Golden Globes to unveil nominations as it attempts to rebuild reputation

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is seeking to make its awards top once more

Tinseltown distanced itself from the Golden Globes last year, over voters' lack of diversity, alleged corruption and a lack of professionalism, and the show took place behind closed doors. AFP
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Boycotted by A-listers and studios last year, the Golden Globes will attempt to rebuild its reputation as one of Hollywood's top awards shows with organisers unveiling this year's nominees on Monday.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which organises the film and television awards, has scrambled to reform itself since long-harboured criticisms of the group's practices went public in early 2021.

Tinseltown completely distanced itself from the Globes last January, over voters' lack of diversity, alleged corruption and a lack of professionalism, and the show took place behind closed doors.

But broadcaster NBC has decided it is time to bring back the glitzy gala, which will take place in Beverly Hills on January 10.

Tinseltown is waiting to see which stars will show up. Much of that will depend on who is nominated.

Tom Cruise and Brendan Fraser are both seen as strong contenders this awards season for their lead roles in Top Gun: Maverick and The Whale, respectively.

But Cruise last year returned his three Golden Globes to the HFPA in protest at its behaviour, and Fraser has said he will not attend the awards if he is nominated.

"It's because of the history that I have with them. And my mother didn't raise a hypocrite," Fraser told GQ last month.

Brendan Fraser has alleged that a former Hollywood Foreign Press Association president assaulted him. AFP

Fraser has alleged that a former HFPA president, Philip Berk, sexually assaulted him at an industry event in 2003. Berk denies the incident, and has since been expelled from the group for calling Black Lives Matter a "racist hate movement".

In response to last year's controversy, HFPA expanded its voting body to include people from more diverse backgrounds, it banned members from accepting gifts, and halted its in-person press conferences with stars, which were often derided for the improper behaviour of some members.

"This is really not the old HFPA anymore," president Helen Hoehne recently told The Hollywood Reporter.

"I respect Brendan Fraser's decision ... And I personally, sincerely hope there's a way for us to move forward and we are able to regain Mr Fraser's trust, along with the trust of the entire entertainment community," she added.

Still, powerful Hollywood publicists remain divided over the Globes, with some expressing scepticism over the reforms — and a reluctance to return to the event with their stars.

A plan by US billionaire Todd Boehly to spin off the awards show into a for-profit entity and pay salaries to members has raised eyebrows.

Spielberg leads pack

The Golden Globes honour both film and television. Unlike the Oscars, the show divides its movies into "drama" and "comedy or musical" categories — hence boosting the star power by increasing the number of nominees.

Steven Spielberg's deeply personal The Fabelmans is widely seen as the drama frontrunner.

Steven Spielberg on the set of The Fabelmans. Photo: Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment via AP

Other contenders include Cruise's long-awaited Top Gun sequel, Baz Luhrmann's rock 'n' roll biopic Elvis, and Women Talking, a book adaptation about sexual abuse in a religious colony.

Everything Everywhere All At Once, Michelle Yeoh's highly original sci-fi set in a tax office, which became a word-of-mouth hit early in the year, is tipped in the comedy film categories.

So are star-studded whodunnit sequel Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery and Irish black comedy The Banshees of Inisherin.

Fraser and Austin Butler, 31, who plays Presley in Elvis, are expected to land drama acting nominations, as is Cate Blanchett as a ruthless classical conductor in Tar.

On the comedy side, Yeoh and Banshees star Colin Farrell are among the favourites.

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Updated: December 12, 2022, 4:56 AM