After diversity controversy, Golden Globes will return to NBC in January

Brian Truitt
USA TODAY

After a year of tumult and controversy fueled by diversity struggles, the Golden Globes are coming back to NBC.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Dick Clark Productions and NBC announced Tuesday that the 80th Golden Globe Awards will air on NBC and Peacock January 10 (8 EST/5 PST). The Tuesday airdate avoids a conflict with NBC's NFL coverage on Sundays in early January.

The move comes after the embattled HFPA imploded in May 2021 following backlash over the lack of racial diversity in its membership, sparking strong rebukes from A-list Hollywood stars and causing NBC to pull out of the 2022 Globes.

This year’s ceremony, the organizations said, will be broadcast in a one-year agreement. The deal is expected to be far less than the approximately $60 million the network previously paid annually to air the Globes, in a renegotiation of a contract that had previously been extended until 2026.

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“We have seen first-hand the dedication of the HFPA as it continues to modernize and act on its important mission,” said Adam Stotsky, president of Dick Clark Productions. “We’re excited to produce the show that kicks off award season and supports so many here in Los Angeles and impacts artists across the globe.”

After a Los Angeles Times investigation last year reported the 87-member HFPA had no Black members, studios, publicists and actors said they'd cease participating in the Globes (Most notably, Tom Cruise returned his three Globe awards.)

A subdued 2022 version of the awards show was held at its famed home, Los Angeles' Beverly Hilton hotel, but the event happened behind closed doors, without any famous faces or press invited. Response on social media was muted, though a handful of celebrities – including Nicole Kidman, who won best actress for "Being the Ricardos" – acknowledged their awards. 

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Since then, the organization revamped its membership and enacted reforms designed to curtail unethical behavior. The HFPA added new members, including six Black voting members, and recently added 103 international, nonmember voters. The HFPA on Tuesday said its voting body is now 52% female, 19.5% Latino, 12% Asian, 10% Black and 10% Middle Eastern.

Nominations for the 2023 Globes will be announced Dec. 12.

Contributing: Bryan Alexander; Associated Press