Sunday, June 16, 2024

Golden Globes Will Be Same Deal as 103 New Voters Added, None Coming to Show, Only 12 Are Black (Exclusive)


Well, the Golden Globes are back on Tuesday night next week.

They were yanked from NBC last year when it was discovered that the Hollywood Foreign Press, already considered a joke by 200 publicists, had no Black members.

The group resisted any change for a long time even as their gravy train was threatened with extinction. So they added 103 voters, not members, just 103 people who could vote ballots but have no rights, get no money from the big pot, not even a gift bag.

I’ve been touch with several of those new voters. Of the 103, about 12 are actually Black. The rest are from Europe or South America. You may call them people of color in today’s lingo, but not actually Black.

Of that group, they are in agreement: they’ve had little contact with the HFPA in Los Angeles, and are not coming to the show on Tuesday. They have no way of getting there and the HFPA offered them nothing. The HFPA could afford to fly them all in, folks. On their 2020 Form 990 for the IRS they claimed $72 million in assets. That’s Seventy Two Million Dollars.

Not all the new voters are journalists. One of them, in Ghana, writes about art for artNews, and a little bit about music. I can find no credits for articles about movies or TV. Nada. One is an Italian actor and presenter who says he works the red carpet at Cannes. One describes himself as “an analytical guy who loves cinema and rock music…I’m shy but confident, a dreamer but realistic.” Is this a dating site?

So don’t expect much in the way of change on Tuesday night. It will be interesting to see if any of the 103 new voters has any impact on the outcome, or if the Globes winners will follow past trends. Don’t forget, even with all the new voters the group was unable nominate Danielle Deadwyler of “Till” for Best Actress.

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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