Comedian and actor Jo Koy has been announced as the host for the upcoming Golden Globes. Producers selected Koy for his "infectious energy and relatable humor." Koy gained recognition last year for his film "Easter Sunday," which featured an all-Filipino ensemble. He has also released five stand-up specials on Comedy Central and Netflix, including his most recent special, "Live From The Los Angeles Forum."
The Golden Globes have faced a series of challenges in recent years, including scandals and a year without a broadcast. However, the show is making a comeback and is scheduled to take place on January 7th. This will be Koy's first major hosting gig for an award show.
Helen Hoehne, the president of the Golden Globes, expressed excitement about having Koy as the host, stating, "We are thrilled to have Jo host the 81st Annual Golden Globe Awards and bring his infectious energy and relatable humor to kick off Hollywood's award season. We know Jo is bringing his A-game."
Koy himself shared his enthusiasm for the opportunity, saying, "I've stepped onto a lot of stages around the world in my career, but this one is going to be extra special. I'm so excited to be hosting the Golden Globes this year. This is that moment where I get to make my Filipino family proud."
The nominations for the Golden Globes have also been announced, with Greta Gerwig's "Barbie" leading the pack with nine nods. Christopher Nolan's "Oppenheimer" closely follows with eight nominations. It's worth noting that the Globes' voting body has grown to 300 members, following backlash over the lack of diversity in previous years.
The 81st Golden Globes will mark the first major broadcast of the awards season and will have a new home on CBS. The show was once known for its high-profile status and irreverent tone compared to the Oscars. Before the pandemic, it attracted an audience of around 19 million viewers.