The Hollywood Foreign Press Association said Tuesday that the 2022 Golden Globes would occur, although with only a fraction of the regular guests.
The association’s in-person ceremony will be changed due to the COVID-19 Omicron variant spike. The press and celebrities are no longer permitted to attend the 79th annual awards ceremony, which will be held without an audience. The news comes just days before the show’s scheduled premiere date of January 9, 2022.
Only “chosen members and grantees” will be permitted to attend this year’s Globes, and they will be subject to several additional requirements, including confirmation of vaccination, a booster injection, and a negative PCR test performed within 48 hours of the event.
The group also stated that “there will be no red carpet.” According to a news release, all visitors must be veiled and socially distant “at all times while within the ballroom.”
There is no mention of a webcast or other virtual means to listen in the release.
Celebrity presenters will also be absent from Sunday’s ceremony. However, their absence is unrelated to COVID: According to Variety, no celebs have consented to participate in the Globes, owing to the HFPA’s current diversity problem. NBC canceled its annual telecast of the awards after the HFPA was chastised for charges of corruption and the absence of black members.
According to the statement, “the HFPA has revamped its rules, enacting broad revisions from top to bottom covering ethics and code of conduct, diversity, equality and inclusion, governance, membership, and more.” The HFPA welcomed its biggest and most diverse class to date in October, with 21 new journalists, all of whom were first-time Golden Globe voters.”
According to the announcement, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Hollywood Bureau senior vice president Kyle Bowser will highlight the “Reimagine Coalition,” a five-year diversity drive, during this weekend’s program. The initiative collaborates between the HFPA and the NAACP to fund and encourage “projects from artists of varied racial and ethnic backgrounds.”