Golden Globes Kicks Off Film Award Season, Tries To Move Past Controversy

Margot Robbie poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Barbie' on Wednesday, July 12, 2023, in London. (Scott Garfitt/Invision/AP)

The Golden Globes, which kick off Hollywood’s highly-anticipated awards season, will air on CBS this Sunday.

The ceremony, known for its lively atmosphere, has a star-studded lineup, including several nominations for films such as “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer,” as well as critically acclaimed releases like “Killers of the Flower Moon” and “Poor Things.”

On the television front, HBO’s “Succession” has emerged as the frontrunner, garnering nearly double the number of nominations of any other show. However, this year marks a notable comeback for the Golden Globes, with several significant changes in store for the ceremony.

A 2021 exposé by the Los Angeles Times revealed that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which serves as the voting body for the awards, had no Black members. Voters were also accused of making sexist and racist remarks and soliciting favors from celebrities and movie studios.

In response to the controversy, NBC dropped the broadcast of the Golden Globes in 2022. However, the show returned the following year after the HFPA implemented reforms, including an updated code of conduct, bylaws, a ban on gifts, and new travel rules.

More recently, in June 2023, the HFPA was dissolved following the acquisition of the Golden Globes by Eldridge Industries, the parent company of Dick Clark Productions. Problematic voters were expelled, and the membership expanded from approximately 85 to 300, including a 10% Black representation.

“This is their attempt this year to bounce back from probably their most significant controversy yet,” said Kyle Buchanan, an awards show columnist for The New York Times. “A lot of people don’t really know who the group is. The older Globe voters, you could pick them out of any lineup at any press conference. You know, maybe the new Globes group is more serious and we’ll get to know that over the next few years.”