The HFPA shot itself in the foot just as it was taking a step in the right direction.
After the embattled organization reorganized its board to start cleaning up past errors and try to regain the trust & cooperation of studios, publicists & NBC, HFPA is now going forward with plans for an untelevised 79th annual Golden Globes show.
It’s hard to imagine how HFPA members can vote in an informed way now that many leading publicists aren’t making their films, shows & talent available for HFPA screenings & news conferences. Given the crystal clear decision by 100+ global publicity firms to boycott the Globes until major reforms are in place, the question that comes to mind is, Will anyone campaign now to win a Globe?
Worse yet, will anyone who’s handed a Globe they didn’t campaign for want to keep it? Or will we see a long list of A List talent sending their assistants to return those Globes?
This is all bad enough, but HFPA managed to make it even worse by scheduling its non-event to be held 1/9/22 — the very same night the Critics Choice Awards are set (since they were announced 5/12) to take place with a live CW network national telecast!