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The Golden Globes: How to watch the show’s rehabilitation attempt

The Golden Globe Awards will be handed out on Tuesday. Last year’s ceremony was not



In 2021, actors accepted Golden Globes remotely at a time when organizers were just beginning to grapple with a growing scandal around finances, ethics and diversity in its ranks.

Last year, NBC refused to air the show at all, saying that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the troubled organization at the center of the scandal, needed time to make “meaningful reform.”

But today, the 80th annual Golden Globe Awards are back on NBC with a show that will attempt to win the trust of viewers and participants.

What is not yet clear is how many of those viewers will return, after a precipitous drop in ratings during the pandemic, and whether celebrities and other members of the industry will appear en masse.

The Globes have long had a reputation for booziness and irreverence. Will the revived ceremony still be seen as a less-staid alternative to the Academy Awards? Or will the Hollywood Foreign Press take the show more seriously?

Here’s a brief history of the ceremony’s downfall, how its organizers are trying to rehabilitate it and what to expect from this year’s telecast.

What brought down the Golden Globes?

Days before the ceremony in 2021, an investigation by the Los Angeles Times took account of financial and ethical lapses at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and revealed that it had no Black members.

At the time, there were 87 total members in the group, and a lawsuit filed by a Norwegian reporter, Kjersti Flaa, who had thrice been denied admittance to the group, accused members of accepting “thousands of dollars in emoluments” from members of the industry who were campaigning for recognition at the Globes. (A lawyer for the association said the lawsuit was “a transparent attempt to shake down the HFPA based on jealousy,” the Los Angeles Times reported.)

One story of wooing voters became emblematic of a reputation for accepting lavish perks. The Netflix comedy series “Emily in Paris,” which was the subject of lackluster reviews, received two nominations after dozens of association members flew to Paris to visit the “Emily in Paris” set and were put up by the Paramount Network at a five-star hotel.

How did the HFPA react?

At the ceremony in 2021, hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler made repeated jabs at the press association over its lack of Black members, and midway through the program, leaders of the group took the stage and pledged to increase the diversity of its membership.

In the two years since, it has recruited new members, overhauled eligibility rules and enacted a stricter code of conduct. All existing members — some of whom have had their journalistic credentials questioned over the years — needed to reapply. The 96-member group now has six Black members — up from zero in 2021 — and has added 103 nonmember voters, a dozen or so of whom are Black.

Interim CEO Todd Boehly has moved to end the association’s tax-exempt status and turn it into a for-profit company with a philanthropic arm. (He has been awaiting final governmental approval for that plan, after which he is expected to disband the HFPA.)

How has Hollywood responded?

The HFPA’s practices have been scrutinized for decades, but this time, Hollywood couldn’t turn away.

Netflix, Amazon and WarnerMedia said they would not work with the association unless changes were made.

There were condemnations by A-list stars and producers. Shonda Rhimes called out the organization for its treatment of her shows; Tom Cruise returned his Globe trophies; Scarlett Johansson suggested that the industry step back from the HFPA until it tackled “fundamental reform.”

And more than 100 Hollywood publicity firms called on the association to “eradicate the long-standing exclusionary ethos and pervasive practice of discriminatory behavior, unprofessionalism, ethical impropriety and alleged financial corruption.” Until the group made its plans for change public, the firms said, they would not advise their clients to engage with the group’s journalists.

Now that the organization has outlined its plans for reform, publicists and agents say some stars are open to participating, while others want the Globes to be permanently retired. Based on this year’s list of presenters — which include Billy Porter, Natasha Lyonne and Quentin Tarantino — many are planning to show up Tuesday.

When and how do I watch?

Held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, the awards show will be telecast on NBC at 8 p.m. Eastern time and 5 p.m. Pacific. For the first time, the show will also be available simultaneously online, through NBCUniversal’s streaming service, Peacock.

Who is the host?

Comedian Jerrod Carmichael will be the master of ceremonies. His HBO special “Rothaniel,” in which he came out as gay, won an Emmy and was considered among the best of 2022. And he may be familiar to NBC viewers from his 2015-17 sitcom, “The Carmichael Show,” or from his turn as host of “Saturday Night Live” last year.

Who is up for awards?

The film with the most nominations is “The Banshees of Inisherin,” an Irish drama from writer-director Martin McDonagh about a fractured friendship. It is up for eight awards. “Everything Everywhere All at Once” — a sci-fi comedy about a Chinese immigrant and laundromat owner, which is co-directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert — is up for six.

The best film directing category contains some heavyweights — James Cameron for “Avatar: The Way of Water,” Steven Spielberg for “The Fabelmans” and Baz Luhrmann for “Elvis” — as well as McDonagh, Kwan and Scheinert.

On the television side, the schoolroom sitcom “Abbott Elementary,” created by Quinta Brunson, is up for the most awards, with five nominations, including best musical or comedy series.

In the increasingly prestigious limited-series category, the talked-about drama “White Lotus” is up against “Pam & Tommy,” “The Dropout,” “Black Bird” and “Monster.”

HBO Max and Netflix are tied with the highest number of nominations, at 14 each.

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