The Golden Globes have changed for the better, but is it enough?


Mary Kimbrough, Staff

Every year, people around the world tune in to the Golden Globes to watch their favorite stars walk the red carpet, win well-deserved awards, and give their long-awaited acceptance speeches. However, in 2022, the Golden Globes did not premiere on air after an investigation into the Hollywood Foreign Press Association which led to the shocking discovery that not a single member of the panel was black. This discovery was leaked to the public and created a great amount of controversy. This year, many celebrities such as Brenden Fraser and Tom Cruise chose to boycott the 2023 Golden Globes and not attend out of disgust with the recent controversy.

 This year, the show made efforts to increase the diversity of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and others who make the show possible. Therefore, Emmy-winning comedian, Jerrod Carmicheal, was hired to host the 80th Golden Globes, making him the first black host in the show’s long history. Carmicheal commented on the controversy in his opening monologue in a joking manner to remind the audience that the incident is not forgotten, but the efforts to make effective change are recognized and appreciated. 

The nominees for awards offered by the show were also much more diverse than in the past. Including Asain American nominee and Golden Globe winner, Michelle Yeoh, winning the award for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical Motion Picture for her role in Everything Everywhere All At Once (2023). However, black 2023 globe nominations decreased from 16 in 2022 to 13 in 2023 despite the other efforts made to diversify the show. The film Till starring the unanimously praised Danielle Deadwyler was not nominated for any categories in this year’s Golden Globes. This came as a shock to viewers due to the profound historical impact the story of Emmet Till had on America and how widely appreciated the film was for bringing light to Emmet Till’s and his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley’s story. 

While the Golden Globes and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association made many noticeable efforts to diversify themselves overall, there are still many areas where change needs to be made. The lack of Black Globe nominations is the main example of this and serves as a reminder that in order for long term change to happen, the root of the problem must be addressed, the historical oppression of non-white members of the film industry.