Why The Golden Globes Is A Sham

By Ben Hamill - March 03 2021

Why The Golden Globes Is A Sham

The annual Golden Globe Awards have never actually been regarded a study in integrity, with rumours of corruption plaguing the event every year. They’re decided on by a group of unnamed international journos based in Southern California, and according to the LA times, many of whom are employed by obscure overseas publications very few people have even as much as heard of.

There’s also the rich and famous who count themselves capable of judging the quality of acting or of a movie or film’s production and storyline. Party host and socialite Yola Czaderska-Hayek, to name but a single particularly poor example, is one of judging members of the so-called Hollywood Foreign Press Association, or HFPA, as is Russian bodybuilder Alexander Nevsky.

Not exactly expert critics of movies or film, then.

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All-White Panel Of “Judges”

Another particularly disappointing bit of information about the Golden Globes’ panel of “judges” is the fact that none of the deciding voices are Black. Of the 87 voices in total, not a single Black voice has been included in the mix.

According to a controversial report compiled by The Wrap back in 2013, Black UK writer Samantha Ofole-Prince did apply to have her voice added to the panel that year, but subsequently had her application rejected. She reportedly did not meet the criteria for inclusion.

Then, this past November, Norwegian journalist Kjersti Flaa filed a lawsuit against the HFPA after having her application for membership denied. Flaa argued a culture of incredible corruption being present within the association, and even went on to compare the group with a cartel. Even though the judge ended up siding with the HFPA, rumour has it that many of its members had secretly been hoping for a different outcome while banking on the possibility of some sort of positive change being in the pipeline.

The Farce Continues

Sadly, as far as a shameful lack of diversity goes, this year has been no exception.

Some notable Black film and movie snubs this year included “Judas and the Black Messiah”, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”, and, perhaps most notable of all, “Da 5 Bloods”, which despite being considered a War drama masterpiece, received not even a single nomination.

According to the outcome of an investigation by the LA Times, more than 30 HFPA members were jetted to Paris by Paramount, the studio behind “Emily in Paris”. They were reportedly flown to the French capital to visit the show’s set, where they were also treated to a trendy lunch, private tour of a famous museum, and two-night stay at a luxury five-star hotel.

It was all very golden, but sadly, not all that “globe”. Or relevant.  

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