It wasn’t the nationally-televised, star-studded announcement to which people have become accustomed, but, bright and early on Monday morning (Dec. 13), the Hollywood Foreign Press Association revealed a new set of Golden Globe nominations, just as it has done for the previous 78 years — this despite the fact that the Hollywood community that this group of journalists seeks to honor remains largely unsure if it wants to continue to the engage with the organization or its accolades.
The nominations were announced via livestream on the Golden Globes’ YouTube channel from the Beverly Hilton, HFPA president Helen Hoehne kicked off the announcement by discussing the reforms the organization has made over the past year.
“This has been a year of change and reflection for the HFPA,” Hoehne said. “For the past eight months we have worked tirelessly as an organization to be better. We changed our rules, bylaws, added a new code of conduct and restructured our governance. We also have 21 new members. The largest and most diverse in our 79-year-old history. Not only have they brought in a fresh perspective but ideas that will help us continue to evolve.”
And Snoop Dogg was on hand to help announce the nominations, reading the nominees in several categories.
Belfast and The Power of the Dog led the film nominations, with seven each, while Succession was the field leader for TV programs, with five nods. Other best picture nominees included Coda, Dune and King Richard, with Cyrano, Don’t Look Up, Licorice Pizza, Tick, Tick…Boom! and West Side Story vying for best picture — musical/comedy.
In her first starring role, Haim‘s Alana Haim also snagged nomination for best actress in a motion picture musical/comedy, where she will try to win for her movie debut against Marion Cotillard (Annette), Jennifer Lawrence (Don’t Look Up), Emma Stone (Cruella) and Rachel Zegler (West Side Story).
Lady Gaga leads the best actress category for drama for her role in House of Gucci, where she will face Jessica Chastain (The Eyes of Tammy Faye), Olivia Colman (The Lost Daughter), Nicole Kidman (Being the Ricardos) and Kristen Stewart (Spencer); the best actor in a drama category features Will Smith (King Richard), Mahershala Ali (Swan Song), Javier Bardem (Being the Ricardos), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Power of the Dog) and Denzel Washington (The Tragedy of Macbeth).
In The Heights star Anthony Ramos will go up against Haim’s co-star, fellow first-timer Cooper Hoffman, as well as Leonardo DiCaprio (Don’t Look Up), Peter Dinklage (Cyrano) and Andrew Garfield (Tick, Tick… BOOM!). Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood is in the mix for best core for a motion picture for his work on The Power of the Dog, where he’ll be up against Alexandre Desplat (The French Dispatch), Germaine Franco (Encanto), Alberto Iglesias (Parallel Mothers) and Hans Zimmer (Dune).
The best song in a motion picture will pit songs from King Richard (“Be Alive”) and Encanto (“Dos Oruguitas”) against track from Belfast (“Down to Joy”), the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect (“Here I Am [Singing My Way Home]”) and Billie Eilish and Finneas’ “No Time to Die” from the latest James Bond movie.
Golden Globe nominations and wins have long been regarded as a valuable way of promoting content — film and TV — for both commercial purposes and for recognition at the Oscars and Emmys, mainly because of the exposure afforded to nominees by appearing at an awards ceremony broadcast nationwide by NBC. However, the ceremony at which this new set of nominees will be celebrated will not be televised.
In the wake of a Feb. 21 Los Angeles Times exposé calling into question the HFPA’s ethics, financial practices and lack of diversity (the organization had zero Black members at the time), numerous major filmmakers, studios and networks vowed not to work with the organization unless and until it implemented substantial changes. NBC followed their lead by resolving not to air the Globes in early 2022, stating, “Change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right.”
But the HFPA has decided not to sit out the season, arguing that it can both reform itself and maintain its decades-long streak of celebrating Hollywood. The organization, working with outside advisors and crisis counselors, certainly has made major strides towards addressing the industry’s concerns about it — among other things, passing sweeping new bylaws banning the acceptance of gifts or complimentary travel and opening up membership to a geographically wider and more diverse group of journalists. (The HFPA added 21 new members in October, six of them Black.)
As a result, some studios and networks have quietly resumed interactions with HFPA members on an individual basis or, in some cases, collectively. But others remain wary of a group that has not purged itself of existing members who are not truly active journalists, and which still expects to be catered to in a way that most other groups of journalists are not, with private press conferences and the like. Indeed, for the first time, the HFPA waived its longtime requirement that films and TV shows be submitted for consideration for Globes (as opposed to being automatically eligible), since many studios and networks would not have submitted projects.
The leadership of the Critics Choice Association, the organization behind the Critics Choice Awards (of which I am a member), has sought to capitalize on a weakened HFPA by, among other things, creating a branch of international journalists of its own. The HFPA has countered by blocking the CCA from utilizing the Globes’ longtime venue, the Beverly Hilton’s International Ballroom, for the Critics Choice Awards, and even by announcing its nominations three hours ahead of the announcement of the Critics Choice Awards’ film nominations.
The future of both organizations and award shows remains a big question mark, but one thing is certain: the winners of Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards will both be announced on Jan. 9 — the latter on both The CW and TBS, the former in some non-televised format yet to be announced.
This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.