• The Golden Globes will not have a live audience and celebrity guests this year
  • The ceremony will not provide a livestream that fans can watch during the event
  • Winners will be announced on social media and the HFPA’s official website

The Golden Globes will be having an offline and private awarding ceremony this year.

Ahead of Sunday’s event, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association dropped a bombshell Thursday when a spokesperson for the organization told The Hollywood Reporter that there wouldn’t be a livestream of the private ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Since fans wouldn’t be able to watch the event unfold, they can get their updates on the winners online because the organizers have decided to provide real-time announcements on social media.

“This year’s event is going to be a private event and will not be livestreamed. We will be providing real-time updates on winners on the Golden Globes website and our social media,” the spokesperson said.

The 79th edition of the Golden Globe Awards is still happening in Beverly Hilton’s International Ballroom, but it will be very different from the previous editions of the awards ceremony.

The event will not have a red carpet, live audience, celebrity guests, and industry insiders. Since there won’t be celebrity presenters and nominees attending, the star-studded after-parties are also not happening.

Even though the event was toned down significantly, the ceremony is still scheduled to last for about 90 minutes. The full list of winners will be announced via a press release after the event.

The move to not host an online stream is not at all related to the HFPA’s multimillion-dollar and multi-year TV broadcast contract with NBC, an insider told Deadline.

The organization usually gets paid about $60 million by NBC for rights to air the ceremony. But in May, the network announced that it wouldn’t be airing the upcoming edition due to the diversity issues plaguing the HFPA.

Instead of having an expensive and glamorous gathering, the HFPA has decided to host a simple event highlighting the organization’s philanthropic efforts while also recognizing the winners.

The gathering is set to happen amid reports that Los Angeles has reached record-breaking cases of COVID-19 due to the omicron variant. As such, all attendees are required to be vaccinated and boosted. They should also present a negative PCR test result before entering the venue.

Golden Globes for film and television will be announced from the usual Beverly Hills hotel venue -- but without an audience
Golden Globes for film and television will be announced from the usual Beverly Hills hotel venue -- but without an audience AFP / Robyn Beck