• 81st Golden Globe Awards

Golden Globes Changes Add Up to Success

In some ways, the Golden Globes ceremony on January 7 will look the same: surprises, glamour and fun in the Beverly Hilton International Ballroom. But in fact, there have been huge changes, which will continue as the Golden Globes evolves in the 21st century.


Some of the biggest differences between the upcoming show and past years will be obvious to viewers tuning into CBS or Paramount+ while others where behind the scenes but no less impactful in delivering a reimagined show that has already received rave reviews for an impressive slate of nominations.


The change in voters was apparent in the nominations unveiled on December 11. An expanded and richly diverse voting body delivered racial diversity, with a POC in each film acting category; two women, Greta Gerwig and Celine Song, are nominated as director and a woman was cited in three of the six screenplay contenders. Four of the six nominated Best Picture films were also directed or co-directed by an Asian marking a significant step forward for AIPAC creators. There were also 13 nominations for non-English-language films outside that category demonstrating how an expanding voting body outside of Southern California paid off.


The awards also grew with 25 of the competitive categories expanding from five nominees to six, but with that increase comes a reduction for this year with no presentation of the Cecil B. DeMille and Carol Burnett Awards. This is not a permanent change, with future awards slated to be given.


Two new categories were also added. Cinematic and Box Office Excellence looked at films that earned the most viewers (in theater box office or streaming) serving up the year’s biggest films including a rerun of the Barbenheimer phenomenon; voters will decide a winner based on creativity, originality and artistry. This is the only category with eight nominees.


The other category making its Globes debut will be the best performance by a stand-up comic on television saluting comics for their audience-popular but often overlooked work. This category features a who’s who in comedy and welcomes back a former Globes host as a nominee.


Outside of the categories and voters, there is a new sensibility to the show. The red carpet will have a new look, and for the first time, the meal guests will enjoy will be catered by acclaimed Chef Nobu Matsuhisa of Nobu Restaurants and his landmark Matsuhisa of Beverly Hills, a longtime industry favorite.


The iconic trophy has also been given a slight redesign with the words “Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.” being replaced near the base by “Golden Globes,” but the former HFPA’s philanthropic mission lives on in the newly formed Golden Globes Foundation devoted to grant making for various organizations including arts, education, journalism, film restoration and humanitarian programs benefitting underserved communities.


Lastly, with the expansion of the voting body and growth in the number of nominees, a smaller number of voters will be able to experience the ballroom in person with those serving on various boards being given the opportunity, while other voters will be able to participate in the show viewing party at the Hilton. The Globes will continue to provide access to the red carpet and media interview areas to its voters who also work as professional entertainment journalists.


The three-hour ceremony will air live on CBS, streamed on Paramount+ and be available on the CBS app, starting at 5 p.m. PT (8-11 p.m. ET). Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner are the exec-producing show runners; Weiss will also direct.