Pressure Mounts on HFPA as NBC Refuses to Air 2022 Golden Globes; Actor Tom Cruise Returns His Three Statuettes

NBC May 10 announced it would not broadcast the 2022 Golden Globe Awards due to ongoing issues within the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, whose membership selects movie and TV show award nominees and winners.

“We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform,” NBCUniversal said in a statement. “However, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right. As such, NBC will not air the 2022 Golden Globes. Assuming the organization executes on its plan, we are hopeful we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023.”

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WarnerMedia May 10 also announced it was cutting ties with the HFPA, a decision preceded the previous week by Netflix and Amazon Studios. Then actor Tom Cruise May 10 reportedly returned his three Globes won for movies Born on the Fourth of July, Jerry Maguire and Magnolia.” Actress Scarlett Johansson May 8 cited the HFPA’s “sexist” culture and urged Hollywood to boycott.

The 78th Golden Globes, held on Feb. 28, saw TV ratings plummet 63% to 6.9 million viewers, from 18.4 million in 2020.

The move by NBC and others follows a growling avalanche of criticism toward the HFPA after the Los Angeles Times published a story citing allegations of a lack of diversity, including that the group has no blacks or other minorities among its 86 media members, among other issues. The organization has promised change, including upping and diversifying its membership 50% over the next 18 months.

That reportedly didn’t sit well with Netflix co-CEO and CCO Ted Sarnados, who, on May 7, fired off a letter to the HFPA criticizing what he considered pushback within the group toward change.

“Like many in our industry, we’ve been waiting for today’s announcement in the hope that you would acknowledge the breadth of issues facing the HFPA and provide a clear roadmap for change,” Sarandos wrote. “So we’re stopping any activities with your organization until more meaningful changes are made.”

Time’s Up president and chief executive Tina Tchen piled on, contending the HFPA has responded to the issues with little transformational change.

“Instead, these measures ensure that the current membership of the HFPA will remain in the majority and that the next Golden Globes will be decided with the same fundamental problems that have existed for years,” Tchen said in a statement.

Netflix Content Dominates 2021 Golden Globes in Banner Year for Streamers

Netflix TV shows and movies won 10 trophies at the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony held Feb. 28 and broadcast on NBC. In a sign of the times, content that debuted on streaming services won 20 of the 25 categories presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

The big gun for Netflix came on the TV side, with the fourth season of “The Crown” winning in all four categories it was nominated (it had two nominees in two of the acting categories), including Best Drama Series. Emma Corrin won Best Actress in a Drama series for her role as Princess Diana, beating out co-star Olivia Colman, who played Queen Elizabeth. Josh O’Connor won for Best Actor in a Drama series for playing Prince Charles, while Gillian Anderson won Best Supporting Actress for playing Margaret Thatcher.

Netflix won two more statuettes for The Queens’ Gambit, which won Best Miniseries or Television Film, and Best Actress for Anya Taylor-Joy.

Among other TV categories, The Apple TV+ original series “Ted Lasso” won Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Series for Jason Sudeikis, while Amazon Prime’s “Small Axe” won Best Supporting Actor for John Boyega, and HBO’s I Know This Much Is True won Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film for Mark Ruffalo.

“Schitt$ Creek,” the complete series of which is streaming on several services including Netflix, and available on DVD from Lionsgate, won Best Musical or Comedy Series and Best Actress for Catherine O’Hara.

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On the movie side, because of theatrical shutdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic, the HFPA opened eligibility to movies otherwise intended for theaters that had to be rescheduled and ultimately ended up at a streaming platform. Also, the eligibility period covering 2020 films was extended to include early 2021 releases.

Subsequently, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, which debuted on Amazon Prime Video in October and never played in theaters, won for Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy, while star Sacha Baron Cohen won Best Actor for reprising his role as the title character in the politically charged sequel.

Best Motion Picture — Drama went to Nomadland, which was released concurrently in theaters and on Hulu Feb. 19 (though it did screen at some film festivals and limited engagements last year). Chloé Zhao won Best Director for the film.

Another Hulu movie, The United States vs. Billie Holiday, won Best Actress in a drama for Andra Day in the title role.

Judas and the Black Messiah, which premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival on Feb. 1, and was released in the United States by Warner Bros. Pictures Feb. 12 simultaneously in theaters and for streaming on HBO Max, won Best Supporting Actor for Daniel Kaluuya.

Netflix’s movie haul included the late Chadwick Boseman winning Best Actor in a drama for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; Aaron Sorkin winning Best Screenplay for The Trial of the Chicago 7; Rosamund Pike winning Best Actress in a musical or comedy for I Care a Lot; and “Lo Si (Seen)” winning Best Song for Italian film The Life Ahead.

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Pixar’s Soul, which saw its theatrical release scrapped in lieu of a Christmas Day debut on Disney+ domestically (it played in theaters internationally), won two trophies, for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score.

STX Films’ The Mauritanian, which will debut on Amazon Prime April 1, won Best Supporting Actress for Jodi Foster.

Finally, A24’s Minari, an American production in Korean, won Best Foreign-Language Film.

 

‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Leads Golden Globes as Traditional Studios Dominate Film Categories, Streamers Take a Handful of TV Trophies

Traditional studios led the way in the film categories, while streamers and Pay-TV networks divvied up the TV categories at the 77th Annual Golden Globes ceremony Jan. 5 in a ceremony held in Los Angeles and broadcast on NBC.

The Golden Globes are presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and are seen as one of the bigger precursors to the Academy Awards.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood won three Globes, including Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy, Best Screenplay for Quentin Tarantino, and Best Supporting Actor for Brad Pitt. The film is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and digitally from Sony Pictures.

Best Motion Picture — Drama went to Universal Pictures’ World War I film 1917, which was recently released in theaters. The film also won Best Director for Sam Mendes.

South Korea’s Parasite won Best Motion Picture — Foreign Language. Universal Pictures will release the film digitally Jan. 14, and on Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 28.

Best Motion Picture — Animated went to Fox’s Missing Link, now available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital.

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Warner’s Joker won Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama for Joaquin Phoenix, and Best Original Score for Hildur Guðnadóttir. The film, a dark imagining of the origin of the DC Comics Batman villain, is available now digitally, and on Blu-ray, DVD, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Jan. 7.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama went to Renee Zellweger for playing Judy Garland in Judy, which is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and digitally from Lionsgate.

A24’s The Farewell, on Blu-ray, DVD and digital from Lionsgate, won Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy for Awkwafina.

Taron Egerton won Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy for playing Elton John in Rocketman. The film also won Best Original Song for “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” by Elton John and Bernie Taupin. Rocketman is now available on Blu-ray, DVD, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and digitally.

Netflix did find some love in one movie category, as Marriage Story won Best Supporting Actress for Laura Dern.

Netflix also won in the TV categories with the third season of “The Crown,” as Olivia Colman won Best Actress in a TV Series — Drama after taking over the role of Queen Elizabeth II from Claire Foy, who had previously won for the role in the category during the show’s first season.

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HBO programming won four awards, with “Succession” taking two, winning Best Television Series — Drama for its just concluded its second season, and Brian Cox for Best Actor in a TV Series. The miniseries Chernobyl won Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, with Stellan Skarsgard taking the trophy for best performance by a supporting actor on television.

Amazon Prime Video’s “Fleabag” repeated its Emmy success, taking Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy for creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Hulu series took a couple of trophies as well, with Ramy Youssef of “Ramy” winning Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy, and Patricia Arquette of “The Act” taking the award for best supporting actress on television.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television went to Russell Crowe for Showtime’s The Loudest Voice, on DVD from Paramount and CBS.

FX’s Fosse/Verdon won Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for Michelle Williams, following her Emmy win for the role.

Several presenters and winners took a moment to call attention to the devastating bush fires in Australia. But aside from a smattering of more pointed comments throughout the night, honorees largely avoided the kind of blatant politicizing these kinds of awards ceremonies are often criticized for. Host Ricky Gervais began the event by calling out Hollywood hypocrisy in his opening monologue.

“Apple rolled into the TV game with ‘The Morning Show,’ a superb drama about the importance of dignity and doing the right thing, made by a company that runs sweatshops in China,” Gervais said to a smattering of shocked laughter. “You say you’re woke but the companies you work for, I mean unbelievable, Apple, Amazon, Disney, if ISIS started a streaming service, you’d call your agent. Wouldn’t you?”

“So if you do win an award tonight, don’t use this as a platform to make a political speech right, you’re in no position to lecture the public about anything,” Gervais continued. “You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg. So if you win, all right, come up, accept your little award, thank your agent, and your god, and f**k off, OK.”

 

Netflix Leads in Nominations for 77th Golden Globes

In a nod toward the soaring popularity of streaming, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association honored Netflix with 34 Golden Globes nominations — more than any traditional studio or entertainment company.

The award nominations for Netflix were evenly split between movies and original series. On the movie side, Netflix garnered 17 nominations, with Sony Pictures placing a distant second with 10.

Among the Netflix films that were nominated for Golden Globes were Martin Scorsese’s critically hailed mob drama The Irishman and Noah Baumbach’s divorce drama Marriage Story, which picked up five and six noms, respectively.

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Both films were nominated in the Best Motion Picture — Drama category, along with a third Netflix film, The Two Popes. They will complete with DreamWorks’ 1917 (arriving in theaters Dec. 25) and Warner Bros.’ Joker (available digitally Dec. 17 and on disc Jan. 7).

Netflix also picked up one nomination in the Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy category with Dolemite Is My Name, which was also nominated for best actor honors (Eddie Murphy). Other films in the category include Fox’s Jojo Rabbit, Lionsgate’s Knives Out, Sony’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (available now digitally and on disc Dec. 10), and Paramount’s Elton John biopic Rocketman (available on disc and digital).

Netflix also scored well in the TV category with its original series, led by “The Crown” and Unbelievable, each with four nominations.

Noms for “The Crown” include Best Television Series — Drama, Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Drama  for Olivia Colman, Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Drama for Tobias Menzies, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a TV series for Helena Bonham Carter.

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Unbelievable was nominated for Best Television Limited Series and also picked up noms in that category for best actress (Kaitlyn Dever and Merrit Wever) and best supporting actress (Toni Collette).

The newly launched Apple TV+ picked up three nominations for “The Morning Show,” for Best Television Series — Drama and best actress honors for Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.

Other nominees for Best Television Series — Drama include HBO’s “Big Little Lies” and “Succession,” and BBC America’s “Killing Eve.”

Nominees for Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy were HBO’s “Barry,” Amazon Prime Video’s “Fleabag” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” and Netflix’s “The Kominsky Method” and “The Politician.”

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television nominees in addition to Unbelievable include Hulu’s Catch-22, HBO’s Charnobyl, FX’s Fosse/Verdon and Showtime’s The Loudest Voice.

HBO was the top cable or broadcast outlet, with 15 TV nominations, second to Netflix’s 17.

The media duly noted the streamers’ success. “Is Hollywood a streaming town? The answer seems to be yes,” the Wall Street Journal remarked in its story on the nominations.

Variety echoed those sentiments, noting that the “nominations are a sign of a new world order in Hollywood, one that is increasingly dominated by streaming services.”

And the New York Post, in its typical blunt fashion, observed, “The 2020 Golden Globe nominations sent a clear message … to broadcast television: You’re toast. ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC were completely shut out of the major-category TV nominations … with streaming platforms (Netflix, Amazon, Apple TV+) and cable (HBO, BBC America, Showtime) dominating the field of contenders.”

The 77th annual Golden Globes ceremony will air on NBC Jan. 5. A full list of nominees is available here.