–The 2018 Golden Globe Awards will take place on Sunday, January 7 2018
–2018 are the 75th Golden Globe Awards
–The award winners are chosen by members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association(HFPA)
Since this site is known as’Sports Betting Pros’ I attempt to use sports metaphors as frequently as you can, even on’non-sport’ gambling events. For the entertainment industry the Academy Awards is the’Super Bowl’ of awards series. Evidently, it follows that the movie industry enjoys a higher amount of standing than their television counterparts (though the gap is closing quickly). The major TV awards are the Emmy Awards that don’t occur until September. For that reason, we’ll concentrate more on the predictive dynamic of this film awards because the Golden Globe Awards kick off the season of smaller movie awards from various critics groups and specialist trade associations. These are much like the Kentucky Derby Qualifying races and useful to watch just to have a sense of which contenders are legit.
When we were to utilize the football metaphor about the Golden Globe Awards it might only be a more interesting version of a preseason game. A more proper description–it is a watered down version of those great’Celebrity Roasts’ that Dean Martin used to perform in the 1970’s only with awards handed out. Or at least that is how it had been in the past. It will be interesting to see the’mood of the area’ and the American movie industry generally in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment fiasco. Can the Golden Globes return to their business of boozy pleasure as usual? Can it be a celebration only with everybody keeping their hands to themselves? Or has the entire power lively in Hollywood change forever and also the Golden Globes will adopt the self important and holier than thou smugness of the Academy Awards?
REALLY, DO THE GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS MATTER?
Do these awards even matter? Yes and no. ‘The Industry’ likes them since it is a great way to advertise a movie. An otherwise overlooked movie could gain from a marketing effort chortling around’5 Golden Globe Nominations’ above the title. At one point, the Golden Globes have been considered a predictive index for several of the Academy Award categories though that’s never actually been the case. In past decades, the Golden Globes has really helped to set the front runner that is a dubious honor. As we witnessed this past year with’La La Land’ a few months between now and the Academy Awards is enough time for the press to’turn’ on a film and lead a sizable proportion of Academy voters together. The main gripe about the Golden Globe Awards is they’re selected by a tiny, insular group of approximately 90 entertainment industry journalists based in Southern California. They select the nominees and the winners and given the homogeneous nature of the voters and the’little sample size’ it does not really do anything to approximate what the Academy Awards voters may do.
This is where the fun begins. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) bequeaths the Golden Globe Awards and they’ve been accused of a bias toward large stars. This is for purely selfish, though admittedly practical reasons–it will help get more’A Listers’ to attend awards and they like hanging out with celebrities. In all honesty, I have a hard time questioning that logic provided the place they’re in. To their credit, the Academy Awards has always tried to focus on the performance and not the’star power’ of their nominees. That is why 80 year-old Jessica Tandy won’Best Actress’ for’Driving Miss Daisy’ and Kathy Bates won for’Misery’. With all due respect to the considerable abilities of these two women if I’m voting for a person to party with I will go with Natalie Portman.
BOOZY FUN FOR THE WHOLE SHOW BIZ FAMILY
Historically, the crux of this Golden Globes’ appeal for TV audiences, celebrities, journalists, industry forms, has been it’s light hearted (ie: drunken) character. It’s just a whole lot more enjoyable than most awards shows. Back when celebrities and the general public knew their function, actors were expected to appear to any awards show drunk or strung out on drugs. At the 70’s everybody was on drugs. The’old school’ stars that your parents enjoyed were heavy drinkers. That continued into the 80’s but now it is considered an affront to the gravitas of the entertainment market. It’s reached the point that being drunk at the Grammy Awards gets a great deal of judgmental whispers and gossip posing as concern. It wasn’t long ago that each musician from Frank Sinatra to Stevie Wonder could appear under the effect of medication and beverages as though they were Slash and Duff McKagan of Guns’n’Roses in the American Music Awards back in the’Appetite For Destruction’ era. Now, it is all boring company drivel with the sort of decadent behavior you’d expect at a multilevel marketing convention in the San Fernando Valley. Even MTV has joined the’no fun’ fray–when Pink gave a rambling, drunken acceptance speech at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards she had been criticized and castigated from MTV on air’gift’, the media and her peers.
Historically, all of Hollywood and the entertainment websites were in on this and liked the fact that the vibe wasn’t as uptight and the booze flowed freely. USA TODAY called the Golden Globes”the award year’s booziest night of celebrities and approval speeches”. They went on to explain the difference between the Academy Awards and the Golden Globe awards:”The Academy Awards is the most prestigious of these awards shows. The three-hour Golden Globes, on the other hand, is a place where celebrities can try out fashion, sample components of speeches and, honestly, get drunk” The Daily Beast called it’the Oscars drunk, tainted cousin” Even a reasonably serious celebrity like Cate Blanchett confessed she had been drunk during her Golden Globes acceptance speech.