Nothing about this yr’s Globes suggests it’s able to return to primetime, together with a Variety piece revealing that this yr’s ballots didn't permit members to vote for non-English language or animated movies within the Greatest Movement Image — Drama or Greatest Movement Image — Comedy or Musical classes, regardless of a earlier announcement that they would be eligible. Even when this was in some way an oversight it raised the query of how severely the HFPA was taking different reforms.

But when the Globes are over—and that is still a giant “if,” given the HFPA’s unlikely resilience and confirmed capacity to return again from different scandals—what would possibly take their place as a glitzy Oscars-before-the-Oscars? For a second it appeared just like the 27-year-old Critics Alternative Film Awards (beforehand the Broadcast Movie Critics Affiliation Awards) would step up. Aired on totally different networks over the course of its existence, the ceremony has been broadcast on The CW since 2017 and this yr made plans to broaden to TBS and take the Globes’ conventional early-January slot. The Omicron variant scotched these plans, nonetheless, and the Critics Alternative Affiliation has but to announce a rescheduled date.

If something, this seems like an apt second for the Globes to grow to be simply one other group tweeting out its winners, nonetheless bumblingly, and vying for consideration alongside different (and higher certified) organizations just like the National Society of Film Critics, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and the New York Film Critics Circle. All three gave their high honors to Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s wonderful Drive My Automobile, a movie that, by advantage of its language, couldn't have completed the identical on the Globes. (It did decide up the Non-English Language award, nonetheless.)

There's a potential draw back to the leveling of the sector that comes with the deglitzification. A current New York Occasions piece headlined “Quiet Awards Season Has Hollywood Uneasy” famous the sidelining of the Globes as a serious contributing issue to a yr wherein awards season is enjoying out all over the place however film theaters, the place contenders like West Facet Story and Belfast are enjoying to less-than-packed homes. With no high-profile awards occasions to goose the curious into checking them out, the outcomes might be a slate of nominees with out a lot in the way in which of title recognition. One doable resolution: nominate what’s already well-liked. In Selection, critic Owen Gleiberman argued that Spider-Man: No Method Dwelling, a movie he admits hating, ought to earn a Greatest Image nominee to revive “mainstream cred” to the Oscars, calling it "nothing lower than the oxygen that’s going to permit them to outlive.”

There’s a logic to this, nonetheless knotty. For the Oscars and movie tradition typically to remain wholesome, moviegoers have to remain concerned with, effectively, going to the films. That’s a more durable promote than in most occasions due to the pandemic, viewing habits altered by streaming, and different components. However additionally they have to stay invested in the concept that films might be nice, a high quality that does not come from field workplace earnings or the drunken applause of film stars packed into the Beverly Hilton. To suppose in any other case is to neglect what awards, for all of the hype and politicking round them, are alleged to be about. The Golden Globes forgot that a very long time in the past and look what (ultimately) occurred.


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