Though the nominees for the 79th annual ceremony were announced last month, questions still swirl on how the show will be televised, the format and exactly who will be attending.
This week, it was revealed that this year’s show will have no celebrity presenters as none have agreed to take part, according to Variety, who obtained a copy of an email from the talent booker that was sent to several publicity agencies asking about their clients’ participation.
Additionally, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has finally revealed its official plans for this year’s ceremony. The 2022 Golden Globes will still take place at the Beverly Hilton on Jan. 9, but in a very stripped-down format.
The event will begin at 6 p.m. PT and will focus on announcing the winners as well as the HFPA’s philanthropy work. Instead of an audience, only select HFPA members and philanthropy grantees will be present. Red carpet and media credential requests will also apparently not be accepted, according to the organization, since it was also revealed there would be no red carpet at all. The event will also have no food or beverage, unlike its previous shows.
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed on Thursday that there will be no livestream available for the show. “This year’s event is going to be a private event and will not be live-streamed,” a representative for the HFPA said in a statement. “We will be providing real-time updates on winners on the Golden Globes website and our social media.”
Earlier this year, the organization was scrutinized for having zero Black members within its 87 members and for unethical behavior, such as members accepting lavish gifts from film and TV studios that have gone on to receive nominations.
According to the Los Angeles Times, which wrote the exposé in February, there has not been a Black member since Meher Tatna, the HFPA’s former president, in 2002.
When the news was revealed, multiple media organizations, actors and creatives in the industry denounced the HFPA and planned to boycott the 79th annual awards ceremony. Some of the celebrities include Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Kerry Washington and Tom Cruise, among others. Cruise even returned all three of his Golden Globe awards.
In May, the HFPA responded to the backlash and stated its plans on implementing change throughout the organization. This year, the organization has announced a new interim chief executive officer, Todd Boehly; elected a new board of directors; added a diverse group of 21 new members and teamed with the NAACP to review its diversity goals.
However, a few days later, Amazon Studios, Netflix and WarnerMedia and its subsidiaries announced they would stop their activities with the HFPA until significant changes are made.
Shortly thereafter, NBC — which has long broadcast the annual awards show — announced that it would not telecast the show next year.
“We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform,” the company said in a statement at the time. “However, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right. As such, NBC will not air the 2022 Golden Globes. Assuming the organization executes on its plan, we are hopeful we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023.”
In October, the HFPA announced it would still hold the ceremony on Jan. 9, 2022, with or without a telecast. Details on how the awards show will pan out and if nominees will attend at all are still unclear, especially since the date of the ceremony is the same as the 27th annual Critics Choice Awards.
This will mark the first time the ceremony will not be televised since 2008, due to the 2007-08 Writers Guild of America strike, which led to the winners being announced in a press conference.
See the full list of nominees for the 79th annual Golden Globes ceremony here.
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