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Golden Globes - statistics & facts

First held in 1944, the Golden Globe Awards entered the 2020s in decline. As of that point, the entity responsible for the accolades, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), still had less than 100 members with the mission to vote every year for the very best in film and television in the United States and abroad. After the Globes recorded, in 2021, the lowest number of TV viewers in the 21st century, the HFPA discontinued the ceremony and announced the winners via social media in the following year.

A literal cancellation

The modest disclosure largely results from a decision NBC made public in May 2021. The TV network declared that it would no longer air the Golden Globes ceremony in 2022 but could resume the broadcast in the subsequent year if the HFPA improved the diversity of its voting members and overall work ethics. That was arguably the most serious consequence of an exposé the Los Angeles Times had published in early 2021. Since then, the press highlighted the absence of Black people among the HFPA's members and the lack of transparency around the organization's finances. This allegedly included studios paying members bonuses of up to 30 thousand U.S. dollars if a film won in any of the Best Picture categories.

Will the Globes bounce back?

Only time will tell if the HFPA can recover the prestige it once enjoyed. In its 2022 edition, the Golden Globes took what could be considered a more predictable route. It confirmed industry trends by concentrating most of the motion picture nominations in Netflix and Disney productions. "The Power of the Dog" – based on a novel published in the late 1960s – and "West Side Story" – based on a musical from the late 1950s – won most of the Globes within the film categories. The attempt to acknowledge female excellence with the nominations for Best Director also continued, despite the HFPA's male-centered history in that realm. Hollywood remained skeptical about the awards, still expecting the association to revamp itself.

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