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What was the point of this year’s Golden Globes?

What was the point of this year’s Golden Globes?
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If you’ve had a busy Monday and just now wondering where all the Golden Globes red carpet looks and inappropriate acceptance speeches are, you didn’t miss much as the ceremony wasn’t televised.

This year’s Golden Globes took place behind closed doors at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, hiding away like a naughty school kid after it emerged the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which hosts the awards, didn’t have a single Black member out of 87, sparking a diversity row.

However, if you happened to scroll through Twitter on Sunday evening, you may have noticed the award winners were instead randomly announced in a flurry of tweets.

The Golden Globes were noticeably mooted this year but, perhaps, not enough as it shouldn’t have taken place at all.

Until the race row involving the HFPA erupted last year, the Golden Globes were known as one of the most enjoyable awards shows, markedly more upbeat and vibrant than the prestigious Oscars.

It’s the kind of awards where Ricky Gervais can get away with obliterating celebrity culture right in front of an A-list audience, while the red carpet looks are always that bit more daring. These are just some of the reasons why so many of us were massively disappointed to learn that the HFPA wasn’t as inclusive behind-the-scenes as it appeared to be in front.

When the shocking figures of the lack of diversity within the association were revealed in January 2020, it sparked outrage not just among those peering into Hollywood from the outside, but those most prominent within it too.

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