Scandal-ridden Golden Globe saber down: No celebrities bothered to join

After a year of decline, the Golden Globe was held on Monday night Danish time.

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Several had wondered whether the crippling criticism was the final of the award ceremony. A critique that bottomed out in accusations of racism and corruption, prompting both TV stations and celebrities to distance themselves from the show.

But the death blow may be rather the reception that the holding of this year’s Golden Globe has received from the American media.

Both Variety, Daily Beast and New York Times notes that it was an amputated – and even ’embarrassing’ – party compared to previous years.


There were no celebrities to spot - neither for the attendance, the presentation nor the reception of the many film awards - for this year's Golden Globe Awards at the luxury hotel Beverly Hilton.

There were no celebrities to spot – neither for the attendance, the presentation nor the reception of the many film awards – for this year’s Golden Globe Awards at the luxury hotel Beverly Hilton.
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First of all, the show was not shown on TV as usual, as the association behind the Golden Globe – Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) – has not managed to find a new TV station that will show the show.

“Members of the defeated HFPA announced the winners of this year’s Golden Globes, but they read the names aloud to a ballroom at Beverly Hilton completely devoid of celebrities, then announce the winners simultaneously on Twitter,” the New York Times explained.

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But Twitter announcements are not well received in the US media.

According to the Daily Beast, on the contrary, the flawed winning postings created “a lot of confusion and googling”.

“Those tweets – strewn with emojis and bad puns and often without crucial information about the movie someone won for – met with even more ridicule on social media,” the New York Times reported.

But the criticism of this year’s Golden Globe Awards does not stop there.

Unusually, there was no red carpet for the festivities – because no famous people showed up for the party at the luxury hotel.

“Celebrity names from the entertainment industry seemed to keep their promise to avoid the event – not a single famous face, CEO or notable spokesperson could be spotted,” notes the media Variety, which had journalists present during the awards ceremony.

The closest thing to a familiar face were pre-recorded greetings from Jamie Lee Curtis and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Instead, about 200 strangers attended the show at the Beverly Hilton Hotel – most of them from the criticized association of journalists behind the awards ceremony.

In previous years, it would have been seen as a sluggish turnout – but in the midst of a corona era, it was doubtful at all to hold the 79th Golden Globe Awards.

“Many in the industry have questioned HFPA’s decision to hold the ceremony in person at all,” writes Variety, noting that the mood in the ballroom – despite the many scandals – was “high”.


Jamie Lee Curtis was - with the exception of colleague Arnold Schwarzenegger - the only known face to be found for this year's Golden Globes.  Both actors, however, contented themselves with greeting from a pre-recorded video that was shown on the big screen.

Jamie Lee Curtis was – with the exception of colleague Arnold Schwarzenegger – the only known face to be found for this year’s Golden Globes. Both actors, however, contented themselves with greeting from a pre-recorded video that was shown on the big screen.
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The scandals started raging for the Golden Globe Committee early last year.

First, the association was criticized for not having any black members among the 87 journalists on the committee. Not least, the HFPA had to distance itself from their former boss, who called the Black Lives Matter movement ‘hateful’.

Since then, the HFPA has been embroiled in speculation about nepotism and bribery after it emerged that several members had jumped on a paid trip to Paris – paid for by the people behind the Netflix series ‘Emily in Paris’, which had subsequently received a sea of ​​Golden Globe nominations.

The big headwind caused both the TV station NBC to withdraw from showing the show this year. Several TV stations and streaming services also stated that they would not take over the job.

Also, several celebrities expressed their opposition to the Golden Globe.

Not least actress Tom Cruise, who handed back her three previously won statuettes in protest of HFPA’s lack of diversity, and actress Scarlett Johansson, who called for a boycott and accused the association of sexism because several unnamed members had asked her inappropriate questions.

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