2023 Golden Globes: a recap


The cast of Abbott Elementary wins the “Musical or Comedy TV Series” award. Photo by Us Weekly.

Kaia Lopez and Kate Oller

The Golden Globes award ceremony finally returned to normal. Due to Covid, the event was held (messily) via Zoom in 2021; controversy prevented the award show from being broadcasted to the public in 2022; but 2023 is the year the Globes finally returned to tradition. 


Returning in-person


This year’s Golden Globes took place in person for the first time since 2020 prior to the Covid pandemic.


In 2021, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted the event over Zoom. Nominees and their families watched the ceremony from their homes.


While the 2022 ceremony was held in-person, it was unable to be broadcasted due to controversy relating to a non-diverse board of voters. The public was outraged over the lack of diversity, and publicists boycotted the event.


Golden Globes Diversity 


This year, the Globes were back to being broadcasted on live television throughout the world. Jerrod Carmichael hosted the event, making Globes history as the first black and openly gay host.


Before 2023, there were no black members on the voting board of the Globes. This also is the first year the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) didn’t have all white board members.


“It was clear we had to find new opportunities to bring in additional voters to ensure the continued diversification and growth in the voting body,” HFPA President Helen Hoehne said in a statement. 


103 new members were added to the voting board from other regions, including Latin America, Asia and Africa. 


Moments to Note


When actress Michelle Yeoh won “Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy Motion Picture,” she called out the racism she faced from Hollywood


“I remember when I first came to Hollywood, it was a dream come true, until I got here, because I was told, ‘you’re a minority,’” Yeoh said. “And then someone said to me, ‘you speak English?’”


On a more positive note, actor Eddie Murphy won the “Cecil B. DeMille” award. Prior to his speech, the Globes displayed a montage of movies and shows he participated in. Afterward, he ended with a speech and received the loudest applause of the night.


This year’s Golden Globes event was very eventful and monumental, setting the expectation high for 2024.