By Emma Dooney published
The Golden Globes' decision to keep its 2022 event a closed-door affair has stunned the entertainment world, shedding questions over the future of this year's upcoming award ceremonies.
The American film and TV prize-giving event was held at the Beverly Hills Hilton on Sunday night in an unprecedented fashion, with NBC refusing to air the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's annual show for the first time in years.
The network boycotted the HFPA in 2022 after it was widely criticized for having not one black member in its group of 87 international journalists. Many famous actors, including Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo, have also condemned the organization for its blatant lack of diversity.
With such a drop in support from Tinseltown's heavyweights, last night's Golden Globes was notably void of its usual A-list celebrities, red-carpet ensembles, and excited crowds—resulting in an evening that one reporter likened to an 'intimate tax attorneys’ convention.'
The anticlimactic event has now raised questions over the status of other showbiz awards shows in 2022, many of which have faced numerous obstacles both this year and last year due to COVID-19 restrictions.
This year's British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTAs) Film Awards are set to go ahead in London on March 13, 2022.
The glitzy event, which has taken place at the Royal Albert Hall since 2017, has long been regarded as Britain's most prestigious movie awards ceremony and is often hailed as the UK's answer to the Oscars. Last year, it was held in April after being delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While some of its presenters—including Edith Bowman and Dermot O'Leary—delivered their segments from the venue itself, most participated via video calling. Its nominees, many of whom were overseas, also attended virtually.
Luckily, the second half of the BAFTAs was a bit more normal than its film predecessor. Its TV awards, which were held at the Television Centre in West London, were attended by a number of small-screen stars in person and even featured a red carpet for those all-important VIP looks. The Academy chose to host the ceremony at the TV studio to allow for a socially-distanced audience and celebrity line-up, in the hope of creating a more authentic show.
This year's Primetime Emmys are also scheduled to go ahead, with September 2022 already confirmed as the date by its organizers.
It has yet to be revealed what exact day the iconic American TV awards will fall on, but if 2021's ceremony is anything to go by, it's like to occur in the last couple weeks of the month.
It's also likely that the Emmys 2022 will embrace a pre-pandemic vibe—meaning virtual acceptance speeches will probably be kept at a minimum. Last year's event organizers made a conscious effort to keep things traditional but still safe, holding the show in an outdoor tent and requiring all attendees to be vaccinated.
This year's Grammys has sadly been postponed, due to concerns over rising cases of COVID-19. The legendary music awards, which were originally scheduled to take place in Los Angeles on January 31, has now been pushed back to an undisclosed date.
The Grammys' organizers also decided to delay last year's event, moving the star-studded ceremony from January to March. Like the Emmys, it also scaled down the production, with most of its segments taking place outside.
Emma is a news writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life. She covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health or lifestyle story. When she's not reporting on the British monarchy and A-list celebs, you can find her whipping up vegan treats and running the roads to cheesy '90s pop music...but not at the same time, obviously.
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