Golden Globes on centre stage Tuesday but will the comeback strong?

Will the Golden Globes manage to win the show again? It is the question for the Hollywood’s favorite party rocked by scandals as it will attempt to stage a comeback on Tuesday with several top names among the nominees.

Famous comedian Jerrod Carmichael will host the ceremony while Quentin Tarantino is among the night’s presenters.

It comes after a scandal and boycott plunged the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) into disarray and knocked the Golden Globes broadcast off television.

A Los Angeles Times investigation in early 2021 found that the group then had no black members, a revelation compounded by other allegations of ethical improprieties. Many stars and studios said they would boycott the show. Tom Cruise returned his three Globes.

With Hollywood spurning the Globes, NBC last year canceled the telecast that would have taken place in January. Instead, the Golden Globes were quietly held in a Beverly Hilton ballroom without any stars in attendance. Winners were announced on Twitter.

In 2018, Fraser said he was groped by Philip Berk, a longtime HFPA member and former president of the organization, at an event in 2003. The HFPA found that Berk “inappropriately touched” Fraser, but that it “was intended to be taken as a joke and not as a sexual advance.”

“It’s because of the history that I have with them,” Fraser told GQ last month, explaining why he wouldn’t attend. “And my mother didn’t raise a hypocrite. You can call me a lot of things, but not that.”

Over the last year and a half, the HFPA has revamped its membership and enacted reforms designed to curtail unethical behavior. The group added new members, including six Black voting members.

In bringing the Globes back on the air, NBC praised the HFPA for its ongoing reforms but also reworked its contract. The network will broadcast the 2023 show in a one-year deal. It also shifted the telecast to a Tuesday, instead of the Globes’ previous Sunday night perch.

Known for its boozy, celebrity-stuffed broadcast, the Globes have long ranked as one of the most-watched non-sporting live programmes of the year. But ratings, as they have for most award shows, have slid for the Globes in recent years. The 2021 show, held amid the pandemic, was watched by 6.9 million, down from 18 million the year prior.

A-listers expected in the ballroom at the Beverly Hilton include Spielberg, whose semi-autobiographical film is the favorite to win best drama, and Eddie Murphy, who will receive a career achievement award.

However, many top nominees have not yet confirmed their attendance and Deadline awards columnist Pete Hammond expects this year’s Globes to be “different” from the glitzy, hard-partying, champagne-soaked bashes seen before Covid and industry boycotts interrupted the merrymaking.

“They are going to be muted. There’s no after-parties to go to. There’s none of that. They’re not spending big bucks, the studios, on all of this,” Hammond told AFP.

“Those who walk the red carpet will be peppered with questions from journalists like, ‘Do you feel comfortable being here?’ and ‘Are you satisfied they’ve made all the changes?’ It’s not going to be exclusively ‘What are you wearing?'” he predicted.

Unlike the Oscars, the Golden Globes movie awards are split between “drama” and “comedy or musical” categories.

On the drama side, The Fabelmans is up against last year’s two biggest box office hits —— the blockbuster sequel Top Gun: Maverick starring Tom Cruise, and James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water.

Tar set in the cutthroat world of classical music, and the rock-and-roll biopic Elvis could also spring surprises.

Their respective stars —— Cate Blanchett, who plays a ruthless conductor, and Austin Butler, stepping into Presley’s blue suede shoes —— are frontrunners for drama acting prizes.

The Whale nominee Brendan Fraser, who alleges he was once sexually assaulted by a former HFPA president, has ruled out attending Tuesday’s gala.

Cruise, a producer on Top Gun: Maverick is also unlikely to attend after he returned his three Globes to the HFPA in 2021 in protest at its behaviour.

The Banshees of Inisherin holds the most overall nominations at this year’s Globes, with eight, and is a favorite to win best comedy as well as best comedy actor for Colin Farrell.

Irish actors Colin Farrell (L) and Brendan Gleeson (R) are both nominated for Golden Globes for their work in The Banshees of Inisherin.

The movie about a shattered friendship on a remote Irish island will contend with surreal, multiverse-hopping sci-fi film Everything Everywhere All At Once, which is seeking acting prizes for Michelle Yeoh, Jamie Lee Curtis and Ke Huy Quan.

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