Golden Globes carry on without ceremony

Golden Globe statuettes (file image)
The Golden Globe Awards has been reduced to a live blog for its 79th edition. -AP

The Golden Globe Awards, Hollywood's so-called biggest party that regularly drew 18 million television viewers, has been reduced to a live blog for its 79th edition.

The embattled Hollywood Foreign Press Association proceeded with its film awards on Sunday night without a telecast, nominees, a red carpet, a host, press or even a livestream. 

Instead, members of the HFPA and some recipients of the group's philanthropic grants gathered at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for a 90-minute private event, announcing the names of the film and television winners on the organisation's social media feeds.

Film winners included Will Smith for King Richard, Kodi Smit-McPhee for The Power of the Dog, Ariana DeBose for West Side Story and Andrew Garfield for "tick, tick...BOOM!"

The Japanese film Drive My Car, also a critics' group darling, got best non-English language motion picture, while Encanto won for animation.

Television winners included: Jean Smart for Hacks, which also won best television comedy, Jason Sudeikis for Ted Lasso, Sarah Snook and Jeremy Strong for Succession, Kate Winslet for Mare of Easttown, O Yeong-su for Squid Game and Michael Keaton for Dopesick. 

Barry Jenkins' The Underground Railroad got best limited series. None of the winners appeared to be present at the event, nor did they immediately comment on their awards.

That the organisation proceeded with any kind of event came as a surprise to many in Hollywood. 

The HFPA came under fire after a Los Angeles Times investigation revealed in February ethical lapses and a stunning lack of diversity — there was not a single Black journalist in the 87-person group. 

Studios and PR firms threatened to boycott. Tom Cruise even returned his three Golden Globes, while other A-listers condemned the group on social media.

They pledged reform last year, but even after a public declaration during the 78th show, their longtime broadcast partner NBC announced in May that it would not air the 2022 Golden Globes because "change of this magnitude takes time and work". 

The press association claims that in the months since its 2021 show, it has remade itself. The group has added a chief diversity officer; overhauled its board and inducted 21 new members, including six Black journalists.