Australia to feature in Golden Globes cross
Meanwhile the HFPA is under fire for no black journalists amongst its 87 members.
With the pandemic still impacting travel and live crowds, tomorrow’s Golden Globes ceremony is held on two US coasts, but will also cross to a number of international locations.
Producers for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association have confirmed Australia will sit alongside Ireland, Canada, the UK, Turkey, France, the Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands and the Dominican Republic in live crosses.
All presenters (save for those who are also nominees) will be live on stage in either the East or West coasts in the USA. There will be more than 100 feeds around the world.
There’s also a plan to replicate stars normally rubbing shoulders in the Beverly Hilton ballroom.
“What we’re doing is we’re going to get candid shots of the people at home and as they’re getting ready for their category,” Globes EP Barry Adelman has told Deadline. “And we found a way, without giving away too much, where they can kind of talk to each other if they’re in the same category and communicate with each other.
“So, it gives them a sense of camaraderie and it gives the audience a chance to see these wonderful actors and actresses communicating with each other like they would’ve done in the ballroom.”
Nominated Aussies include Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett (both for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television) while Sacha Baron Cohen, nominated for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm has also been in Oz.
Margot Robbie will present in the USA.
Don’t be surprised if organisers of major Aussie awards, such as the Logies, are also looking to see how things are being handled in 2021.
Meanwhile, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. doesn’t currently have any Black journalists among its 87-person membership. In fact, the organisation hadn’t had a Black member since at least 2002, when former HFPA president and board chair Meher Tatna joined.
Variety reports on Thursday, the HFPA released a statement saying, “We are fully committed to ensuring our membership is reflective of the communities around the world who love film, tv and the artists inspiring and educating them. We understand that we need to bring in Black members, as well as members from other underrepresented backgrounds, and we will immediately work to implement an action plan to achieve these goals as soon as possible.”