On Sunday, Hollywood presented a big show about not putting up a big performance.
The Golden Globe Awards were held — sort of — at the Beverly Hilton hotel as usual, but because of COVID and a diversity controversy they were not televised on NBC and there was no audience, red carpet or star presenters.
In fact, there was no possible way to watch the show honoring the best of what we’ve watched all year.
What’s all the fuss about? A damning report in Los Angeles Times last February revealed that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (the tiny group that votes for the prizes) had no black members.
There was outrage and NBC pulled the 2022 edition.
Since then, the problem has been fixed: The HFPA has added 21 diverse journalists, including six black voters to their ranks, and formed a partnership with NAACP.
The Peacock shook his head. The program still wasn’t broadcast and celebrities by and large ignored their nominations. Stars’ social media accounts were usually quiet and self-absorbed. Variety, where TV and movies take out full-page “For Your Consideration”During awards season, the contenders were instead championing their Critics Choice Award nominations.
The Globes — a silly show where A-listers get drunk while Ricky Gervais insults them — have become Hollywood’s No. 1 Pariah.
What a crock.
Let’s be real — NBC’s decision not to broadcast the Globes does not elect them as pope. If the awards show was a huge money-making enterprise with boffo ratings and unparalleled exposure for stars, Hollywood would’ve been much quicker to forgive the HFPA.
Tinseltown is full obtuses.
Armie Hammer’s new film “Death on the Nile”Despite allegations of sexual assault against him, he is still expected to be in theaters.Gareth Cattermole
Check out the next movie “Death on the Nile,” starring Armie Hammer. Armie Hammer stars. “mentally, emotionally and sexually.”His new film is less than a month away from being released in theaters on February 11th, and nobody seems to care.
(Hammer refutes the allegations.
Disney and 20th Century Studios didn’t bother reshooting Hammer’s scenes for the movie a la Kevin Spacey in “All the Money in the World.” He’s displayed prominently on the poster and the film’s various delays were mostly due to COVID — not saintliness.
This collective “meh”Because Disney and 20th Century Studios realize that this movie will make them a lot. Kenneth Branagh’s last Agatha Christie film, “Murder on the Orient Express,”Globally, the company earned $352 Million on a budget of $55 Million. We couldn’t possibly cancel that!
Nor am I saying they should, but virtue-signaling Hollywood’s selective outrage is so pathetically transparent, NBC nixed the Globes because it was easy.
The broadcast has seen a decline in ratings over the years. Last year’s edition was seen by just 6.9 million viewers — the Globes’ worst numbers since the ceremony was aired on TBS in the ‘90s. All awards shows are ending their lives.
NBC was able to get out of a year of a financially draining, logistically difficult endeavor because of the HFPA membership scandal. What do you do when the boyfriend you’ve started to hate anyway crashes your car? You end your relationship with him.
NBC has a contract to broadcast the Golden Globes until 2026 for $60 million per year. But you can bet that a dedicated lawyer will spend many a sleepless nights trying to rip apart that agreement. Meanwhile, Disney’s figuring out how to make the most money from “Death on the Nile.”
That’s the way it goes in screwy ballyhooey Hollywood.