The Golden Globes are on track for a celebrity-filled comeback, as the list of nominees set to attend the ceremony on January 10 grows by the day.
After facing a nearly two-year boycott following criticism from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association about its lack of diversity in membership and accusations of unethical business practices, the Globes seeks to re-establish itself as one of Hollywood’s premier awards shows.
As of Thursday morning, I can exclusively reveal that film nominees for the 80th Globes are expected to include Austin Butler (“Elvis”); “The Fablemans” team of Steven Spielberg, Michelle Williams and Tony Kushner; Ana de Armas (“Blonde”), Jamie Lee Curtis (“Everything Everything All at One”), and possibly, Daniel Craig (“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery”).
No word yet if “Babylon” stars Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie and Julia Roberts (“Gaslit”) plan to be at the event.
Sources say Brendan Gleeson (“The Banshees of Inisharine”) is still waiting to hear if he can take time off from shooting the “Joker” sequel, “Joker: Folie à Deux.” The team behind the animated film nominee “Turning Red,” including director Domi Shi, is expected to appear, as is “The Decision to Leave” director Park Chan-wook, whose film is up for best non-English language film.
Other directors hitting the red carpet will be Rian Johnson (“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery”), James Cameron (“Avatar: The Way of Water”) and Guillermo del Toro (“Pinocchio”).
Baz Luhrmann will likely attend an “Elvis” party hosted by Warners and New Line film bosses Pam Abdi and Michael De Luca at The Formosa on Jan. 8 with Butler.
On the TV front, confirmed participants include Kevin Costner (“Yellowstone”), Sheryl Lee Ralph (“Abbott Elementary”), double nominee Julia Garner (“Ozark” and “Inventing Anna”), Nessie Nash (“Dahmer – Monsters: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story”), Elizabeth Debicki (“The Crown”), Hannah Einbinder (“Hacks”), Jenna Ortega (“Wednesday”), Kaley Cuoco (“The Flight Attendant”), Jessica Chastain (“George & Tammy”) and Jeremy Allen White (“The Bear”). Andrew Garfield (“Beneath the Banner of Heaven”) is likely coming, as are “All Quiet on the Western Front” stars Felix Kammerer and Daniel Brühl.
“Only Murders in the Building” trio Selena Gomez, Steve Martin and Martin Short probably did, as they recently began filming Season 3 of the Hulu comedy in New York City. The same goes for Quinta Brunson, who is currently filming “Abbott Elementary.”
As the HFPA has come under fire, the organization has added several journalists of color to its ranks and pledged to adopt new and improved operations.
“We want to make the Globe a success,” a publicist said Tuesday. “I think you’re going to see a strong presence at the show this year.”
“The Whale” star Brendan Fraser is the only nominee to publicly say he won’t join the HFPA because of his past experiences. In an interview with GQ magazine, before the nominations were announced, Fraser announced that she was boycotting the Globes over allegations that Philip Burke, former president and member of the HFPA, groped her at a 2003 luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel. After Burke denied the allegations, the HFPA said no action would be taken because they believed Burke’s actions were a joke and not a sexual advance.
“No, I won’t participate… it’s because of my history with them,” Fraser told GQ. “And my mother didn’t raise a hypocrite. You can tell me many things, but not that.”
While mega box office hit “Top Gun: Maverick” is up for Best Picture, Tom Cruise is unlikely to attend the festival after the actor returned all three of his Globes to the HFPA amid controversy.
There will be other no-shows, but not because of issues surrounding the HFPA. Hugh Jackman (“The Son”) will be in New York, where he is starring on Broadway in “The Music Man.” John Lithgow (“The Old Man”) is shooting in Europe, and Diego Luna (“Andor”) is likely to sit it out as he continues to produce for Season 2 of the “Star Wars” series.
The three-hour telecast, broadcast live from the Beverly Hilton on NBC and Peacock, will be hosted by Emmy winner Jerrod Carmichael. The evening will honor Ryan Murphy, who will receive his fourth Carol Burnett Award, and Eddie Murphy, who will receive the Cecil B. Being honored with the DeMille Award.
Dick Clark Productions and Jesse Collins Entertainment will produce in association with HFPA, with Collins and Dion Harmon as executive producers.
The HFPA has not yet announced presenters for the event.