After a two-year hiatus, the Golden Globes made its big return. On Tuesday, January 10, 2023, the Globes – officially kicked off awards season with its 80th annual celebration at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Hollywood’s biggest names from Brad Pitt to Angela Bassett gathered together to celebrate and honor the best in film and television.
This year’s ceremony was hosted by stand-up comedian and actor, Jerrod Carmichael, who in his opening monologue shared why he was selected to MC (master of ceremonies) the event, “I’m here because I’m black,” he said in his monotone voice which was met with laughter by the audience. Clearly mocking the scandal, that plagued the awards, leading to its hiatus, Carmichael chose not to ignore the elephant in the room, but to instead address it head-on. It was after all the reason why the show didn’t air for two years as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) – which puts on the Golden Globes each year – was met with controversy for lack of diversity among its members.
As the saying goes in showbusiness, “the show must go on,” and after some time away to rebrand, the Golden Globes officially returned with a renewed sense of purpose, having boosted its racial and ethnic diversity membership by 51%. Helen Hoehne, President of the HFPA, said this about the show’s return to broadcast, “Our studio partners have worked with us to ensure the kinds of changes were made to reimagine the HFPA and Golden Globes and preserve our future to ensure our philanthropy and charitable activities continue to grow strongly, and we remain the leading awards program to kick off the award season on a strong note that benefits the entire Hollywood community. We recognize we have a special responsibility to set the tone and tenor for each season and look forward to embracing that challenge with Hollywood’s party of the year.”
You can see the full list of winners here: https://www.goldenglobes.com/winners-nominee
Abron’s Hot Take
Now, I’ll admit that award shows lately have been insipid. Whether it’s predictable winners, a lack of diversity, an unfunny host – tasked with navigating the audiences both in person and watching from home – or the celebrities themselves who don’t seem to be very enthusiastic to be there, the past few years of what is supposed to be a celebration have been quite the opposite. But that wasn’t the case last night. Perhaps for the first time in a long time, I absolutely enjoyed watching an awards show live!
All of the issues I mentioned above were non-issues this year as I was genuinely surprised by the winners of each category, laughed and enjoyed the jokes, and watched the show all the way through – not wanting it to end. It was perfect. Of course, we have to note that there was a significant amount of black and brown winners during last night’s show. Some might and have already argued that this was an attempt by the HFPA to appease the community and to make up for the lack of diversity debacle. While that could have some element of truth to it, you can’t deny that those individuals – independent of their race – delivered some of the best performances of the year and should be awarded for it. I personally think that this is how award shows should be. Where people win based on their performance while also at the same time, not being overlooked because of their race (whether it’s done consciously or unconsciously). I decided to live-tweet the ceremony this year and I’m glad I did because it was a lot of fun! You must always give credit where credit is due and the HFPA has done an incredible job. They were called out for a problem, assessed said problem, took corrective action and then re-emerged bigger and better than ever.
Perhaps that two-year break did the show some good. Congratulations to all of the winners! I hope to be on the red-carpet next year, talking to your favorite celebrities while also taking in what I hope is this continued format of an amazing night, celebrating the best in Hollywood.
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