Feb 23, 2021
Golden Globes admits it has no black voters amid shocking snubs
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Could this explain some of this year’s egregious snubs?
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association — the group of people who nominate and select winners for the annual Golden Globes — has come under fire for lack of diversity after a report found zero black members in the organization.
The Los Angeles Times did a bombshell deep dive into the “insular, improbably powerful group” and the identities of its 87 members, who often keep “low profiles.” The revealing report found that although the group has some members of color — there are no black members.
The HFPA confirmed to the outlet that there are indeed no black members — but claimed it’s an issue they’re “committed to addressing.” However, the group did not elaborate on a plan of action.
When nominations were released in early February, there were notable snubs including Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods” and Shaka King’s “Judas and the Black Messiah” for the top big screen honors. Same goes for the entire cast of HBO’s “Lovecraft Country” on the small screen: It was nominated for best TV drama — but the entire cast was overlooked for acting nods.
Similar shocking omissions have led to mass outcries from the public, namely in 2015 when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which hands out Oscars, was criticized for lack of diversity. The #OscarsSoWhite social-media campaign forced the organization to make moves for more inclusivity, which it has since been working to address.Isiah Whitlock (far left), Norm Lewis, Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters and Jonathan Majors in Spike Lee’s acclaimed — and snubbed — “Da 5 Bloods.”Netflix
However, the HFPA pointed fingers at the group’s members for failing to nominate the critically acclaimed — and fan-adored — projects.
“We do not control the individual votes of our members,” HFPA said in a statement to the LA Times. “We seek to build cultural understanding through film and TV and recognize how the power of creative storytelling can educate people around the world to issues of race, representation and orientation.”see also
As for the identities of the elusive group, the folks involved are not publicly listed on the association’s website. A “longtime publicist” told the outlet that some are international journalists, but “a lot of them work with outlets I’ve never heard of.”
Still, the rep said: “We give them amazing access. We are forced to do that because of who they are.”
Still, some are well-known, including Lisa Lu, who played the grandmother in 2018’s “Crazy Rich Asians.” Other members include former beauty queen Margaret Gardiner, former Russian bodybuilder Alexander Nevsky, who is now an actor with roles in “low-budget action films,” and Noel de Souza, a journalist from India who also played Mahatma Gandhi in a “Star Trek: Voyager” episode.
The group’s lack of diversity isn’t the only controversy brewing behind-the-scenes ahead of the show, which is set to air Feb. 28.
Another explosive report claimed that the HFPA was treated to a five-star trip to France to visit the set of “Emily in Paris,” which scored a nomination that many critics and fans considered to be a shock. Even a writer for the Netflix show penned a piece stating that other great works, including “I May Destroy You,” instead deserved the nomination.
About those two Golden Globes nominations for Emily in Paris…… https://t.co/bKn5xsNPGi pic.twitter.com/BFjkxxao0W— Matt Hamilton (@MattHjourno) February 21, 2021 Filed under awards shows , golden globes , Golden Globes 2021 , hollywood foreign press association , oscars , Oscars 2021 , 2/23/21
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The Voice’s Emma Willis admits talent shows won’t create huge stars again and ‘those days are over’
ITS winners have struggled to find chart success but Emma Willis insists she marvels at the talent on display in The Voice UK.
Though a household name with a string of telly hits on her presenting CV, Emma says she is “in awe” of the wannabes.17Emma Willis admits the days of talent shows creating huge stars are overCredit: MARK HAYMAN / FABULOUS MAGAZINE
In an exclusive interview, the 44-year-old said: “I love finding people who are talented and can sing — because I sound like a cat when I sing. So I’m in awe of people who’ve got a good voice.
“The coaches tried to get me to sing once. It was not going to happen. If I sang, people would literally run away. Can you imagine me singing in front of Tom Jones?”
Her karaoke song of choice? “Living On A Prayer by Bon Jovi — you really have to go for it. If I’m on a night out, I think I’m pretty good. But only I think that.
“It’s a crowd-pleaser. Everyone joins in and they can’t really hear what you sound like. That’s my top trick.”17The Voice coaches: Will.i.am, Anne-Marie, Sir Tom Jones and Olly MursCredit: ITV
Though modest about her singing talents, Emma’s enthusiasm for the show is undimmed, having replaced Holly Willoughby as host in 2014.
Emma said: “It’s such a lovely show. I’ll be there until they get rid of me. I don’t plan on going anywhere. I mean, what’s not to like about it? I’ll be there for as long they want me.”
The first semi-final of this year’s contest airs on Saturday at 8.30pm.
Guest mentors Mel C, Danny O’Donoghue, James Bay and Leigh-Anne Pinnock will aid regular coaches Tom Jones, Will.i.am, Olly Murs and Anne-Marie.17Bethzienna Williams (left) and Molly Hocking, who won The Voice UK 2019, with EmmaCredit: Rex Features ‘WORK IS LIKE A NIGHT OUT RIGHT NOW, I CAN’T WAIT’
For the wannabes, fame is far from certain. No winner has yet bagged a No1 single, unlike past champs of Pop Idol and The X Factor.
Emma said: “I think the days of JLS and One Direction and the success they got from this kind of show are long gone.
“If success is getting a No1 (record), that’s one thing. But a lot of people want to make music their living and that doesn’t necessarily mean topping the charts.
“It depends how you measure success. Plenty of people from the show have gone on to make music their career.17The 44-year-old Voice host and her 37-year-old husband Matt WillisCredit: Getty Images - Getty
“Many have gone on to work in musical theatre and that is a way of living by making music and singing. It depends how the individual sees it.
“Not everybody measures success in the same way. The music industry is so unpredictable. Who knows what will happen?
“All I care about is that the people who come on the show have a good time and hopefully carry on and make music their livelihood.”
Emma is relieved the show can take place at all given lockdown.17Emma shared a rare photo of 'stylish' son Ace, eight, as fans praised her for 'breaking gender stereotypes'
She said: “I’ve loved it, actually. Work is now like a night out because we can’t go out.
“It’s like how you normally can’t wait for the weekend to go out. Well, now I can’t wait for work to go out!
“So it was good to get that phone call saying, ‘We’re going to go again’ — and that we’re able, with very strict guidelines, to make it happen.
“So it’s been good. It’s nice we can have a virtual audience, too. It’s different without a live studio audience — but thank God for technology we can still have a few hundred people on screens watching as it’s happening.17Emma Willis is feeling lucky she can still present The Voice despite lockdownCredit: ITV
“It doesn’t have quite as much of that live atmosphere you get in a room when you’re recording something like that.
“But how lucky are we that we actually get to go out and work and do it?”
Pop stars feature prominently in Emma’s personal life as well as her career. She married Busted singer Matt Willis, 37, in 2008 and they have three kids together: Isabelle, 11, Ace, nine, and Trixie, four.
The telly star was praised by fans on social media recently for sharing a picture of son Ace rocking a pink top and sporting long, blonde hair. On the idea of raising children gender-neutral, Emma said: “It’s a really individual, personal thing.17Matt and Emma Willis don Girl Power Spice Girls wigs and t-shirts for Comic ReliefCredit: Instagram
“My son likes what he likes. Far be it for me to stop him expressing himself or experimenting however he likes with clothes.
“Hair is hair, clothes are clothes and colour is colour. If my son wants to wear a pink top, I’m certainly not going to stop him.
“Let kids explore. Kids love exploring. And they don’t just have to explore in the dirt with worms and spiders — they can explore with colour and clothes and hair. I just let him be him.”
Emma has enjoyed seeing more of her family over the past year.17Emma says she lets her kids, Isabelle, 11, Ace, nine, and Trixie, four, exploreCredit: Refer to Caption
She said: “The lockdown is not something any of us could have ever pre-empted or could really get our heads around. But now we’re in the third one, I’m just trying to make the most of my time at home with my kids. At some point, when we resume something close to the life we knew before, they will be back at school.
“Hopefully I’ll be busy again and then I’ll be going, ‘Oh, I just want to be at home with the kids!’
“So I’m really trying to make the most of it and interact with them and be present with them and do what they want to do.
“So, as strange as this time has been, you kind of have to weigh it up and go, ‘I’ve loved being with my kids so much’.”17Emma has enjoyed seeing more of her husband and children over the past yearCredit: Social Media - Refer to Source
While Emma has been fortunate to keep working during the pandemic, Matt admitted candidly on his podcast he has not “paid towards anything this year”.
The singer, who was in and out of rehab in the Noughties for drug and alcohol addictions, renewed his wedding vows with Emma in 2018, ten years after they married.
He has said he hated looking “like a competition winner” standing next to his bride.
But Emma said Matt remains in good spirits despite the inevitable impact of his work drying up.17Emma has kept working during the pandemic while Matt admitted he has not 'paid towards anything'Credit: Getty - Contributor
She revealed: “From a work point of view, it’s been quiet in comparison to how it normally is for him.
“But he does the podcast (What No One’s Watching, with comedian Matt Richardson) so that’s been really good, actually. He has an outlet and it’s something he can do from home.
“Regardless of work, the whole thing has had an impact on all of our mental health, hasn’t it? It’s a funny old time.”
Emma has overcome uncertainties of her own — including being star-struck.17Emma Willis admits to feeling star-stuck working with The Voice coachesCredit: Rex Features
Of working with Sir Tom, 80, she said: “For quite a few years, I was like, ‘I don’t know what to say to him!’ But now I’ve got to know him, I love listening to him tell stories.
“He’s a very funny, lovely man and I feel privileged I get to work alongside a legend like that. Him and Olly together are a match made in humorous heaven.”
Olly has come out on top among the coaches for the past two contests, mentoring Molly Hocking in 2019 and Blessing Chitapa last year. To celebrate his most recent win, Olly stripped off to perform a celebratory dance the ballsy singer shared with fans.
And if he seals a hat-trick?17Emma says she loves listening to Sir Tom Jones tell stories
Emma said: “I definitely think he’ll get naked again because he bloody loves it — I just don’t know how. He’s quite inventive.
“And he’s quite competitive, so he’ll absolutely want to win. The other three (coaches) are very competitive too, so they will absolutely want to take his crown.
“But I have no doubt if Olly wins, he will definitely be naked and hiding his prized possession behind something.”
- The Voice UK’s first semi-final airs on Saturday at 8.30pm on ITV. The second semi airs on March 13.
NUMBER OF UK NO.1 SINGLES: 4
ACCOLADES: 2 BRIT Awards for British Breakthrough Act and British Single of the Year
RECORD SALES: Over 8 million worldwide
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NUMBER OF UK NO.1 SINGLES: 4
ACCOLADES: Record of the Year Award, 2 Smash Hits Awards and an MTV Asia Award
RECORD SALES: Over 3.5 million worldwide
ESTIMATED NET WORTH: £3.5millionLeona Lewis - Winner of X Factor, 2006 17Leona Lewis became a household name after being crowned champion of X Factor 2006Credit: Rex Features
NUMBER OF UK NO.1 SINGLES: 3
ACCOLADES: 2 MOBO Awards, an MTV Europe Music Award, 2 World Music Awards and a six-time BRIT Award and three-time Grammy Award nominee
RECORD SALES: Over 30 million worldwide
ESTIMATED NET WORTH: Over £20millionJLS - Runners-up of X Factor, 2008 17JLS have netted a combined £18million after competing in X Factor 2008Credit: Ken McKay
NUMBER OF UKNO.1 SINGLES: 5
ACCOLADES: 2 BRIT Awards, 5 MOBO Awards and won the title of the UK’s hardest-working band in 2011 and 2012
RECORD SALES: Over 6 million worldwide
ESTIMATED NET WORTH: £18million combinedOne Direction - Finalists of X Factor, 2010 17One Direction became one of the world's most successful boybands and it all started on X FactorCredit: Paul Edwards - The Sun
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ACCOLADES: 6 Billboard Music Awards, 7 BRIT Awards, 7 American Music Awards and 28 Teen Choice Awards
RECORD SALES: Over 70 million worldwide
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