The Golden Globes this year were unlike no other. The embattled Hollywood Foreign Press Association proceeded with the awards night without a telecast, nominees, a red carpet, a host, press or even a live stream.
Instead, members of the HFPA and some recipients of the group’s philanthropic grants gathered at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for a 90-minute private event, announcing the names of the film and television winners on the organisation’s social media feeds.
None of the winners appeared to be present at the event.
But its not all bad news! Australia has done well at this ‘non Golden Globes’ with Australia’s winners including Nicole Kidman. Her performance as American television icon Lucille Ball in the Amazon Prime Video movie Being The Ricardos, Sarah Snook, and for the HBO series Succession and Kodi Smit-McPhee, for The Power of the Dog.
The Power of the Dog also took out the best director award, for New Zealand director Jane Campion, and best motion picture, drama.
The Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the voting body for the awards, were hammered by reports of self-dealing, and industry scrutiny on the group’s lack of black members.
The fact that it actually went ahead shocked many after broadcast partner NBC said that they would not televise it. “Change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right,” NBC said.