Golden Globes unveil plans for scaled-down 2022 event: No stars, red carpet, or livestream
The show will go on for the Golden Globes this year, but without the usual glitz, glamour, and champagne-fueled revelry.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association revealed its plans for the 2022 ceremony on Tuesday, which the group previously said would be a stripped-down affair. Most notably, the event will focus on announcing winners and highlighting the HFPA's philanthropy work, while forgoing any live audience, red carpet, or media presence.
The 79th annual Golden Globe Awards will take place Sunday, Jan. 9, in their usual location at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. For the limited number of people in attendance, masks and social distancing will be required at all times.
Winners will be announced in film and television categories, but the ceremony "is going to be a private event and will not be live-streamed," the HFPA said Thursday. Winners will be posted in real time on the Golden Globes website and social media accounts.
NBC previously canceled its annual Globes broadcast when the HFPA came under fire for a lack of diversity in its ranks and questionable business practices.
According to a Variety report earlier Tuesday, the HFPA reached out to publicists to engage celebrity presenters but everyone declined to participate, thus making this a celebrity-free awards ceremony. (The HFPA declined to comment to Variety.)
The emphasis on philanthropy no doubt stems from the HFPA's efforts to restore its tarnished image. Since the group became mired in controversy in the spring, it has overhauled its bylaws, including addressing ethics and code of conduct, diversity, equity and inclusion, governance, and membership. The group also inducted 21 new journalists in October, its largest and most diverse class to date.
The 2022 ceremony will feature Kyle Bowser, senior vice president of the NAACP Hollywood Bureau, to discuss the Reimagine Coalition, a five-year joint initiative to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion across the global entertainment industry.
According to the HFPA, it will collaborate with the NAACP Hollywood Bureau each year to fund and support a series of change-making initiatives, with the overall goals of ensuring visibility of projects from artists of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, increasing diverse representation in the industry, and building pathways to inclusion for young artists and journalists of color.