Kicking off the 2023 awards season, the Golden Globe Awards are officially returning to our screens. But after two years of controversy, celebrity boycotts, and a cancelled broadcast, the 80th annual Golden Globe Awards is set to shake things up.
Let’s give you the lowdown on what’s changed, who’s attending and how to catch all of the glitz and glamour from Australia.
How to watch the 2023 Golden Globes Awards from Australia
If you don’t have a Stan account then you’re going to want to sign up before Wednesday 11 January, 2023, because the Australian streaming platform is the only place to watch the awards in Australia.
The platform’s live broadcast will kick off with red carpet arrivals at 11am AEDT, followed by the three-hour awards ceremony from 12pm.
Comedian Jerrod Carmichael will host the 80th Annual Golden Globe awards, which will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. In addition to a successful standup career, Carmichael has also directed and starred in his own TV show and holds a Primetime Emmy Award for his work.
Who’s nominated this year?
The Golden Globes might be changing but you can still expect a star-studded list of nominees — including some big Australian names, with Cate Blanchett (Tár), Margot Robbie (Babylon), Hugh Jackman (The Son), Baz Lurhmann (Elvis) and Elizabeth Debicki (The Crown) all up for awards.
In the film category, The Banshees of Inisherin leads the way with a whopping eight nominations, while Babylon, which hasn’t been released in Australia yet, is up for five. Other nominated films include Elvis, Top Gun: Maverick, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, The Fabelmans, Tár and Avatar: Way of Water.
Criticism over the Golden Globes’ lack of diversity and alleged unethical business dealings have forced the award’s governing body (the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, or HFPA) to make some significant structural changes. A Los Angeles Times investigation over alleged financial mismanagement led to NBC cancelling last year’s broadcast, while celebrities like Tom Cruise and Brendan Fraser have publicly boycotted the awards.
But the broadcast is back — and there’s a few important changes to note.
Most importantly, the HFPA has reformed its membership and committed to a more diverse crew. This time round, HFPA members are 57 per cent female and around 35 per cent Asian, Black or Latinx. There’s also a new block of new international voters, who represent 62 different countries from around the world.
While these changes indicate significant progress for the awards and film industry, not everyone is won over. Brendan Fraser, who is nominated for Best Actor for his performance in The Whale, has declared that he won’t be attending after former HFPA president Phillip Berk allegedly groped him in 2003. (Berk was expelled in 2021 over a separate matter.) It’s also unlikely that Tom Cruise will be in attendance after handing back his three Golden Globe awards in 2021, despite Top Gun: Maverick being up for best picture.
Whether the Golden Globes can truly make a comeback after its years of controversy is still to be seen. At this time, the award’s broadcast deal with NBC is only for one year, with the future of the awards resting on 2023’s success. We’ll wait and see.