The Golden Globes recently scored a lucrative new contract with NBC.— Julia Turner (@juliaturner) February 21, 2021
Now, a number of voting members are accusing the non-profit group that runs the awards of self-dealing and ethical lapses, including $2M in annual payments to members themselves.https://t.co/NrILI8shGu
• The Golden Globes has long had the vibe of a boozy family reunion when compared to the prep school prom vibe of the Oscars. They're known for their laid back and at times baffling nominations and wins. But this year the nominations were met with outrage rather than the usual shrugs.
• The 87 member voting body snubbed Oscar frontrunners Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and Judas and the Black Messiah in the Best Motion Picture Drama category. Michaela Coel's HBO Max series was snubbed in favor of Netflix's widely hated Emily in Paris. Sia's offensive and should be career ender, Music received two nominations. It should be noted here that the small organization has no black members within its ranks and unlike the AMPAS (the voting body behind the Academy Awards) has made no concentrated effort to diversify or expand their organization.
• Now a week before the ceremony the LA Times writes about the trouble brewing at the HFPA. This includes several lawsuits that allege HFPA members receiving thousands of dollars worth of perks from studios and stars in exchange for nominations. The Times also discovered that HFPA regularly doles out substantial payments to its own members, running up $2 million in payments just last year.
• The writer also mentions that apparently more than 30 voting HFPA members were flown to France to visit the Emily in Paris set and were put up in $1,400 a night hotel rooms, and had a special news conference and a swanky lunch at a private museum.
* The non-profit donated $125K to set up an outside fund to help journalists through the pandemic--and some money from that fund was donated back to some of the group's own members.— Julia Turner (@juliaturner) February 21, 2021
* That's "more than 30" of only 87 members who make up the HFPA, which says it represent international entertainment journalists, but was sued last year for keeping qualified journalists out. (The suit was dismissed.)— Julia Turner (@juliaturner) February 21, 2021