes winners are more uncertain than ever.
Reforms Must Continue After Globes Spotlight Fades
While hits like Top Gun and Abbott represent the mass appeal that powers awards show ratings, the embrace of polarizing works like Tár and Pose demonstrates the HFPA’s ongoing efforts at representation. However, true change happens through sustained effort, not temporary spotlight moments.
“Real reform doesn’t happen overnight, and the Globes still has work to do,” noted Variety Awards Editor Clayton Davis. “But this year’s diverse nominations and presenters prove they are making tangible progress.”
The HFPA must continue implementing changes to membership, ethics rules and access guidelines that transcend the Globes telecast. Viewership and star attendees may fluctate each year. But demonstrating an ongoing commitment to spotlighting a wide range of storytellers and stories should remain the focus in a new era for the Golden Globes.
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