The Golden Globes audience recovered this year with 9.4 million viewers, an encouraging result for a ceremony that had lost its shine, weakened in recent years by accusations of racism and corruption towards its jury.
The preliminary figures revealed on Monday by CBS represent a clear improvement, after the historical low of 6.3 million viewers in 2023.
Long considered a must-see springboard to the Oscars and Hollywood’s favorite night, the Golden Globes have suffered an existential crisis in recent years.
The ceremony was boycotted and deprived of television broadcast in 2022, due to the scandals surrounding the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA): the Los Angeles Times revealed in 2021 that it had no black members and that its members accepted lavish gifts from studios.
This organization, which created the Golden Globes, has now been dissolved and the awards have been purchased by private investors.
After extensive reforms and the inclusion of many voters from around the world, the new owners promised a new beginning.
Sunday’s ceremony, which largely celebrated the film oppenheimer with five awards but sulking Barbielast year’s other phenomenon seemed to show that Hollywood was ready to give up.
Many distinguished guests attended, including Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and Oprah Winfrey.
The only notable absentee, comedian Ricky Gervais, rejected the award for best stand-up show, awarded during an event that he himself presented on several occasions.
The Golden Globes managed to bounce back despite the fiasco of his successor, Jo Koy, who was tasked with the role of master of ceremonies at the last minute this year.
His jokes were considered heavy on the chest of Barbie or Bradley Cooper’s nasal prosthesis in Teacher – compared to a penis – largely fell flat, in a silent room.
The comedian’s opening speech was thus summarized as a “sequence of mortifying moments,” wrote the New York Times.
However, Globes viewership remains well below its pre-pandemic levels. In 2020, more than 18 million viewers watched the show.
The public at the big awards ceremonies has been at half-mast for several years, especially because young people spend more time on social networks or platforms. transmission than in front of the television.