It was inevitable that officers from the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. would someway broach the controversies that brought on the Golden Globes to be yanked from the air final yr. The solely actual query was how.
In his opening monologue, host Jerrod Carmichael addressed any elephants within the room head-on.
After saying, “I’ll catch everyone in the room up,” he went on to clarify how he was requested to take the internet hosting job by noting, “One minute you’re making mint tea at home, the next you’re invited to be the Black face of an embattled white organization. Life really comes at you fast.”
As the night wore on and the present was pressed for time, it appeared that maybe the HFPA wouldn’t immediately acknowledge their inner points throughout the NBC broadcast.
Then, with solely two awards left within the ceremony, HFPA President Helen Hoehne took the stage to talk.
“We’re grateful to have the support of the industry to help us celebrate our 80th anniversary. This has been a year of momentous change for our organization. We’re proud of the work we’ve done, the progress we’ve made and the journey we’re on,” Hoehne mentioned in a speech that lasted slightly below a minute.
“We commit to strengthening our partnership with Hollywood and with the worldwide fans who celebrate, like we do, the best in film and television,” Hoehne added. “We will continue to support groups that amplify a variety of voices and continue to add representation to our organization from around the world as we did this past year.”
At the final televised Globes ceremony in February 2021, within the speedy fallout from The Times’ preliminary reporting on the HFPA, lower than 45 seconds have been devoted to addressing the controversies that might upend the group as three officers from the group took to the stage.
Among these remarks, Hoehne, then vice chairman of the HFPA, mentioned, “Tonight, while we celebrate the work of artists from around the globe, we recognize we have our own work to do.”
After yanking the printed final yr, NBC in September agreed to carry the present again after the group launched into a sequence of reforms in an effort to salvage its as soon as high-profile awards present and get again into Hollywood’s good graces.
In the runup to Tuesday evening’s ceremony, actor Brendan Fraser, a nominee for his efficiency within the film “The Whale,” was the best profile star to publicly state he wouldn’t attend the ceremony, following Fraser’s allegation that former HFPA President Phil Berk sexually assaulted him at a luncheon in 2003. Berk denied the declare and has described the incident as a joke.
Among the celebs who have been on the ceremony, some acknowledged that they had thought twice about whether or not to attend. “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” filmmaker Ryan Coogler tweeted, “It crossed my mind… We decided to come out and support Angela [Bassett],” who would win for her supporting efficiency within the movie.