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How controversy drove the Golden Globes from TV

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The Golden Globes ceremony took place on Sunday, January 9. If you’re wondering why you haven’t heard much about it, maybe it’s because the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the committee that hands out the awards, decided that the usually star-studded event would not be televised.

Senior strategic communications and two-time Spanish major Drew Gould found the chosen method bizarre.

“The formatting was interesting,” Gould said. “It was just like, ‘Oh, we’ll just post the winners online. We won’t have a show. We won’t have a host or anything like that. We’ll just announce the winners online. ‘”

Although this may seem to be explained by the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, such as the decision to postpone the Grammy’s, the Golden Globes have been silenced due to another growing concern.

THE GOLDEN GLOBES CONTROVERSY EXPLAINED

The Golden Globes committee, the aforementioned HPFA, has found itself at the center of controversy on several occasions in recent years. First, the committee — made up of journalists, film critics and photographers — only allows its members residing in Southern California to vote on the awards, limiting its number to just 87 active voters.

Arguably the biggest controversy came when The LA Times revealed of these 87 members, there were no black voters. Thus, many have understood why films like “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” Where “Da 5 Bloodwere missing from the Golden Globes nominations. On top of that, former HPFA chairman Philip Berk was removed from the committee after sharing posts that called the Black Lives Matter movement a “racist hate group.”

Berk was also accused of sexual harassment by actor Brendan Fraser. When Fraser spoke out against Berk, Fraser saw less work in Hollywood, which contributed to the serious damage done to the actor’s mental health. Fraser should do his mainstream return this year, with films from both Darren Arfonsoky and Martin Scorsese.

The HPFA is also known to have succumbed to corruption. More recently, the showEmily in Paris” has been nominated for multiple Golden Globes despite being criticized by many. It was revealed on 30 of HPFA board members were invited on set during filming and were treated to a two-night stay in Paris. The series was nominated on series like “I can destroy youa show directed and written by Michaela Coel, a woman of color, loosely based on her own history of sexual assault. This added additional flames to the fire regarding the HPFA’s history with racism.

Gary Edgerton, professor of creative media and entertainment, said the committee’s controversy was upsetting but not shocking.

“It wasn’t too surprising,” Edgerton said. “Especially because… the controversy that ran through the Oscars with the hashtag Oscars so white … The difference is that a number of [HPFA members], that their own team is about 90 [people], and to have such a small number of people voting, and then to have such a demographically small number in terms of it was [a bad idea].”


Despite these controversies, the Golden Globes still took place, with the results being published on social networks after the ceremony. For the ceremony itself, it was a private event with few people and no media present. The ceremony is often considered the precursor to the most prestigious Oscars, which are scheduled to take place on March 27, 2022. Here is a look at some of the awards:

HISTORIC VICTORY

Blanca Evangelista is the fierce house mother of House Evangelista. Photo courtesy of FX.

One of the biggest wins of the night was arguably Mj Rodgriuez winner Best Actress in a Television Drama for her role as Blanca Evangelista in FX’s “Pose”.

Rodriguez became the first trans woman in history to win a Golden Globe, after she was the first trans woman to be nominated for an acting award at the Emmys for the same show.

As a trans woman of color receiving such significant recognition, the awards continue to recognize both the good work and the work that remains to be done. Rewarding representation that matters pushes the boundaries, but more work towards equality is still needed. Hopefully, with nominations and wins like this, the door will be opened for more representation in more forms of media.

THE POWER OF THE DOG

Jeanne Campionthe last movie of “The power of the dogwon big at the Golden Globes. The film picked up three wins in total, including Best Picture – Drama, Best Supporting Actor in Any Film for Kodi Smit McPhee, and best director for a film for Campion.

Being her first directed film in over a decade, Campion has been welcomed with open arms in the industry. A true pioneer for female directors, she was the second director to be nominated for directing at the Oscars for her film “The pianoin 1993. She was also the first female director to win thePalme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for the same film.

“The Power of the Dog” has received critical acclaim and is certified fresh on rotten tomatoes. The slow-burning Western drama centers on a newlywed couple slowly separated by the husband’s jealous and secretive brother who begins to take the wife’s son under his wing.

“The Power of the Dog” is available to watch on netflix.

WEST SIDE STORY

Directed by Steven Spielberg, a classic Hollywood musical has been brought back to the screen. “West side storey” debuted in theaters this holiday season for universally critically acclaimed. The film is a remake of 1961 movie, which was based on the Bernstein and Sondheim musical which was a retelling of Shakespeare’s classic, Romeo and Juliet. Gould said the remake was well done and wonderfully directed by Spielberg.

“‘West Side Story’ was kind of a no-brainer for best comedy or musical,” Gould said. “Regardless of everything, Spielberg really did a great job with this remake.”

The film is a classic tale of love and fate. Tony, from the Italian Jets gang, and Maria, a girl protected by the Puerto Rican Sharks gang, fall in love. Chaos ensues and the young couple’s love is tested.

Spielberg was opened to want to direct a musical for the screen throughout his career, and it looks like he captured lightning in a bottle with this production. At the Golden Globes, the film won Best Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy, Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for Rachel Zegler and Best Supporting Actress – Film for Ariana Debose.

Debose, who played Anita in the film, has big shoes to fill. Rita Moreno, who played Anita in the 1961 film and also appears as Valentina the Shopkeeper in the 2021 film, won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress with the role. Anita’s number, America, is one of the musical’s most memorable themes and features themes of a “better life” in America that are still poignant today, despite the lyrics being over 50 years old. While filming the issue, Debose’s shoes had to be replaced several times because the energetic number was shot in the summer on the streets of New York. The high temperatures combined with the intensity of Debose’s dancing caused his shoes to melt on several occasions.

The film is not without controversy, however. Ansel Elgort, who plays the lead role of Tony, was accused of sexual assault and harassment by multiple women in June 2020 after West Side Story was filmed before the pandemic.

Elgort admitted the relationship was inappropriate but denied all allegations of assault. Since then, he has remained silent. However, Disney appears to be sending her on a press tour with the rest of the cast, appearing on talk shows and in interviews with major players. No statement from Disney or Elgort has been made about the allegations since the promotions began.

“West Side Story” is currently available in theaters.

BEST ACTRESS RACE

One of the most exciting parts of the Golden Globes is its close association with Oscar nominations. Usually, the Globes are what sets Oscar nominations apart from the rest. Arguably one of the most exciting Oscar races is Best Actress in a Leading Role.

The Golden Globes differentiate between Drama and Comedy/Musical while the Oscars do not. However, favorites for the Best Actress trophy are emerging.

Long time pioneer Kristen Stewart for her role as Princess Diana in “Spencer” was nominated but did not win. The Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama instead went to Nicole Kidman for “Be the Ricardos,” despite the controversy surrounding his casting as Lucille Ball. Jessica Chastain and Lady Gaga also scored Globe nominations for “Tammy Faye’s eyes” and “Gucci House” respectively.

As for Best Actress – Musical/Comedy, two interesting favorites emerged. Rachel Zegler, for “West Side Story”, and Alana Haim, for “Licorice Pizza“, the two share a similar story. Each actress was handpicked by their respective directors in their first major acting roles. Zegler ended up winning the Globe. Haim is also critically acclaimed for her performance. However , only time will tell if the two can get their Oscar nominations.

Despite the show’s controversy, the Golden Globes remain an interesting and important part of the film awards circuit. Gould said it would still impact his selection for the Oscars.

“There’s always some overlap,” Gould said. “It’s always the ones that are obvious. I can definitely see that some things are the same. However, I’m holding back because I’m still kind of thrown into a loop with what’s nominated based on the Golden Globes.

Its cancellation and the current situation the committee finds itself in is certainly fascinating. It is not known if the ceremony will be broadcast next year. NBC is open to disseminate, only if serious efforts are made to restructure its committee in order to make it diverse and open to all. Edgerton thinks the show will be back.

“[Any award] is definitely a vote of confidence,” Edgerton said. “At the very least an institutional recognition. What it is is dollars and cents. And if I had to guess, will NBC or other networks air the Golden Globes next year or soon after? Absoutely.”