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Finnish film misses out on Golden Globe gong

This year's Golden Globe Award for best non-English-language film went to the Japanese film 'Drive My Car'.

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The 2022 Golden Globe winners were announced at an untelevised, scaled-back event on Sunday night. Image: Nina Prommer / EPA
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Finnish film Compartment No. 6, directed by Juho Kuosmanen, did not win the Golden Globe Award for best non-English-language film at a muted awards ceremony on Sunday night.

This year's award instead went to the Japanese film Drive My Car.

Compartment No. 6 is, however, still in the running for the Best International Feature Film Oscar and has already won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival. It has also been nominated for a European Film award.

The last Finnish film to receive a Golden Globe nomination was Klaus Härö's The Fencer in 2015, while the last Finnish film to receive the award was Erik Blomberg's The White Reindeer in 1956.

This year's Golden Globe gala was not televised or live streamed, with CNN reporting that organisers Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) wanted to keep the event low-key due to the recent surge in Covid-19 infections.

However, the news network also noted that the not-for-profit organisation is looking to rebuild its reputation following a series of controversies, including "a lack of diversity among HFPA membership and other ethical questions related to financial benefits".

US broadcaster NBC—which has broadcast the glitzy awards ceremony for decades—announced last year that it would not be covering the 2022 event because of the controversies.

"We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform. However, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right," a NBC spokesperson said at the time, but added that the network would be willing to consider airing the show again in 2023.

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