Jerrod Carmichael opens the 2023 Golden Globes by addressing past controversies

Golden Globes host Jerrod Carmichael opened the 80th annual ceremony by addressing the awards show’s earlier diversity controversy.

“I’ll tell you why I’m here, I’m here because I’m black,” the US comedian told the audience as he opened the show in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

Last year’s show was turned into a “private event” at the last minute by organizers, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), after it was heavily criticized for its lack of black members.

“I’m going to tell you what’s going on,” Carmichael told viewers at the start of the show.

“That show, the Golden Globe Awards, didn’t air last year because the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which I won’t say was a racist organization but didn’t have a single black member until the death of George Floyd, so has this information to do with what you want.

“One minute I’m making mint tea at home, the next you’re invited to be the black face of an embattled white organization. Life comes at you really fast.”

He added: “I took this job assuming they hadn’t changed at all.

“(But) regardless of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s past, this is a night to celebrate.

“And I think this industry deserves evenings like this. And I’m glad to be here.”

Following the fallout, the HFPA subsequently vowed to revise its constitution and make changes related to ethics and inclusion.

Tuesday’s milestone event took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles and saw the return of several famous faces.

The evening’s first awards for Best Supporting Actor and Best Actresses in a Drama Film went to Ke Huy Quan and Angela Basset, respectively.

Several big British names, including Dame Emma Thompson, Olivia Colman, Bill Nighy and Daniel Craig, are also up for top honors.

Colman is among the nominees for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture: Drama for her performance in Empire Of Light, and is joined in the category by Cate Blanchett, as well as Viola Davis, Ana De Armas and Michelle Williams.

In the parallel category of Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture: Drama, Nighy is joined by Hugh Jackman, Austin Butler, Jeremy Pope and Brendan Fraser.

Fraser, who is nominated for his performance in “The Whale,” previously said he would not attend the Golden Globes if he was nominated following an alleged incident in 2003.

In 2018, the actor said he was groped by longtime HFPA member Philip Berk, a former president of the organization.

Elsewhere, blockbuster films Avatar: The Way Of Water and Top Gun: Maverick top the category for Best Motion Picture: Drama, alongside Elvis, The Fabelmans and Tar.

Titles nominated for Best Motion Picture: Musical or Comedy include The Banshees Of Inisherin, Everything Everywhere All At Once, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery and Triangle Of Sadness.

No female directors were nominated in the Best Director category, with industry heavyweights James Cameron, Martin McDonagh and Steven Spielberg receiving recognition, as well as Tony Kushner, Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert and Baz Luhrmann.

Naatu Naatu from the movie RRR defeated pop music heavyweights Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Rihanna to take home the Golden Globe for Best Original Song.

Indian film composer MM Keeravani accepted the award and thanked the film’s director, SS Rajamouli, for supporting his work.

A number of celebrities took on presenting duties throughout the evening including Letitia Wright, Jennifer Hudson, Salma Hayek, Hilary Swank and Ana De Armas.

Last year, the awards were announced via regular updates from the Golden Globes website and official social media accounts after US network NBC refused to air the show. Jerrod Carmichael opens the 2023 Golden Globes by addressing past controversies

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