In response to criticism that the HFPA did not have a single Black member, and NBC backing out, the organization opted for a private ceremony without celebrity presenters, or winners present.
Despite no one being able to tune in on NBC or even streaming on its own website, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association still held its annual ceremony and handed out awards for the best in film and television.
Normally one of the marquee awards shows of the year, the 79th Golden Globe Awards went ahead as a private event, though without celebrities as either presenters or on hand to receive their awards. Instead, the HFPA looked to its non-profit grant recipients to present the awards, and speak about their organizations.
Without a broadcast partner or streaming option, the organization instead opted to effectively live tweet the ceremony, revealing the winners in each category as they were announced throughout the evening on Sunday on their Twitter feed. The media was not invited to the ceremony.
In response to the backlash upon finding out the HFPA had zero Black members, the group added 21 new members to increase overall diversity. NBC made the decision to not broadcast the event this year with hope that the HFPA will do the work necessary to diversify and grow so they can work together again in 2023.
It was a big night for HBO's "Succession," with both Jeremy Strong and Sarah Snook scoring acting honors for HBO's drama, ahead of its own win for best drama.
Meanwhile, Mj Rodriguez made Globes history by becoming the first openly trans performer to get nominated for and win best actress for her work on "Pose."
On the comedy side, Jason Sudeikis took home the lead acting award for "Ted Lasso," while Jean Smart took lead actress ahead of "Hacks" taking best series, musical or comedy.
O Yeong-su represented for Netflix's breakthrough Korean-language hit, "Squid Game," taking home the trophy for his work in a supporting role, while Kate Winslet, as expected, scored for her work in "Mare of Easttown."
Nearly 30 years after picking up his first nomination for "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," Will Smith finally scored his first-ever Golden Globe for his work on "King Richard." It was his sixth career nomination across television and film.
Meanwhile, Jane Campion made it back-to-back wins for female directors for "The Power of the Dog," and is still only the third to ever win after Chloé Zhao and Barbra Streisand. Campion later doubled the honor by also picking up the best dramatic picture trophy.
Andrew Garfield and Rachel Zegler proved the musical alive and well, with both scoring big for their work in "Tick, Tick … Boom!" and "West Side Story," respectively. "West Side Story" took it a step further by also taking home best picture, musical or comedy.
In a surprise, and despite a critical drubbing for the film, Nicole Kidman manage to score for her portrayal of Lucille Ball in "Being the Ricardos." Billie Eilish and her brother FINNEAS nabbed their first Golden Globes for the James Bond theme song, "No Time to Die."