While many questions surround the 2023 Golden Globes ceremony, the telecast will air on January 10 on NBC/Peacock.
The nominations are a solid mix of big-budget entertainment, and the smaller, writer-driven projects that dominate cinema, celebrating an eclectic list of content on television. Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. All guests and presenters will appear in person instead of virtual presence or satellite arrangements Emmy-winning comedian Jerrod Carmichael will host the show, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary at the Beverly Hilton event. Eddie Murphy, a previous Globe winner and six-time nominee, won the Cecil B. DeMille will receive the award, while Ryan Murphy will be presented with the Carol Barnett Award.
The primary focus of the HFPA, especially in light of last year’s television blackout and shunned by the artistic community, is reminding the world what makes the event special. Long seen as a precursor to the Academy Awards, and a consistent draw in TV ratings, the Globes have restructured their internal ranks over the past year, responding to criticism, but their emphasis remains the same: to have a great time.
“This is the only awards show that combines the best of film and television to provide audiences with a fun and lively night filled with unexpected surprises and memorable moments,” said HFPA President Helen Hoehn. “The informal atmosphere of the Globes and the celebrity encounters and unscripted moments make the night special. It’s a party, and that playful aspect not only sets it apart from other awards broadcasts, but also sets the tone for what audiences expect from the Golden Globes.”
There’s always a need for creative reinvention when it comes to an awards program, and while specifics are limited, Hoehn promises there will be some new elements this year.
“We have a lot of special surprises planned, but we can’t share any details yet,” she says “We are excited about the new and impactful approach [showrunner and EP] Jesse Collins is there for the Globes. Both he and [co-EP] Dion Harmon is an incredibly talented creative and we are so excited that they are directing this year’s show. The Globes must energize the entertainment community in a way that only it can. We can’t wait to see them execute their plans in a way that will be a joy to watch and watch from home.”
The star of the critically acclaimed sitcom “The Carmichael Show” on NBC from 2015 to 2017 hosted an Emmy-nominated appearance on “Saturday Night Live” in April. And in September, he won an Emmy for writing a comedy special for his critically acclaimed HBO Max program, “Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel.”
“Jerrod has a fresh perspective and a thought-provoking comedic style that makes him a perfect fit for our return to the air and to celebrate this landmark anniversary. He’s such a strong, influential voice in comedy, and we know he’ll keep us laughing all night long,” said Hohen.
This year’s nominees certainly reflect a new sense of voting, and when it comes to seeing both veteran and rising stars at the event, it should be a return to form for the HFPA.
“It’s great to see so many new faces nominated. We have over 40 first-time nominees and we couldn’t be more excited to shine a light on their extraordinary talents. There are many performers, films and shows that we look forward to celebrating, and in general, the organization continues to learn, grow and evolve with more transparent and implemented changes. Our ethical standards and diversity practices are strongly upheld, and this has made us a stronger organization,” said Hoehn.
Diversity and inclusion efforts are at the forefront of HFPA’s mission to be more representative of the current sociopolitical landscape. For the first time, the largest voting body is led by a majority of women and is being voted in by voters who self-identify as ethnically diverse and LGBT+. It will also be representative of 62 countries, including 103 electorates outside the United States, and will include efforts from African countries such as Nigeria and Ghana.
“The awards reflect the diversity of these countries and the exceptional journalism of the voters,” Hoehn said
Much has evolved with filmed entertainment, especially as the streaming wars have intensified and the Covid pandemic has changed consumption patterns. As a result, this year, HFPA has adopted new strategies to strengthen its mission, as well as celebrate its own important milestones.
“Our 80th anniversary awards show is an opportunity for us to return to NBC and showcase our unique relationship with our audience and the world. This is an important moment for the talented creatives nominated in each field to be recognized for their achievements while also giving credit to the countless studios, networks and streamers who support our nominees,” said Hohen. “The media landscape continues to change, and our only goal is to deliver a unique, incredibly entertaining show. We want to continue to grow and honor our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.”
A highlight of the evening will be the two Murphys (Eddie and Ryan) on hand to accept their respective awards. Eddie Murphy has been one of cinema’s most beloved comedians for generations, while Ryan Murphy’s rise to the top of the television landscape has been stunning to witness. “We are thrilled to celebrate the lasting impact on film and television that Eddie Murphy’s career – in front of and behind the camera – has had for decades. And Ryan Murphy continues to inspire audiences not only with his work on some of the most thrilling and exciting series of the century, but off-screen as well.”
Reminding viewers of just how much entertainment value the Golden Globes have provided throughout the year is a point not lost on event organizers, who are certainly looking to bring back the old-school sense of “anything can happen” from years past, while still reflecting current expectations. “We’ve had so many amazing moments over the years, from hosts to winners and speeches to fashion. Every year, the Globes produce those water-cooler moments, in 2018 Cecil B. From her inspirational speech to winning a DeMille Award while standing in for Oprah Winfrey, Michaela Jaye Rodriguez has become the first trans actress to win a Golden Globe in 2020. Meryl Streep’s emotional acceptance speech on the importance of press freedom was a huge highlight in 2017, and Barbra Streisand became the first woman to win Best Director in 1984, decades ahead of other major awards bodies, a big moment for the HFPA. And let’s not forget the love stories born from the Golden Globes. Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart met at an after party, and Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry met at the first Globes,” says Hohen.
What: 80th Golden Globe Awards
When: 8 pm ET/ 5 pm PT on January 10
Where: Beverly Hilton Hotel