There will be no famous presenters and no red carpet at this year’s Golden Globes, following a boycott of awards by the film industry.
According to Variety, talent bookers couldn’t persuade any Hollywood heavyweights to attend the 2022 edition of the event, which has already been a glamorous start to awards season.
The broadcast of the ceremony has also been dropped by the US network NBC, and it is not known if it will be broadcast live.
The Golden Globes have been embroiled in a diversity and ethics scandal since March 2021, and a series of prominent figures including actors Tom Cruise and Scarlett Johansson have condemned the awards.
On the eve of last year’s ceremony, the Los Angeles Times ran an article accusing the Golden Globes’ parent organization, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) of a lack of diversity among its voting members.
It later emerged that the organization did not have black members.
The ethics of the HFPA have also been called into question because of alleged shady practices, including the acceptance of inappropriate “gifts”.
This year’s event, scheduled to take place at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on Sunday, will be a pared-down affair with an emphasis on philanthropy and no press will be allowed inside.
In a statement posted on its website, the HFPA said that in addition to honoring the best film and television of 2021, the awards “will highlight the long-standing philanthropic work of the HFPA.”
He says that over the past 25 years, the HFPA has donated $ 50 million to more than 70 entertainment-related charities, and that the ceremony will feature “a range of beneficiaries.”
The show will also “discuss” the Reimagine Coalition, an initiative set up with a civil rights group, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
The initiative, which was announced in October 2021, aims to “increase diversity, equity and inclusion in the global entertainment industry.”
Since the scandal erupted, 21 new members have been added to help diversify the organization and new bylaws have been passed.
Nominations for the awards were announced in December by rapper Snoop Dogg.
Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast, a black and white drama set in his hometown during the Troubles, has seven nominations, as does The Power Of The Dog with Benedict Cumberbatch.