The Golden Globes are taking a back seat this awards season. Nevertheless, the Hollywood Foreign Press’ choice of winners will undoubtedly foreshadow what is to come.
Last year, an expose by the Los Angeles Times unveiled the HFPA's culture of corruption, which spiraled into a rightful public outcry about the organization’s lack of diversity. Eventually, the scandal resulted in NBC announcing it would not air the 2022 Golden Globes (among other consequences).
So without the usual broadcast, how do you tune in?
Instead of the typical grand event that takes over the Beverly Hilton for the broadcast and buzzy after parties, the Golden Globes will be livestreamed at goldenglobes.com and on its YouTube channel. From its usual hotel outpost, winners will be announced on Jan. 9 at 6 p.m. PT.
In addition to winner announcements, the HFPA plans to showcase its philanthropy work and NAACP Hollywood Bureau Senior Vice President Kyle Bowser will discuss the Reimagine Coalition, a five-initiative between the two organizations to increase diversity, equity and inclusion across the global entertainment industry.
The HFPA says that because of the current pandemic surge, the event will not have an audience, nor will there be a red carpet or any accepted media credentials. Only select members will be allowed in the room and all must be vaccinated, including the booster, and show proof of a negative PCR test.
According to Variety, HFPA president Helen Hoehne invited celebrities in early December to partake in the virtual event. On Jan. 4, it reported that no talent agreed to participate.
Even despite the scandal, it makes sense for the Golden Globes to forego the broadcast. Viewership has seen a steady decline over the last few years, with 2021’s ceremony being a certified ratings disaster. From 2020 to 2021, ratings plunged from 18.4 million to 6.9 million viewers— a whopping 63 percent drop. According to CNBC, the last time ratings were this dismal was in 2008 during the writers strike when approximately 6 million people watched the ceremony.
Between the Golden Globes’ programming shift and the indefinite postponement of the Grammys, the next televised awards ceremony (at time of publication) will be the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Feb. 27 TNT and TBS. After that comes the Academy Awards, typically the signal to the end of awards season, on March 27.