Golden Globe Boycott: A Controversial Start To Awards Season
When the Golden Globe award-winners are announced this year (January 9), there won’t be any celebrities around to hand over the hardware.
Variety reportedly got their hands on an email from Golden Globe talent booker making the rounds of multiple publicity agencies about town. The email attempted to secure name clients as part of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association awards. However, sources are reporting that a sum total of zero celebrities have agreed to participate in the January 9 awards.
A statement attributed to Golden Globes’ planning committee states that the Globes’ will still go ahead on Sunday but will be more than the best film and television performances in 2021. The new “smaller event” will now “celebrate and honor” the “diverse, community-based programs that empower inclusive filmmakers and journalists to pursue their storytelling passions.”
Golden Globe Boycott Just One Of A Long List Of Issues
NBC canceled this year’s annual telecast following HFPA criticism for its lack of membership diversity and alleged unethical business practices. In addition to the passage of new HFPA bylaws, 21 new HFPA members have been added in an attempt to diversify the organization.
In April of last year, Shaun Harper, diversity strategist quit the HFPA— one month after being brought in to overhaul the beleagured organizaiton.
Citing COVID protocols requiring proof of “full vacation” in addition to “booster shot and a negative PCR test,” the HFPA has not revealed where the Globes will take place, or how the selected winners will be announced
Late last year, HFPA president Helen Hoehne–with a special appearance by Snoop Dogg–announced the 2021 nominees in a YouTube live event.
The HFPA did not respond to a request for comment on this story.