LOS ANGELES | Racism, sexism, corruption… Splashed by a series of scandals, the Golden Globes announced on Tuesday their return to television in 2023, where they will try to regain their former glory after a last edition largely shunned by Hollywood.
“We are pleased to announce the return of the Golden Globes to (the channel) NBC,” Helen Hoehne, president of the Foreign Press Association, said in a statement. Hollywood (HFPA), which serves as the jury for these awards.
Usually run by all the cream of the entertainment industry, the Golden Globes, which open the season of film awards and are usually the most followed awards after the Oscars, were deserted by the industry in early 2022. was held without an audience or television.
Their usual partner, NBC, had withdrawn from broadcasting the event, because the HFPA was targeted by accusations that seriously undermined its reputation.
< p>More than 100 officers had written to the HFPA in the spring of 2021 asking it to end “discriminatory and unprofessional behavior, ethical lapses, and accusations of corruption.”
Face to this scandal, the organization had quickly announced a series of reforms, in particular an unprecedented recruitment of new members to improve the representation of minorities within its ranks.
“The HFPA is committed to meaningful change and to supporting programs that put diversity, inclusion and transparency first,” the organization insisted on Tuesday.
In 2021, the< em> Los Angeles Times had investigated its functioning and had revealed in particular that it had no black people among its members, paving the way for an avalanche of criticism and revelations. Since then, the organization has notably renewed its members, including 103 newcomers.
The Golden Globes judging panel is now made up of “52% women” and “51.5%” members of diversity, according to the organization.
The HFPA has also banned its members from accept luxurious gifts and all-expenses-paid hotel stays from studios courting their voices.
But critics, such as stars Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo had publicly denounced these reforms as insufficient. Actor Tom Cruise even returned his three Golden Globes to the organization in protest.
Weakened, the Golden Globes return to NBC under a one-year contract, which must allow them to “explore new opportunities for national and global dissemination on multiple platforms in the future,” according to organizers.
“We recognize the HFPA's commitments to change and we look forward to hosting the Golden Globes again on NBC,” commented HFPA producer Frances Berwick.
For their 80th anniversary, the Golden Globes will try to prove that they still weigh in Hollywood.
Last January, the prizes were awarded on the sly, notably rewarding the intimate film The Power of the Dog by Jane Campion and Steven Spielberg's remake West Side Story.
No celebrity had agreed to present the awards, and the media did not were not present either. Only social networks had made it possible to announce the winners.
Most of the winning studios and filmmakers did not celebrate their victory openly. Only the star of West Side Story, Ariana DeBose spoke after being rewarded, insisting on the reforms to be carried out within the HFPA.
“There is still work to do, but when you have invested so much in a project (…), having recognition is always something special”, she tweeted.