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ROEPER: The Golden Globes are ridiculous, but at least they’re fun
BY: RICHARD ROEPER
What’s it going to take for Daniel Day-Lewis or Claire Danes or Sofia Vergara to take home a Golden Globe tonight?
One way to do it would be with votes from Ersi Danou, Dagmar Dunlevy, Munawar Hosain and Rocio Ayuso, aka Maria Bernal–and about a dozen other members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Academy.
I keep seeing stories about the “approximately 90″ members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association–but according to the HFPA’s own site, there are just 76 international journalists that make up the voting body for the Globes.
The aforementioned Ersi Danou is a Greek entertainment journalist. Dunlevy’s Canadian. Ayuso/Bernal is affiliated with Spain. And Hosain is listed as representing Australia, the Netherlands AND Cuba.
Way to trot that globe!
It’s one of Hollywood’s biggest open secrets: the Golden Globes are kind of a joke, but they count because nearly all the major stars nominated in the sometimes dubious categories show up for the nationally televised ceremony, which is often described as the precursor to the Academy Awards, which is of course a huge insult to the some 6,000-plus professionals that belong to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
To become a member of the HFPA, you have to be publish at least four entertainment articles–a year. (I have colleagues that have published four entertainment articles in an afternoon.)
Also, you have to be asked, and many of the leading foreign journalists covering movies and television have never been asked to join the HFPA. It’s a very small organization that only rarely opens their doors to new members.
The Globes are Jake LaMotta fighting Sugar Ray Robinson in “Raging Bull”–they take shot after shot after shot, but they never hit the canvas. There have been periods when no self-respecting television network would air the awards ceremony. Then there was the embarrassment of 1981, when Pia Zadora was crowned Best New Star. Not to mention the various articles over the years noting many of the members are not even full-time journalists and often hold down “civilian” jobs.
Not to mention some of the ridiculous categories, e.g., pitting actors from cable movies and mini-series against actors on weekly shows. Somehow, Hayden Panettiere from “Nashville,” Sofia Vergara from “Modern Family” and Sarah Paulson from the HBO movie “Game Change” are all competing against each other in the same category. Huh?
But even with the lawsuits and the whispers and the rumors about how the awards are decided, even though I’ve spoken with Globe-nominated individuals who know the process is a joke but play along because it’s undeniably good for the career, even though a large majority of even the casual viewers tuning in tonight realize there’s something sketchy about the Globes, we don’t care. We want to see how the wonderful Amy Poehler and Tina Fey do as hosts. We want to see which actress gets caught in the bathroom when her name is announced, which upset winner has to thread his way past the star-studded tables, which star will slur his speech after a few too many sips of the complimentary champagne.
Besides. Aren’t ALL awards shows, even the Oscars, just a little bit silly when we take a step back? All these beautiful, talented, wealthy, famous winners of life’s lottery trembling uncontrollably because they’ve won a trophy?
Yes, the Globes are a farce, but they’re usually a pretty entertaining farce. Let the goofiness begin.