Many personalities point to the absence of black people among the voters at the Golden Globes, the 78th edition of which will take place this Sunday evening.
The 2021 Golden Globes face a last-minute scandal. The American awards ceremony, the 78th edition of which will take place this Sunday evening in the United States, is the subject of a flood of criticism for the lack of diversity of its voters. Many American celebrities, from Laura Dern to Alyssa Milano, point to the total absence of black people in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the body made up of 87 people that determines each year who will receive the trophies.
The controversy began with an investigation by Los Angeles Times on the organization and the suspicions of corruption hanging over it. This same article revealed that none of its 87 members were black. The HFPA reacted Thursday with a statement relayed by Variety, in which she said she wanted to reverse the trend and recruit members from other ethnic groups:
“We are totally committed to ensuring that our members reflect the communities all over the world who love movies, television and the artists who inspire and uplift them,” she writes. “We understand that we need to add black members, as well as members of other under-represented backgrounds, and we will work immediately to put in place a plan of action to achieve these goals as quickly as possible.”
“Superficial repair is not enough”
But the controversy took on new dimensions the next day, two days before the ceremony, with a tweet from Time’s Up. The organization founded by celebrities in 2018 on the sidelines of the #MeToo movement and the Weinstein affair published a photo of a cracked trophy on Friday: “The Hollywood Foreign Press Association: Not a single black member on 87 “, can we read in the caption, accompanied by the hashtag #TimesUpGlobes (” It’s time, the Globes “) and the mention:” A superficial repair is not enough. “
The message was relayed by many celebrities from the small and big screen: Amy schumer, Laura Dern, the director Ava DuVerney, Judd Apatow, Jurnee Smollett (Lovecraft Country), the series creator Shonda rhimes, the star of Grey’s Anatomy Ellen Pompeo, that of Scandal Kerry Washington, Alyssa Milano, Dakota Johnson: everyone relayed this message, two days before this ceremony. Actor Sterling K. Brown, winner of the Golden Globes in 2018 for his role in the series This Is Us, posted a long message on Instagram:
“I will be one of the presenters this weekend to honor all storytellers, especially those of color, who have come to this wonderful stage in their careers … and I have some criticism to make regarding the HFPA . 87 people wield enormous power. For any body governing a Hollywood awards show today, such a lack of representation in the votes betrays a lack of accountability that should not be ignored. (…) Bring in. a multitude of black presenters (a reference to himself, Editor’s note) does not absolve you of this lack of diversity. “
The organizers of the Golden Globes have announced that the controversy will be mentioned during tonight’s ceremony, which will take place under exceptional conditions due to the coronavirus pandemic. It will be presented by actresses and comedians Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, who will each be on one side of the United States and interact via video conference. Nomadland and Chicago Seven go favorites for the award for best dramatic film.
Several films centered on black characters (Judas and the Black Messiah, Ma Rainey’s Blues, One Night in Miami) appear in the names of the different categories. But none have made their way to the centerpiece category of best dramatic film. An absence noticed by the detractors of the HFPA. When the nominations were revealed, many voices were raised to point the finger at the forgetting of I May Destroy You, American-British series created and carried by black actress Michaela Coel, yet unanimously hailed by critics and the public.
The controversy surrounding the Golden Globes is not unlike that of the Oscars 2016. Many personalities had denounced the lack of diversity among the nominees that year, launching a movement on social networks carried by the hashtag “#OscarsSoWhite “.
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Golden Globes pinned down by celebrities for lack of diversity among voters