Without much glitz and glam like previous years, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced the winners of the 2022 Golden Globes via their website on Monday, with no celebrities walking the red carpet or in attendance.
Despite all the nominees choosing to sit out this year’s event, only two stars appeared to be involved at this year’s awards.
Jamie Lee Curtis, who has won two Golden Globes and has been nominated seven times, spoke virtually at the event and discussed the HFPA’s philanthropic work and boasted about how the organisation hands out millions of dollars in grants every year.
“We are honored to have @jamieleecurtis join us to share a message on the importance of the HFPA’s philanthropic efforts year round as a non-profit trade association as a 501(C)(3) Charitable organization,” the official Golden Globes Twitter wrote in a statement on Sunday night.
“I am proud to be associated with them in this venture,” Curtis, 63, said in the video, which was also shared via Twitter.
“They do so at a very low key, off the record, evening of giving. I’ve been the lucky host of that evening a couple of times. And so I just wanted to honour and stand with them in this continued advocacy of great need and great support that the HFPA continue to serve and offer with their generosity.”
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Arnold Schwarzenegger also appeared in a video shared to the Globes’ social media pages. The 74-year-old former bodybuilder has won one Golden Globe for New Star Of The Year in 1977 — he was also nominated Best Actor for his role in Junior in 1995.
In the video, Schwarzenegger praised the HFPA’s support of diverse voices, as well as reflected on winning New Star Of The Year, which helped solidify his place in Hollywood.
“My dream of being the best in my category was becoming a reality,” he said. “So this recognition from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association meant the world to me.
The HFPA, which hands out the Golden Globe Awards, has been under fire in the lead up to the 79th Annual Golden Globe Awards, following an initial exposé by the Los Angeles Times about both the small, insular organisation’s questionable financial practices, as well as a paltry record of diversity and representation (including an entire lack of Black members).
Last year, American broadcaster NBC announced that it would not air the ceremony on television due to the ongoing controversy, and an HFPA spokesperson confirmed there will be no online alternative.
The HFPA made changes to their committee since the exposé, installing a new board of directors made up of two-thirds of women and one-third of people of colour.
“Over the last eight months, the HFPA has completely overhauled its bylaws, implementing sweeping changes from top to bottom addressing ethics and code of conduct, diversity, equity and inclusion, governance, membership and more,” the organisation said in a press release last December.
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