What if the Covid-19 managed to bury Hollywood ceremonies?

(ETX Daily Up) – And the winner is … Omicron! The variant is only increasing Covid-19 positive cases around the world. So much so that in the United States, this new wave is once again impacting the world of entertainment. Golden Globes, Grammy Awards, Sundance … the major awards ceremonies and festivals have to readjust this year again. But by force, are these ceremonies doomed to disappear?

It’s like an air of déjà vu. With the resurgence of positive cases for Covid-19 with the Omicron variant, the price reduction season is once again shaken by the health crisis in the United States. Many gatherings had to be canceled or redesigned to preserve the health of the participants. The BAFTA Tea Party, which brings together every year the gratin of the small and the big screen in Beverly Hills, had to cancel once again its gathering scheduled for January 8 in Los Angeles. A precautionary measure according to the organization. However, the 75th BAFTA Film Awards ceremony is still held until March 13, 2022 as well as the BAFTA TV Craft Awards for April 24 and the BAFTA TV Awards for May 8 in London.

Same decision on the side of the Critics Choice Awards which should have taken place on Sunday, January 9. The ceremony, broadcast on American television, was postponed to a later date still unknown. The Grammy Awards, initially scheduled for January 31, have also decided to postpone their ceremony indefinitely.

A boycott of the Golden Globes?

It was also a big blow for the Golden Globes. One of the most prestigious ceremonies in the United States, which is traditionally held at the beginning of January, in turn had to change its program. If last year Tina Fey and Amy Poehler had succeeded the brilliant Ricky Gervais, the 2022 version will be much less glamorous. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced that no celebrities will host the next ceremony, which will take place this Sunday, January 9. This 79th ceremony will be like no other. No public, no “red carpet” and no media. The winners will only be announced on the official Golden Globes website and social media. A first reminiscent of the 2008 ceremony, Hollywood was then undergoing a strike by the writers. Only a handful of privileged people will be able to attend this extraordinary ceremony, but among them, there will be no star present.

To this health problem are added the countless scandals accusing the Golden Globes of its lack of diversity. Many celebrities seem to want to boycott this disparaged ceremony. NBC had already announced in May 2021 not to broadcast the 79th ceremony on its antenna. However, the television channel had not completely closed the door to the ceremony and had said it planned to broadcast the 2023 edition if the Academy solves its problems.

Festivals are also concerned. The renowned Sundance Film Festival has decided not to completely cancel its plans. The festival will finally take place entirely online from January 20 to 30. Same story for the Slamdance Film Festival which had to abandon its idea of ​​a hybrid ceremony to keep only the virtual version. Scheduled from January 20 to 23, the festival will finally take place from January 27 to February 6.

For their part, the Emmy Awards ceremonies, scheduled for September, remain relevant for the moment. It remains to be seen whether the program will not be turned upside down for the umpteenth time during the year.

The fact remains that beyond these health considerations, award ceremonies are less and less popular and their audiences continue to decline over the years. This kind of television program does not seem particularly popular with the younger generation. However, the red carpet remains a means for the stars to convey messages of solidarity and commitment. An approach, this time, much appreciated by Gen Z. Could this be the case for the Oscars? The biggest awards ceremony for the world of cinema is still scheduled for Sunday March 27, 2022, broadcast on ABC. A ceremony that must have already been postponed since initially the stars should have walked on the red carpet on February 27, 2022.