After the scandals, the Golden Globes attempt a comeback in Hollywood

Long perceived as Hollywood’s favorite evening, but now mired in scandals, the Golden Globes will try to restore their image on Tuesday, during a televised ceremony with red carpet, where blockbusters compete (“Top Gun”, ” Avatar”) and more intimate films (“The Fabelmans”).

The presentation of these awards in Beverly Hills has traditionally been very well attended, as it kicks off the awards season in the United States. But last year, the Golden Globes were shut down and shunned by the industry, due to accusations of racism, sexism and corruption aimed at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which forms their jury.

After a series of reforms to renovate the HFPA – which had no black members in 2021 – the American channel NBC agreed to broadcast the 80th Golden Globes ceremony this year.

Many big names are invited, including director Steven Spielberg, whose semi-autobiographical “The Fabelmans” is favorite for the award for best dramatic film, and actor Eddie Murphy who must be honored for his entire career. .

African-American gay comedian Jerrod Carmichael will host the ceremony and director Quentin Tarantino is among the presenters of the awards. But the return to favor is far from guaranteed: the contract with NBC is only valid for this year and many nominees have not yet confirmed their presence.

“Different” ceremony

The Golden Globes will inevitably be “different”, far from the glitter and champagne that flowed freely before the pandemic and the scandals, according to columnist Pete Hammond, of the specialized site Deadline.
The ceremony must already deal with two absent marks.

Brendan Fraser, nominated for his role as an overweight, reclusive teacher in ‘The Whale’, accuses a former HFPA president of sexually assaulting him and will boycott the event.

“Top Gun: Maverick” producer Tom Cruise is also expected to be absent, after returning his three Golden Globes to protest the scandals. His feature film will try, along with the other huge 2022 box office success “Avatar: The Way of the Water”, to prevent “The Fabelmans” from winning the award for best drama film.

“Tar”, which takes place in the world of classical music and the biopic “Elvis”, about the king of rock’n’roll could also come as a surprise. Their respective stars – Cate Blanchett as the ruthless conductor, and Austin Butler as the remarkable Elvis Presley – are among the favorites for the acting awards.

On the comedy side, the Irish tragicomedy “The Banshees of Inisherin”, which depicts the abrupt end of a friendship on a small Irish island in the 1920s, will compete in eight categories, a first for twenty years.

The film faces in particular the surreal and breathtaking “Everything Everywhere All At Once”, which could earn performance awards for Michelle Yeoh, Jamie Lee Curtis and Ke Huy Quan.

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