–The 2018 Golden Globe Awards will take place on Sunday, January 7 2018
–2018 will be the 75th Golden Globe Awards
–The award winners are selected by members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association(HFPA)
Since this website is known as’Sports Betting Pros’ I try to use sports metaphors as often as you can, even on’non-sport’ gambling occasions. For the amusement industry the Academy Awards is the’Super Bowl’ of awards show. Obviously, this means that the film industry enjoys a greater degree of status than their television counterparts (though the gap is closing fast ). The significant TV awards would be the Emmy Awards which don’t take place until September. For that reason, we’ll concentrate more on the predictive dynamic of the film awards since the Golden Globe Awards kick off the season of smaller movie awards from a variety of critics groups and professional trade associations. These are much like the Kentucky Derby Qualifying races and useful to watch simply to have a sense of that contenders are legit.
If we were to use the football metaphor concerning the Golden Globe Awards it might only be much more entertaining version of a preseason game. A more proper description–it’s a watered down version of those great’Celebrity Roasts’ that Dean Martin used to do in the 1970’s only with awards handed out. Or at least that is how it was previously. It’ll be interesting to see the’disposition of the area’ and the American film industry in general in the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment fiasco. Will the Golden Globes return to their business of boozy fun as usual? Will it be a party only with everyone keeping their hands to themselves? Or has the entire power lively in Hollywood change forever and also the Golden Globes will embrace itself important and holier than thou smugness of the Academy Awards?
REALLY, DO THE GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS MATTER?
Do these awards matter? Yes and no. ‘The Business’ likes them since it’s a terrific way to advertise a film. An otherwise overlooked movie could benefit from a marketing effort chortling about’5 Golden Globe Nominations’ over the title. At one stage, the Golden Globes were regarded as a predictive indicator for several of the Academy Award categories although that’s never really been the situation. In previous years, the Golden Globes has really helped to set the front runner which is a dubious honor. As we seen last year with’La La Land’ several months between the Academy Awards is enough time for the media to’flip’ on a movie and direct a sizable percentage of Academy voters together. The main complaint concerning the Golden Globe Awards is that they’re selected by a small, insular group of approximately 90 entertainment business journalists based in Southern California. They pick the nominees and the winners and awarded the homogeneous nature of the Republicans and the’small sample size’ it doesn’t actually do anything to approximate what the Academy Awards voters might 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 big stars. This is for purely selfish, although admittedly practical reasons–it helps get more’A Listers’ to attend the awards and they enjoy hanging out with actors. In all honesty, I have a tough time questioning that logic provided the place they’re in. To their credit, the Academy Awards has ever attempted to focus on the functionality and not the’star power’ of the 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 am voting for a person to party with I will proceed with Natalie Portman.
BOOZY FUN FOR THE WHOLE SHOW BIZ FAMILY
Historically, the crux of this Golden Globes’ allure for TV viewers, celebrities, journalists, business types, has been it is light hearted (ie: drunken) nature. It is only a lot more fun than many awards shows. Back when actors and the general public knew their role, actors were expected to appear to some awards show drunk or strung out on drugs. In the 70’s everyone was on medication. Even the’old school’ stars your parents enjoyed were heavy drinkers. That continued into the 80’s but today it’s regarded as an affront to the gravitas of the entertainment industry. It’s reached the stage that being drunk in the Grammy Awards gets a lot of judgmental whispers and gossip posing as concern. It wasn’t that long ago that each musician from Frank Sinatra to Stevie Wonder would show up under the influence of medication and beverages like they were Slash and Duff McKagan of Guns’n’Roses in the American Music Awards back from the’Appetite For Destruction’ era. Now, it is all dull company drivel with the sort of decadent behavior you’d expect at a multilevel marketing conference from 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 was criticized and castigated by MTV on air’gift’, the media and her peers.
Historically, all of Hollywood and the entertainment media were in on this and enjoyed 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 proceeded to explain the difference between the Academy Awards and the Golden Globe awards:”The Academy Awards is the most prestigious of the awards shows. The three-hour Golden Globes, on the other hand, is a place where celebrities can test fashion, sample parts of speeches and, honestly, get drunk.” The Daily Beast called it’the Oscars drunk, corrupt cousin.” Even a reasonably serious actress like Cate Blanchett confessed she had been drunk during her Golden Globes acceptance speech.