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Controversial 79th Golden Globe Awards abounds in Netflix nominees

Much to the chagrin of Hollywood, the Golden Globe Awards are back with a bang and have plenty of Netflix nominees. 

On Monday, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the list of nominees that celebrate the best works in film and television throughout the year. 

The Golden Globe Awards are no longer in Hollywood’s golden books with their reputation tarnished by accusations of not having diverse membership and showing blatant favouritism to films and shows when the journalist voting body is pampered with lavish trips and other favours by these affluent studios. 

The 79th edition of the Golden Globes is scheduled for January 9th, 2022. The HFPA has announced a wide variety of nominations in 25 categories that honour filmmakers, screenwriters, actors and more. 

Despite having received the most number of nominations in various categories, including best dramatic series for Squid Game and Lupin and best dramatic film for The Power of the Dog, Netflix has reportedly refused to participate in the event until the HFPA actively partakes in a reformation of itself as an institution. 

Both Lee Jung-jae from Squid Game and Omar Sy from Lupin received nominations for Best Performance by an Actor in Television Series (Drama) while Ewan Mcgregor has received a nomination for his performance in a miniseries for Netflix’s Halston. Margaret Qualley, too, has been nominated for her brilliant performance in the latest Netflix miniseries Maid; the show itself has been nominated for the Best Television Limited Series Award.

Many other Hollywood studios refused to submit nominations that led to the institute choosing their own nominees. The host has not yet been announced and the 2022 ceremony will be far less subdued and quiet. 

The accusations against HFPA are pretty intense due to their flawed representation where there is not a single black member among 87 of its candidates.

The HFPA tried to appease critics by including 21 new members of whom half are women and nearly one-third identify themselves as Black. They also tried to introduce restrictions regarding accepting free travels, gifts and other favours, but the damage has already been done.