Golden Globes hits rock bottom with latest ceremony announcement

Los Angeles, California - Wondering how to watch this Sunday's Golden Globes ceremony? Well, you can't.

The 2022 Golden Globes will not be televised or streamed.
The 2022 Golden Globes will not be televised or streamed.  © Collage: IMAGO / ZUMA Wire & 123RF/klyaksun

On Thursday, The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPS), which hands out the awards, announced that this year's ceremony will not be available to watch on any platform. It had already been pulled off of NBC following months of controversy sparked by a Los Angeles Times investigation.

"This year's event is going to be a private event and will not be live-streamed," the Globes posted on its official Twitter account. Capping off the spectacular fall, it added: "We will be providing real-time updates on winners on the Golden Globes website and our social media."

Still struggling to get back in Hollywood's good graces after enacting a series of reforms, the HFPA announced earlier this week that this year's ceremony, to be held at its regular home in the ballroom of the Beverly Hilton, would have no audience or host.

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Despite being widely shunned by stars and studios, the group will hand out its usual movie and TV awards, minus the Cecil B. DeMille or Carol Burnett awards honorees for lifetime achievement.

In the absence of the usual glitz and glamour, it will use the occasion to highlight its own philanthropy work, showcasing a number of grantees during the ceremony, and its recently forged five-year partnership with the NAACP [The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People] to promote greater inclusion in the film industry and entertainment journalism.

While the HFPA was determined to name Globe winners as it has for the past 78 years, the decision to forgo even a livestreamed event marks a stunning collapse for an awards show that had long been billed as "Hollywood's Party of the Year" and that, prior to the pandemic, had regularly drawn some 18 million viewers.

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