The Golden Globe will air on NBC this Sunday, but the brilliance of the award-winning show has been overshadowed by a recent scandal and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced production to become virtual.
Despite its not-so-subtle problems, Globes still offers the opportunity for shows and movies that want to attract more viewers. It is often seen as a precursor to the annual Oscar ceremony, which will take place on April 25 this year.
Netflix’s “Chicago 7” and Hulu’s “Nomadland” (DIS) have made a splash at the Oscars and are expected to go straight for best film in the drama category ̵
And with a surprising twist, “Promising Young Woman” – which received numerous nominations – could leave with several victories, including a victory for Best Actress by Carrie Mulligan. The late Chadwick Boseman, who was posthumously nominated for his performance in Netflix’s “Black Bottom of Ma Rainey,” could provide the best actor.
Wrapped in contradictions
The ceremony takes place against the backdrop of a brewing dispute. The LA Times recently published a scathing statement from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), a non-profit group of 87 foreign journalists who handed out the annual Golden Globe Awards and found evidence of alleged corruption, harassment and self-mutilation. .
According to the report, millions of dollars were paid to HFPA members in the form of expensive junk, barns and travel. For the fiscal year ending in June 2020, members raised nearly $ 2 million in payments – more than twice the level three years earlier. The details and sums associated with the big one were surprising, given the coronavirus outbreak, which has largely halted the entertainment industry.
The investigation also revealed that 30 members flew to Paris to visit the set of the 2019 Netflix series “Emily in Paris” (NFLX). This show continued to secure a nomination for Best Music / Comedy Series, which had many critics scratching their heads as remarkable black-oriented programs such as “I May Destroy You” and “Insecure” were excluded.
In addition, the investigation notes that none of the 87 HFPA members are black. The organization responded in a statement, saying, “We are fully committed to ensuring that our membership reflects the communities around the world that love movies, television and the artists who inspire and educate them.”
Many famous black figures in the industry were not surprised by the revelation. Director Ava DuVernay responded on Twitter, writing “[Isn’t this] already widely known? “
There has been a greater push for diversity in the entertainment industry, with the Oscars recently changing their eligibility requirements to establish greater representation and inclusion.
On Friday, Netflix released the first-ever diversity survey that analyzes its movies and TV shows from 2018 to 2019. Although the report shows that the streaming giant is “ahead of the industry in hiring women and women of color to target [its] films “and” has achieved gender equality in leading roles [its] movies and series, “there’s still something to be done.
Netflix plans to set aside $ 100 million over the next five years to further promote inclusion and close the diversity gap. The money will help fund outside organizations that help underrepresented communities find work in television and film.
Alexandra is a correspondent for producer and entertainment at Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter @ alliecanal8193