The 2021 Golden Globes took place on February 28th but the ceremony was overshadowed by controversy surrounding the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

The Golden Globes took place on February 28th, getting the 2021 awards season into full swing.

Like many awards ceremonies over the past year, the 78th Golden Globes was a virtual affair thanks to a certain pandemic so naturally there were plenty of technical glitches throughout the evening.

However, technical glitches proved to be a small talking point next to the controversy surrounding the HFPA (Hollywood Foreign Press Association) that somewhat overshadowed the ceremony.

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Golden Globes 2021

The 2021 Golden Globes took place on Sunday, February 28th.

Seen as a trendsetter for the Academy Awards, this year’s Golden Globes was a ceremony unlike another in its 78-year history as it took place virtually with hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey presiding over the ceremony from opposite sides of the United States, hosting from Los Angeles and New York respectively.

Most award categories throughout the evening saw nominees tune in digitally from home with Chloé Zhao and her film Nomadland, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Daniel Kaluuya, Rosemund Pike and the late Chadwick Boseman all among the award winners in the film section.

In the world of TV, Netflix’s The Crown was the biggest winner with four awards while Ted Lasso’s Jason Sudeikis, Small Axe’s John Boyega and The Queen’s Gambit and its star Anya Taylor-Joy also won awards.

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HFPA controversy

Surrounding the 2021 Golden Globes was an air of controversy after recent reports from the Los Angeles Times exposed some of the ethical shortcomings of the HFPA (Hollywood Foreign Press Association), a group of 87 international journalists who vote on the awards.

This year, the group has come in for criticism over a lack of diversity – there isn’t a single black member of the HFPA – and for the reported ease at which they are courted by film and TV studios.

The Los Angeles Times recently reported that members of the HFPA were flown out to Paris by Netflix in support of its comedy series Emily in Paris, which received two nominations at this year’s Golden Globes.

Several stars brought attention to the controversy according to CNN, with hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey referring to the group as “90 international, no-Black journalists” and “European weirdos,” while Sacha Baron Cohen thanked the “all-white” HFPA after Borat Subsequent Moviefilm picked up two awards.

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The HFPA vows to make a change

On Thursday, February 25th, the HFPA released a statement that responded to the criticism being levelled at the group:

“We understand that we need to bring in black members, as well as members from other underrepresented backgrounds, and we will immediately work to implement an action plan to achieve these goals as soon as possible,” the statement read.

According to CNN, HFPA members only spoke in broad terms about addressing the lack of diversity with the outlet quoting Turkish journalist, Ali Sar, who said: “We look forward to a more inclusive future.”

NBC, the TV network that broadcasts the Golden Globes each year has not commented on the HFPA controversy at the time of writing according to CNN.

The 78th Golden Globes took place on February 28th, 2021.

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