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The Messy 2023 Golden Globes Failed to Justify Its Existence

•, Marlow Stern

The awards show, a cash cow for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association — a strange band of international journalists from obscure publications with loose ethics who love asking celebrities for autographs and pictures at press junkets to the puzzlement of nearly everyone else — was booted from the airwaves last year, and only announced its awards via Twitter, in rather embarrassing fashion, following a series of high-profile controversies.

Among these were an investigation revealing the HFPA had no Black members; its former president Philip Berk calling Black Lives Matter "a racist hate movement" and standing accused of groping actor Brendan Fraser, who sat out this year's ceremony in protest even though he was nominated for The Whale; and comically shameless allegations of bribery, such as Netflix treating HFPA members to a luxurious Paris vacation for Emily in Paris that resulted in a number of Globes noms for the oft-ridiculed series.

And now it's back, proving there is absolutely nothing that will stop Hollywood from awarding itself at a glitzy party with free booze and snacks.

Broadcast live on NBC from the Beverly Hilton in tony Beverly Hills, California, the 80th annual Golden Globes were hosted by Jerrod Carmichael, an uber-talented Black comic who recently came out in his powerful stand-up special Rothaniel.