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Golden Globes announces nominations to a skeptical Hollywood


Snoop dog attends the nomination announcements for the Golden Globe Awards, 12/12/2021 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

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The organization which puts on the Golden Globes was subject to widespread criticism. However, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees for television and film awards Monday, despite the opposition of the entertainment industry.

Just as it’s done for many years, the HFPA gathered reporters at the Beverly Hilton to announce its picks for the 79th Golden Globes. However, this year there wasn’t a live show on the morning or any celebrity celebrations.

Instead of having a few movie stars announce their nominations, the HFPA turned to Snoop Dogg who read them behind red glasses and a red hat. The majority of studios, public relations firms and A-list talent haven’t engaged much with the group this year. Critics have said it’s too soon for the HFPA to return to business as usual. Many would prefer to see the Globes go for good.

But the press association tried its best to keep its perch in awards season on Monday, spreading nominations around to the likes of Will Smith (“King Richard”), Kristen Stewart (“Spencer”), ”West Side Story” breakthrough Rachel Zegler, Leonardo DiCaprio (“Don’t Look Up”), Denzel Washington (“The Tragedy of Macbeth”), Ben Affleck (“The Tender Bar”) and Lady Gaga (“House of Gucci”).

The nominees for best picture, drama, went to Jane Campion’s gothic Western “The Power of the Dog,” Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic “Dune,” the family drama “CODA,” Reinaldo Marcus Green’s tennis biopic “King Richard” and Kenneth Branagh’s autobiographical “Belfast.”

The comedy or musical picks for best picture were: Adam McKay’s apocalyptic comedy “Don’t Look Up,” Paul Thomas Anderson’s ’70s San Fernando Valley comedy “Licorice Pizza,” Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story,” Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Tick, Tick … Boom!” and Joe Wright’s “Cyrano.”

“Belfast” and “The Power of the Dog” tied for the most nominations with seven apiece. Netflix was the dominant film nominations source with 17 nominations.

Normaly, honors like this would spark a frenzy of joy from the early-roosed nominees and studios. They would shout their victories via social media and calls with journalists. On Monday morning, no nominee immediately celebrated — publicly, at least.

It claims to have remade itself in the last nine months, since 2021’s show. “HFPA 2.0,” recently elected president Helen Hoehne has said. This group added a chief diversity officer and reorganized its board. It also inducted 21 new members, six Black journalists, the NAACP for a five year partnership and updated its code.

“This has been a year of change and reflection for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association,” Hoehne said Monday.

All of that came after a Los Angeles Times’ expose detailed some of the HFPA’s unethical behavior and revealed that its 87 voting members didn’t include one Black journalist. Studios said they would boycott the Globes and more than 100 public relations films said their clients wouldn’t participate until the HFPA swiftly implemented “profound and lasting change.” Tom Cruise returned his three Globes to the group’s headquarters.

NBC, the Globes’ longtime telecaster, has said it won’t air the 2022 Globes because “change of this magnitude takes time and work.” The Globes have still set a date of January 9 but haven’t shared any details about what kind of ceremony that would be.

Much of the Globes’ power has always resided in its lively telecast, regularly one of the most-watched non-sports broadcasts of the year. For many award hopefuls, the Globes are a marketing tool. But this year, few expect to see ads and TV commercials trumpeting a film’s Golden Globes nominations.

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