This year’s Golden Globe Awards will be an online-only affair as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to affect events worldwide
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The Golden Globes are still set to go ahead on Sunday but without an audience, red carpet or celeb presenters for the first time in 14 years.
The event is usually full to the brim of famous faces but is an online-only event this year as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to sweep the globe.
Following the cancellation of this year’s Grammy Awards and a series of strained ceremonies in recent years, it was unsure whether the event would be cancelled, but organisers have confirmed an online version will still take place.
Many celebs had boycotted the event – last year Tom Cruise returned three awards – and Sunday’s ceremony will see no stars take to the red carpet or sit in the audience.
There will however be a small selection of guests at the Beverly Hilton Hotel but they are under strict orders to wear masks and remain socially distant at all times.
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Any attendees must also prove they have been vaccinated, have had a booster jab and can provide a negative PCR test.
While organisers of the event, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, states the global pandemic is the reason behind the low-key celebration, the event has seen its appeal wain in recent years.
Viewing figures for last year’s ceremony dropped significantly from 18 million to just 6.9 million in what was the smallest audience since American giant NBC began broadcasting it in 1996.
The show was dropped by the company last year after it emerged that there wasn’t a single member of the HFPA who was black.
In 2020, host Ricky Gervais took aim at the hypocrisy of the rich and famous and branded the HFPA “very, very racist”.
Piers Morgan called the comedian’s comments a “glorious kick in the globes to Hollywood’s woke, virtue-signalling hypocrites”.
On Wednesday it was announced that the 64th Annual Grammy Awards Show, which was due to take place later this month, has been postponed.
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The Recording Academy and CBS said in a joint statement, that the decision to press ahead with the ceremony “simply contains too many risks”.
The statement read: “After careful consideration and analysis with city and state officials, health and safety experts, the artist community and our many partners, the Recording Academy and CBS have postponed the 64th Annual Grammy Awards Show.”
It continued: “The health and safety of those in our music community, the live audience, and the hundreds of people who work tirelessly to produce our show remains our top priority.
“Given the uncertainty surrounding the Omicron variant, holding the show on January 31 simply contains too many risks.”
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