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The major awards saw Tina Fey and Amy Poehler serving as hosts, with Fey hosting live in New York and Poehler in Beverly Hills, California.

Actors Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo were among the presenters at the upcoming Golden Globes ceremony.

The show, organised by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, reunited several nominees and winners from the last awards season, namely Joaquin Phoenix, Cynthia Erivo, Renée Zellweger, and Awkwafina.

Wiig and Mumolo’s latest film, Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, was released last week and some are already calling the campy film a cult classic, and comes 10 years after the pair’s hit Bridesmaids.

Jane Fonda received the Cecil B DeMille Award, an accolade for film, having previously won Golden Globes for her acting in Klute, Julia, and Coming Home.

Writer, director, and producer Norman Lear, a six-time Golden Globe winner, was honoured with the Carol Burnett Award, a counterpart to the DeMille Award that focuses on life achievement in television. 

Netflix dominated the nominations earlier this month, with its film Mank and television series The Crown leading the nominees.

In reaction to sharp criticism for lacking diverse members, the organisation hosting the Golden Globes says it is developing a plan to recruit Black members

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) said in statement that an “action plan” is under development to admit Black members. The group currently has 87 members who are journalists, but none are Black.

Former HFPA president Meher Tatna told Variety in an interview that the organisation has not had a Black member in nearly two decades. The Mumbai-born board chair said she could not recall when there had been a Black member, but she says the organisation will keep trying.

A range of voices, including Time’s Up and presenter Sterling K Brown, have criticised the HFPA’s lack of inclusion and diversity. The criticism comes just days before the Globes air live on Sunday.

An HFPA spokesperson said it welcomes the opportunity to meet with groups such as Time’s Up, and prospective Black members who are interested in joining the organisation.

“For any governing body of a current Hollywood award show to have such a lack of voting representation illustrates a level of irresponsibility that should not be ignored,” he said.

Brown said the HFPA must do better. He said the organisation has a responsibility to show its “constituency is fully reflective of the world in which we live”.

“Having a multitude of Black presenters does not absolve you of your lack of diversity,” he continued, “This is your moment to do the right thing. It is my hope that you will.”

The HFPA said it welcomes journalists from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds based in Southern California that cover entertainment for foreign media. The organisation says membership is majority female and more than 35% of its members are from non-European countries across the world.

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