Monday, April 15, 2024

Exclusive: Golden Globes NBC Return to Be Announced This Week, But Group Couldn’t Pull off Toronto Party


The Golden Globes are returning to NBC. I’m told the announcement will be made soon that the Globes will air on Tuesday, January 10th, just five days before the Critics Choice Awards.

The Globes have faced two years of scrutiny, investigation, and changes. They recently added 103 voters– not members, just various POC to pump up their diversification numbers. The only actual members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association remain largely the same. Those 97 or so veterans have been making the rounds at the Toronto, Telluride, and Venice Film Festivals.

In Toronto, I’m told an HFPA party usually thrown with InStyle magazine (now just a website) fell apart at the last minute. A source says, “No one could agree on anything.”

Back to the new voters: although diversity is the object, 41.7% of the new voters are White. According to the HFPA, the new voters are also 22.3 percent Latinx, 13.6 percent Black, 11.7 percent Asian, 10.7 percent Middle Eastern and 41.7 percent white, with 58.3 percent self-identifying as ethnically diverse.

The Globes will be welcomed back not for their critical appraisal of movies, but for the fun of the parties and so on. A source tells me that older members of the HFPA have been retired. And current members — the core 97 — could be receiving $75,000 a year salaries from parent company Eldridge Industries, which also owns Dick Clark Productions and the Hollywood Reporter.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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