In the past, the Golden Globes have been an awards show that for many has been considered one of the funniest events in Hollywood. Hosts, like this year’s Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, waste no time when it comes to toasting the audience of more socially lubricated celebrities as the booze flows freely and a relaxed banquet environment takes hold. sets up for more impromptu and unpredictable moments that are worthy of a fun Monday morning report that will go viral.
Fun, isn’t it? Well, 2021 is a different year.
With a pandemic and racial judgment hitting the country head-on, decades of criticism and underlying dubious work ethic issues that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) have managed to sidestep are catching up to them.
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Not even five minutes later, Fey playfully explained the HFPA to the essential worker audience of Rainbow Room in New York City, saying that it has around 90 members of the non-black international press – which got a laugh. Other than that, Fey and Poehler humorously avoided the controversy conversation and basically said, “You have to change this.” Maybe it was better than the SNL the elders did not approach it.
The cracks in the HFPA foundation they didn’t know about are starting to crumble. In the weeks leading up to tonight’s ceremony, they were dragged out and destroyed. During the Golden Globes pre-show, it was teased that the HFPA was going to address the lack of inclusion of black journalists in the organization. This made the public believe that there would be a huge announcement about it, so when HFPA President Ali Sar went out with members Helen Hoehne and Meher Tatna, we prepared for some sort of well thought out initiative.
Without saying it directly, Hoehne addressed the issues and admitted that the HFPA has a lot of work to do and said “black representation is vital.” The trio said they want to make sure everyone has a place at their table and want to make membership diversity “the norm.” Sar said they “will get there”.
… And that was it.
Throughout the night, there was talk of inclusion, diversity and representation by winners like Schitt Creek‘s Dan Levy and a dash of occasional jokes about the HFPA’s lack of blacks like when It’s usSterling K. Brown and Susan Kelechi Watson presented awards. The HFPA seems to know they have an inclusion problem and responds by saying, “We’re working on it.”
It didn’t really help the must contain the Pandora’s Box that opened for HFPA. This combined with the unfortunate technical difficulties with Daniel Kaluuya’s victory and this bizarre picture-in-picture speech from Kemp Powers for the Soul winning for Best Animated Feature didn’t seem like a good look at the ceremony which has been touted for its lack of inclusion in recent years – but particularly for 2021.
In the biodome known as Hollywood, there have always been rumors about HFPA and their practices circulating – and that is exactly what they are: rumors. There have been no solid truths to back up these rumors of unethical practices and systemic issues to hold this elusive group of 87 members of the international press accountable for their actions … Los Angeles Times released their report on how the HFPA has no black members and how they made questionable payments to their members.
This is only the beginning of the problems for HFPA. Many of these accusations and criticisms go back years, but again, they were rumors. Let’s save the schedule for now, when Minari, which is essentially a story about the American Dream, was shortlisted for Best Foreign Language Film instead of Best Dramatic Feature – but those are little potatoes compared to what the HFPA was on the verge of. to face.
Since announcing its nominees for the 78th annual Golden Globes, the HFPA has come under heavy scrutiny for its lack of diversity with its nominees. Yes, there is a spice of people of color and underrepresented in categories, but overall the Globes are very… white. Critically acclaimed shows and films like I can destroy you and Da 5 bloods were visibly absent from the nominations while the problematic of Sia Music managed to have love for Emily in Paris has become something of a cherished awards season in the eyes of the HFPA. This may indicate how well the HFPA is in sync with the rest of the world, but more importantly, it is a reflection of its members.
Ellen Pompeo wrote an open letter to them and “White Hollywood” a day before the ceremony while the Directors Guild of America and GLAAD put them on breath. Additionally, Kerry Washington, JJ Abrams, Jurnee Smollett, Damon Lindelof and Shonda Rhimes have provided input regarding the issues.