Can the Golden Globes come back? 5 burning questions as ‘cancelled’ rewards show returns.

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While the word is usually thrown around with reckless abandon, the Golden Globes were literally canceled.

NBC pulled the plug on its 2022 TV lineup after a year of upheaval and backlash over the film and TV awards event. The trouble initially stemmed from February 2021 Los Angeles Times a report that revealed that the Globes’ voting body, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, had exactly zero black members, along with alleged bribes and improper benefits to its member journalists, among other issues regarding body integrity.

In the weeks that followed, the industry collectively turned its back on the HFPA and the Globes as additional stories flooded the media, including reports of sometimes racist, sometimes sexist behavior among the 87 members. While some of the HFPA’s indiscretions were an open secret in Hollywood, the cumulative effect became disheartening as studios and ad agencies withdrew their support. Tom Cruise sent back his awards. And then came what seemed like a death blow in May 2021 when NBC, The Globes’ longtime broadcast partner, announced it would not air the 2022 ceremony.

Within two years from Times’ exposé, the HFPA enacted a series of reforms, expanding its membership, diversifying its ranks and implementing new codes of ethics.

Now, a year after the humiliating, unaired, closed-door ceremony held for HFPA members and selected guests only – no celebrities in sight – The Globes return to the airwaves Tuesday night on NBC at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m.: 00 PT and hosted by rising comedy star Jerrod Carmichael.

Same as Globes officially back back? This will be seen in the event that, like Hollywood reporter it says, is “an interrogation into your future.” Here are five burning questions in the run-up to the festivities.

1. Will host Jerrod Carmichael be ready to bake?

Jerrod Charmichael with the 2023 Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special.  (Photo by Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Jerrod Charmichael with the 2023 Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special. (Photo by Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Carmichael is a huge win for the HFPA. He’s not a household name, especially compared to previous hosts – and he’d be the first to tell you that if you saw his monologue on Saturday night live. But she is one of the fastest rising stand-up stars.

The Globes gave their hosts the freedom to mock the institution that Ricky Gervais has made an art form, never missing a chance to sample HFPA and Hollywood in general for six shows between 2010 and 2020. Amy Poehler and Tina Fey were only slightly nicer in four periods between 2013 and 2021. Carmichael will have a lot of material to work this year. It would be a shock (and frankly, very disappointing) if he didn’t target all those huge elephants in the room.

2. Will the winners actually be there?

That is the question of the evening. From the start of the backlash, the Globes’ fiercest critics have been the industry’s most powerful publicists, with a coalition of over 100 people issuing harsh demands for reform of the HFPA. The publicists obviously represent the nominated talent, so good luck with the awards show without their support. It’s unclear how many columnists have now returned to the Globes train, and many debate whether the HFPA has implemented enough reform.

The main question mark is the aforementioned Cruise, who returned his three Golden Globes to protest HFPA wrongdoing – and also starred in 2022’s highest-grossing film, Top Gun Maverick, which is nominated for Best Drama Film. Is there any chance Cruise will come to terms with the HFPA and crash the party?

One of the nominees we know for sure won’t be attending is Brendan Fraser, an award favorite for his breakthrough performance as a 600-pound gay college professor in Whale. In 2018, Fraser said that he had been sexually assaulted by then HFPA president Philip Berk 15 years earlier, and that the trauma of the 2003 incident had a devastating effect on his career. (It wouldn’t be entirely surprising if the “new” HFPA awarded Fraser the Globe for Best Actor in a Drama as a gesture of reconciliation.)

Brendan Fraser in

Brendan Fraser w Whale. (Photo: A24)

It would certainly be awkward if favorites like Cate Blanchett (Tar), Michelle Yeoh (Everything Everywhere Everything at once), Colin Farrell (Banshees from Inisherin), Adam Scott (Cutoff) and Zendaya (Euphoria) are declared the winners but are missing in action. (See the full list of nominees here.)

There are some top-notch celebrities who have stepped up to the Globes and agreed to serve as presenters – including Quentin Tarantino, Jamie Lee Curtis, Salma Hayek and Jennifer Hudson – but the overall roster is decidedly less daring than usual.

3. Is Globes winners are legal?

The HFPA is known to nominate celebrities for being celebrities to guarantee a star-studded television party. For example, the 2010 movie Tourist earned three nominations in the Musical/Comedy categories (Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress), even though it is neither a musical, nor a comedy, nor a very good film. It was a transparent ploy to invite Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp, two of the biggest movie stars of the time.

There were no majors Touristnominees this year, but we’ll see who gets called on the podium. And that leads to our next question…

4. Will there be any variety among the winners?

The Los Angeles Timesthe revelation that the HFPA had no black members undermined the organization’s credibility; if that wasn’t bad enough Poultice subsequently reported that HFPA members often missed screenings and events related to black-led film and television projects such as Bridgerton, queen and slim and A trip for girls.

This year’s relatively diverse list of worthy nominees includes Yeoh, Zendaya, Viola Davis (Woman King), Angela Bassett (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever), Ke Huy Quan (Everything everywhere), Quinta Brunson (Abbott Elementary School), Donald Glover (Atlanta) and Sheryl Lee Ralph (Abbott Elementary School). There will be a lot of control over how many people of color actually win the statuette.

5. Will the show actually be fun?

Here’s a little secret about the Golden Globes: the awards don’t matter that much. Historically, they’ve been voted by a group of 80-something relatively obscure journalists, unlike the thousands of film professionals who vote for the Oscars.

Instead, the Globes are meant to be more fun than the Oscars. We want funny jokes, bustling celebrities (unlike the Oscars, attendees often drink in their seats) and cool moments. We want Natalie Portman to top the all-male director list. We want the host to be free of the HFPA.

Eddie Murphy backstage at the 2007 Golden Globes. (Photo: Mark Mainz/Getty Images)

Eddie Murphy backstage at the 2007 Golden Globes. (Photo: Mark Mainz/Getty Images)

We crave emotional moments too. The best chance for that this year could be the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, which will go to comedy legend Eddie Murphy – who will also likely be the biggest star in the audience.

But with the Globes moving from its usual Sunday venue to Tuesday in this transition, and awards ratings plummeting in recent years, there’s one more question to consider: will anyone be watching at all?

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