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What’s the deal with the 2022 Golden Globes?

Amid ongoing controversy, the 79th annual Golden Globe Awards will look very different in 2022.

On Monday December 13, the nominees for the 2022 Golden Globes were announced, but rather than being met with a flurry of excitement there has been barely a murmur from those in the running. As we know, silence is often the loudest statement of them all, so what's behind this noiseless protest? Below, we trace the controversy that surrounds the 2022 Golden Globes and what we can expect from the forthcoming ceremony.


Why is the Hollywood Foreign Press Association facing backlash?

It's well-documented that Hollywood and the powers that be are severely lacking in diversity and transparency, but in the wake of Black Lives Matter and Times Up movement this is no longer being swept under the rug. Over the course of the past few years, actors, celebrities and the internet more broadly, have levelled critique at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) — the organisation behind the Golden Globes — reaching a general consensus that something has to give, or the Golden Globes have to go.

Following the Los Angeles Times investigation into the HFPA in February, these calls have become thunderous. What the investigation revealed was that not only were there no Black members of it's roughly 100 person large organisation — there hasn't been a single Black member for at least two decades — but the HFPA have been accused of "self-dealing", citing an example where 30 members were flown to France to visit the set of Emily in Paris in 2019. There are real life consequences of this, most memorably for Michaela Coel's masterpiece I May Destroy You, which was snubbed during the 2021 Awards in favour of the sugary Netflix series.

As you can imagine, the reaction was swift. More than 100 public relations firms sent letters to the HFPA formally withdrawing their celebrity clients until the organisation made meaningful changes. On top of this, major film studios like Netflix, Amazon Studios, WarnerMedia and HBO cut ties with the HFPA until they actioned plans for reform.

Another blow came a week after the HFPA made a public statement acknowledging its wrongdoings in response to the Los Angeles Times reporting. This time NBC — long time broadcaster of the Golden Globe Awards — announced that it would be terminating its contract to air the ceremony in 2022, while actor Tom Cruise, in a more symbolic move, returned all three of his Golden Globe trophies. 


Will the 2022 Golden Globes still go ahead?

Yes, they will. However, expect a few changes. Namely, the ceremony will not be broadcast on NBC as has been previously stated. When making this decision, the network said: “We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform. However, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right."

Instead, we expect audiences to be able to view the ceremony in a similar fashion to that of the nominees announcement, through a YouTube livestream. Although, considering the controversy that surrounds the ceremony we're pretty certain celebrities and actors will be eschewing the 2022 festivities, opting instead to attend the 2022 Critics Choice Awards which is set to take place on the same evening, specifically January 9, 2022.


Who are the 2022 Golden Globe nominees?

Find a complete list of the 2022 Golden Globes nominees across television and film, below.


Best motion picture - drama
Best motion picture - musical or comedy
  • Cyrano
  • Don't Look Up
  • Licorice Pizza
  • Tick, Tick … Boom!
  • West Side Story




Best actress in a motion picture (Drama)

  • Jessica Chastain, The Eyes of Tammy Faye
  • Olivia Colman, The Lost Daughter
  • Nicole Kidman, Being the Ricardos
  • Lady Gaga, House of Gucci
  • Kristen Stewart, Spencer

Best actor in a motion picture (Drama)

  • Mahershala Ali, Swan Song
  • Javier Bardem, Being the Ricardos
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog
  • Will Smith, King Richard
  • Denzel Washington, The Tragedy of Macbeth

Best actress in a motion picture (Musical or Comedy)

  • Marion Cotillard, Annette
  • Alana Haim, Licorice Pizza
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Don't Look Up
  • Emma Stone, Cruella
  • Rachel Zegler, West Side Story

Best actor in a motion picture (Musical or Comedy)

  • Leonardo DiCaprio, Don't Look Up
  • Peter Dinklage, Cyrano
  • Andrew Garfield, Tick, Tick … Boom!
  • Cooper Hoffman, Licorice Pizza
  • Anthony Ramos, In the Heights

Best supporting actress in any motion picture

  • Caitríona Balfe, Belfast
  • Ariana DeBose, West Side Story
  • Kirsten Dunst, The Power of the Dog
  • Aunjanue Ellis, King Richard
  • Ruth Negga, Passing

Best supporting actor in any motion picture

  • Ben Affleck, The Tender Bar
  • Jamie Dornan, Belfast
  • Ciarán Hinds, Belfast
  • Troy Kotsur, CODA
  • Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Power of the Dog

Best director (Motion picture)

  • Kenneth Branagh, Belfast
  • Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Lost Daughter
  • Steven Spielberg, West Side Story
  • Denis Villeneuve, Dune

Best screenplay (Motion picture)

  • Paul Thomas Anderson, Licorice Pizza
  • Kenneth Branagh, Belfast
  • Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog
  • Adam McKay, Don't Look Up
  • Aaron Sorkin, Being the Ricardos

Best motion picture (Animated)

  • Encanto, Walt Disney Pictures
  • Fleem Neon
  • Luca, Pixar
  • My Sunny Maad
  • Raya and the Last Dragon

Best motion picture (Foreign language)

  • Compartment No. 6
  • Drive My Car
  • The Hand of God
  • A Hero
  • Parallel Mothers

Best original score (Motion picture)

  • The French Dispatch, Alexandre Desplat
  • Encanto, Germaine Franco
  • The Power of the Dog, Jonny Greenwood
  • Parallel Mothers, Alberto Iglesias
  • Dune, Hans Zimmer

Best original song (Motion picture)

  • Be Alive from King Richard, by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Dixson
  • Dos Orugitas from Encanto, by Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Down to Joy from Belfast, by Van Morrison
  • Here I Am (Singing My Way Home) from Respect, by Jamie Alexander Hartman, Jennifer Hudson and Carole King
  • No Time to Die from No Time to Die, by Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell


Best TV series - drama

  • Lupin
  • The Morning Show
  • Post
  • Squid Game
  • Succession"

Best actress in a drama series

  • Uzo Aduba, In Treatment
  • Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show
  • Christine Baranski, The Good Fight
  • Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid's Tale
  • Mj Rodriguez, Pose

Best actor in a drama series

  • Brian Cox, Succession
  • Lee Jung-jae, Squid Game
  • Billy Porter, Pose
  • Jeremy Strong, Succession
  • Omar Sy, Lupin

Best TV series - musical or comedy

  • The Great
  • Hacks
  • Only Murders in the Building
  • Reservation Dogs
  • Ted Lasso

Best actress in a TV series - musical or comedy

  • Hannah Einbinder, Hacks
  • Elle Fanning, The Great
  • Issa Rae, Insecure
  • Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
  • Jean Smart, Hacks

Best actor in a TV series - musical or comedy

  • Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
  • Nicholas Hoult, The Great
  • Steve Martin, Only Murders in the Building
  • Martin Short, Only Murders in the Building
  • Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso

Best limited series or TV movie

  • Dopesick
  • Impeachment: American Crime Story
  • Maid
  • Mare of Easttown
  • The Underground Railroad

Best actress in a limited series or TV movie

  • Jessica Chastain, Scenes From a Marriage
  • Cynthia Erivo, Genius: Aretha
  • Elizabeth Olsen, WandaVision
  • Margaret Qualley, Maid
  • Kate Winslet, Mare of Easttown

Best actor in a limited series or TV movie

  • Paul Bettany, WandaVision
  • Oscar Isaac, Scenes From a Marriage
  • Michael Keaton, Dopesick
  • Ewan McGregor, Halston
  • Tahar Rahim, The Serpent

Best supporting actress in a series, limited series or TV movie

  • Jennifer Coolidge, White Lotus
  • Kaitlyn Dever, Dopesick
  • Andie MacDowell, Maid
  • Sarah Snook, Succession
  • Hannah Waddingham, Ted Lasso

Best supporting actor in a series, limited series or TV movie

  • Billy Crudup, The Morning Show
  • Kieran Culkin, Succession
  • Mark Duplass, The Morning Show
  • Brett Goldstein, Ted Lasso
  • Oh Yeong-su, Squid Game

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