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Stars like Nicole Kidman, Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Hudson, Lady Gaga and Andrew Garfield wanted to celebrate their awards this weekend at the Palm Springs Film Festival in California.

In Hollywood, stylists would dress the contenders for the Golden Globes. And the distributors of the Grammy trophies would only have a solid three weeks to face what is arguably the biggest music awards event in the world. But Omikron is putting an end to Hollywood party planning with all its might.

Grammys show canceled

“Too much risk,” said a message from the Recording Academy in Los Angeles, in view of the rapid spread of the highly infectious omicron variant of the corona virus in the United States. The Grammy show scheduled for January 31 will now explode in front of a live audience in Los Angeles. A little consolation for nominated stars like Jon Batiste, Justin Bieber, Doja Cat and Billie Eilish – the 64th prize is to be made up.

A déjà vu of the 2021 pandemic year? Due to Corona’s worsening situation in Los Angeles, the show has been postponed to March from the end of January. The performances and awards ceremony took place on different stages, some in the open air, in front of a few masked spectators.

Sundance Festival on the Internet

The Sundance Festival, founded by Robert Redford, quickly moved its programming entirely to the Internet. In fact, movie talent wanted to let off steam in the Park City, Utah, ski resort starting in mid-January, but Corona is now spoiling a festival with guests on-site for the second time in a row.

The celebrity-popular Palm Springs, California Film Festival also pulled the emergency brake. Stars like Lady Gaga (“Gucci”), Kristen Stewart (“Spencer”) and Jennifer Hudson (“Respect”) wanted to launch their Oscar advertising campaign there, but the January event was canceled entirely.

Even before Christmas, the long-planned Governors Awards gala ended on January 15, when old stars like Liv Ullmann (83) and Samuel L. Jackson (73) were slated to receive their honorary Oscars.

The Critics Choice Awards, for which many Hollywood stars were due on January 9 in the ballroom of a luxury Los Angeles hotel, have also been postponed. Favorites were Steven Spielberg with the musical “West Side Story” and Kenneth Branagh with his North Irish drama “Belfast”.

In a “normal” year, stars would now be anxiously awaiting their appearance on the red carpet at the Golden Globe Gala. The awards of the small association of the foreign press (HFPA) traditionally announce the presentation of the trophies in early January, which culminates with the issuance of the Oscars. But this time around, almost everything is different at the Globes – and it’s not just the pandemic to blame.

Empty rows at the Golden Globes

The winners of the 79th Golden Globe Awards are due to be announced Sunday evening (local time), but in front of nearly empty rows. Only the location – the Beverly Hilton Hotel’s traditional ballroom – is familiar. But the usual gala ingredients are lacking: no red carpet, no audience, no journalists, no party.

Due to the corona pandemic, only a few selected guests, including members of the association, are expected to be admitted, the HFPA recently announced. There was no mention of the stars and nominees.

The Film and Television Awards Gala, awarded since 1944, has so far had a reputation as Hollywood’s laid-back trophy party, with many celebrities and plenty of champagne. But there has always been criticism of the small association of the foreign press, with less than 100 members. Charges such as lack of diversity and questionable voting practices by journalists have been made, and last year the Globe crisis worsened. Home broadcaster NBC has canceled the broadcast of the TV show for 2022.

During reform pressure, the Globe Association elected a new board of directors and accepted new members, including several black journalists. As part of the announcement of the winners, the association now wishes to highlight its philanthropic action and the recipients of donations and address the reforms.

Stars like Scarlett Johansson and Tom Cruise as well as major Hollywood companies distanced themselves from the organization last year. The reputation is bad, the future of the prices of the globe uncertain. But one thing’s for sure: The all-star hype, fun moderator sweeps, and emotional outbursts from the winners won’t happen this time around.

These are the favorites

The dramas “Belfast” and “The Power of the Dog” are among Globe favorites with seven nominations each. Spielberg’s musical “West Side Story”, tragic comedy “Licorice Pizza”, satire “Don’t Look Up” and sports drama “King Richard” also have multiple chances of winning.

The Oscars are slated to take place at the end of March, but will it be? Could the Omicron wave endanger the 94th Academy Awards? This time, the show will take place live in the traditional Dolby Theater, which can accommodate over 3,000 people.

Last April, the Academy of Oscars invited just under 200 guests to the historic Union Station building in Los Angeles. Due to travel difficulties caused by Corona’s demands, not all applicants could come to Hollywood – they were activated via video from international sites.

The Oscar nominations are expected to be announced on February 8. The motto is still relevant today: “The show must continue”. But Corona continues to hold Hollywood in suspense. A happy ending is not guaranteed.