BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — The Golden Globe Awards returned Sunday with several behind-the-scenes changes aimed at cementing a years-long return effort.
The program is known for its boozy celebrations of film and television and as an early stop for awards season contenders. The scandals have led to renewals of subscriptions and the selection of a new broadcaster for the January 7 show, but one important question remains: Will viewers tune in? The show is certainly betting on this, bringing out a starry list of hosts including Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Yeoh, Ben Affleck and Dua Lipa.
Here’s what you need to know about the 81st Golden Globe Awards.
How can I watch the Golden Globes?
Viewers in the United States will be able to watch the ceremony broadcast live from the Beverly Hilton hotel starting at 8pm Eastern time. It will air on the West Coast from 5pm.
You can find more information on how to watch the Golden Globes live, including red carpet coverage and behind-the-scenes interviews, here.
What’s new at the Golden Globes?
This will be the first major broadcast of awards season with a new home on CBS. While it may seem superficially similar to viewers, it’s been a tumultuous few years behind the scenes since the bombshell story in the Los Angeles Times. The 2021 report found there were no Black members in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which votes on the awards.
Stars and studios boycotted the Globes, and as a result, NBC refused to air it in 2022. After the group recruited journalists of color and instituted other reforms to address ethical concerns, the show returned last January with a one-year trial deal with NBC. The network did not choose to renew.
In June, billionaire Todd Boehly was given the go-ahead to dissolve the HFPA and recreate the Golden Globes as a for-profit organization. Its assets were acquired by Dick Clark Productions, a group owned by Penske Media along with Boehly’s Eldridge Industries; This group’s holdings also include Variety, Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter, Rolling Stone and Billboard.
The show also added a new stand-up comedy award, with nominees including Chris Rock, Amy Schumer and former Globes host Ricky Gervais.
Who is hosting the Globes?
Comedian Jo Koy, who has starred in several Netflix specials and last year’s comedy “Easter Sunday,” will host the Globes.
Organizers cited Koy’s “infectious energy and relatable humor” when announcing he would headline the event.
Hosting the Globes often requires movie and television stars to provide audiences with a sharp mix of humor and keep the ceremony from getting too sloppy. Koy promised to follow through in an interview with the Associated Press.
“They give me the grace to be myself,” he said. “I want to bring my style to the Globes. Of course I will have fun. But most importantly, I want to make sure everyone is happy. I’m going to make fun of myself. “If I can do that, I can make fun of other people.”
Who is representing at the Golden Globes?
The full list of servers was announced on Friday, following an early review on Wednesday.
Yeoh is returning to the Globes a year after winning best actress in a drama film for “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” giving a touching acceptance speech (and a semi-serious threat to beat up the pianist who started interrupting her). ).
Other announced presenters include Angela Bassett, Matt Damon, Florence Pugh, Annette Bening, Mark Hamill, Kevin Costner, Jonathan Bailey, Orlando Bloom and Will Ferrell.
Golden Globe Nominees
This year’s biggest candidate is “Barbie”, followed closely by “Oppenheimer”.
The films reflect a unique aspect of the Globes; They divided the best picture winners into two categories. Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie” and Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” lead the way, giving the show a chance to capitalize on the Barbenheimer craze that’s electrifying movie theaters.
Films nominated for best drama film include “Oppenheimer,” Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon,” Bradley Cooper’s “Maestro,” Celine Song’s “Past Lives,” Justine Triet’s “ Anatomy of a Fall” and Jonathan Glazer’s “The Zone of.” Interest.”
In the best musical or comedy category, “Barbie” was nominated for Ben Affleck’s “Air”, Cord Jefferson’s “American Fiction”, Alexander Payne’s “The Holdovers”, Todd Haynes’ “May December”. and Yorgos Lanthimos’s “Poor Things” participated. .”
“Succession” was the most nominated television show with nine nominations, including for series stars Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook and Kieran Culkin, followed by Hulu’s “The Bear.”
For the full list of candidates; Click here.
Who’s voting at the Globes?
The group that nominates and votes for the awards now consists of a more diverse group of more than 300 people worldwide.
What are the spheres known for?
The Golden Globes have long been one of the most high-profile awards season broadcasts, second only to the Oscars.
The show was billed as a first-class party, with its hosts often employing a more irreverent tone than their Academy counterparts. It also honored only the flashiest filmmaking categories (picture, director, actors among them); So there were no long speeches by visual effects supervisors or directors of little-known short films.
But the voting body was a small group of about 87 members who wielded incredible influence in the industry, often accepting lavish gifts and trips from studios and rewarding broadcasters willing to show off favors and win votes.
In some years, the HFPA has been criticized for nominating poorly reviewed films featuring big-name talent in hopes of making it to the show — the most notorious of which was “The Tourist,” starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. Over the past decade, they’ve overlapped with the Oscars more frequently. The show also recognizes television.
But before the expose and the PR crisis, no one in the industry cared much about who voted for the awards. The series has become a major part of the Hollywood awards ecosystem, a platform for Oscar hopefuls and, until recently, a reliable ratings draw. As of 2019, the broadcast was still attracting approximately 19 million viewers. In 2023, NBC’s Tuesday night broadcast had its smallest audience ever for a traditional broadcast, with 6.3 million viewers.