The Golden Globes will take place without an audience, broadcast

LOS ANGELES – A stripped-down Golden Globes will unfold without an audience or media on Sunday, as the event traditionally known as Hollywood’s biggest party is the result of an industry boycott for ethical lapses by its organizers.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association – which votes on the Globes – has been accused of racism, sexism, intimidation and corruption, with the NBC television rights holder ending its annual awards broadcast last year.

Still, film and television honors will be announced Sunday from the Globes’ regular hotel in Beverly Hills, in a program the organization said was intended to highlight “the HFPA’s long-standing philanthropic work.”

“Over the past 25 years, the HFPA has donated $ 50 million to more than 70 charities related to entertainment, film restoration, scholarship programs and humanitarian efforts,” the group said. in a press release.

No audiences will be in attendance for the 79th Golden Globe Awards, the group said, citing health concerns from the coronavirus pandemic and the rapidly spreading Omicron variant.

The Golden Globes have traditionally been second-largest after the Oscars in Hollywood film awards season, but their credibility has been called into question – and their future cast in doubt.

Many Tinseltown publicists and studios declined to participate in this year’s edition, and A-listers have publicly distanced themselves from the struggling group, at least until reforms are made.

The HFPA announced its annual nominations last month, with Kenneth Branagh’s childhood-inspired “Belfast” and Jane Campion’s grim western “The Power of the Dog” topping the caps with seven nods each.

But ads and billboards touting the number of Golden Globe nominations have been noticeably absent in Los Angeles this winter.

The organization – made up of just over 100 entertainment writers linked to foreign publications – rushed through reforms, including admitting its largest annual number of new members last year.

The HFPA diversity row was sparked by a Los Angeles Times investigation last year showing that the organization at the time did not have a single black member.

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