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Are the Golden Globes officially cancelled in 2024? Here are the nominations

Remember when the Golden Globes were a must-watch? After a rocky phase, it seems they’re back, flexing their glamour muscles once more. 

The 81st Golden Globes nominations, announced with much fanfare, have brought a wave of excitement, and a few raised eyebrows too. The comeback story is as dramatic as the movies it honors, with a rollercoaster past year marked by scandals and a major revamp. So what can we expect for 2024? Let’s dive into the 2024 nominations and see how they stack up from last year.

A Bold New Chapter

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), once embroiled in controversy, has turned a new leaf. With NBC dropping the 2022 show amidst scandals, the once-snubbed ceremony is making a surprising return. The HFPA’s commitment to diversification, following criticism for its lack of Black members, is evident. 

The 2023 ceremony, helmed by Jerrod Carmichael, showed signs of this transformation, though notable absences like Brendan Fraser, who accused former HFPA head Philip Berk of misconduct, underscored ongoing tensions. Berk has denied these accusations.

The HFPA’s recent dissolution and the subsequent acquisition by Eldridge Industries and Dick Clark Productions mark a significant shift. The voting body, once a small group of 85, has expanded to about 300 members, signaling a fresh start. But does this mean a shake-up in the nominations?

This year’s Golden Globe nominations offered a blend of expected choices and a few quirky surprises, staying true to the event’s legacy. Let’s delve into some of the most notable aspects of this year’s lineup.

Female Directors Shine

Last year’s snub of female directors at the Golden Globes raised many eyebrows. But this year paints a different picture. Greta Gerwig for Barbie and Celine Song for Past Lives have made their mark in the best-director category, while Justine Triet’s Anatomy of a Fall finds its place among the best dramas. This shift not only challenges the status quo but also celebrates the diverse talents in the industry.

Celine Song’s Past Lives, a nuanced drama about a Korean immigrant, has emerged as a dark horse. With nominations across major categories including drama, director, screenplay, and lead actress, this indie flick proves that compelling storytelling resonates, regardless of budget or scale.

 The film’s inclusion in the best foreign language film category, despite much of it being in English, is a curious but welcome anomaly in the Globes’ history.

Musicals Overlooked?

Despite the musical genre’s traditional pull at the Globes, this year sees a surprising oversight. Wonka and The Color Purple, both heavyweights in their own right, have been left out of the best comedy or musical category. This snub, especially of The Color Purple, raises questions about the selection criteria and the evolving tastes of the voting body.

The Globes’ new category for cinematic and box office achievement is a nod to the industry’s evolving landscape. Taylor Swift’s The Eras Tour film getting a nomination in this category is a testament to her enduring appeal and the Globes’ penchant for star power.

Anatomy of a Fall, the French courtroom drama, clinched multiple nominations despite France’s decision to submit another film for the international-film Oscar. This choice by the Globes highlights their unpredictable nature and willingness to go against the grain.

May December, a film that treads a fine line between humor and heartache, finds itself in the comedy category. This strategic move by Netflix seems to have paid off, with the film earning nominations for its cast and as a best comedy.

The Phenomenon Continues

Austin Butler’s portrayal of Elvis Presley has not only captivated audiences but also secured him the Globe for best actor in a drama. His acceptance speech was a heartfelt tribute to director Baz Luhrmann, highlighting the collaborative spirit of filmmaking.

The Globes aren’t without their controversies. Brendan Fraser’s boycott over past grievances with the HFPA and Tom Cruise’s conspicuous absence speak volumes about the ongoing challenges facing the organization.

Quinta Brunson’s win for Abbott Elementary and Jeremy Allen White’s success for The Bear reflect the Globes’ ability to spot and celebrate emerging talents in both comedy and drama.

As the Golden Globes navigate their comeback, the question remains: Are they truly back in vogue, or is this just a fleeting moment of regained glory? What do you think?

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