Maybe you were at work or at school and didn’t have a chance to monitor your Twitter feed blowing up like a Kardashian in a buffet line, but #GoldenGlobes was trending worldwide for a considerable amount of time… and, depending on who you ask, for a considerable amount of reasons.
The day award seasons gets it done perfectly will be the first time. For the Golden Globes, it has been 77 years and the illustrious and mysterious Hollywood Foreign Press as yet to get it right.
This year, we strike into nothing new from an age-old conversation and a few other observations. So, let’s dig in and start another thread about this drama or comedy or horror… again, depending on who you ask.
Again, it wouldn’t be “Awards Season” if someone wasn’t mad about something they couldn’t control or trolling about something because of something controlling them. Here are a few of the headlines…
Welcome to the New World
Hollywood is just going to have sit back, find a comfortable position, and enjoy it. No, I mean watching TV. Streaming is the new bully and it’s their world…we just pay rent. Commercial television gave up the ghost on quality writing. Remember when TV was a four-way arm wrestling contest in ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX?
Those were the days. For the 77th Golden Globes, Netflix ruled the roost, earning 17 nominations in TV and 17 more in Film! Seconds for TV was HBO (15) so, yeah, free TV gets nothing but a nice chair in the green room. Seconds on Film was Sony Pictures (8). So, at least you can’t say this is one thing Disney doesn’t own.
With offerings like Marriage Story, The Crown, The Irishman, Dolemite Is My Name, and The Two Popes, commercial TV better stick with all that reality crap. The pros are surfing the net for good.
Awards Only Provided in English
While it be shocking for routine movie goers in the states, other people in other countries do make films. And since those are in other countries, the stars may not necessarily speak English; however, subtitles do not erase the skill it took to make that film or act in them.
You would expect that kind of understanding from the Hollywood Foreign Press. But, not so much. Bong Joon-ho made a film that spans borders and should overcome them too; yet, Parasite only earns a Best Foreign Film nod. The strange thing is the aforementioned Joon-ho was nominated for Best Director, but not of a “best movie”.
And Justice for All…Just Not in Hollywood
This can go many ways. Most of the trolling is focused on the ‘Best Directors’ category. It’s more of a “sausage fest,” which has some people highly vociferous and a wee bit cynical about the illustrious Hollywood Foreign Press. (More on this below in “Snubs.”)
In several of the major categories, there are sure-fire wins, several good bets, and some of others that, well… meh.
Many of the pictures — both drama and comedy — cinephiles nationwide assumed would be considered, including:
- The Irishman and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood because Swan Songs are a thing
- Joker and JoJo Rabbit because we told ya so (a few times)
- Rocketman and Dolemite Is My Name because they’re great (and has nothing to do with diversity)
- Leading Men (i.e., Christian Bale, Eddie Murphy, Joaquin Phoenix, Taron Egerton)
- Leading Women (i.e., Cynthia Erivo, Ana de Armas, Charlize Theron, Cate Blanchett)
- Supporting Men (i.e., Tom Hanks, Al Pacino)
- Supporting Women (i.e., Annette Benning, Margot Robbie)
- Directors… eh, well… those are all men. See: “Rubs.”
- Sound: 1917 (Thomas Newman), Motherless Brooklyn (Jonathan Lethem), “Stand Up” (Harriet), “I’m Gonna Love Me Again” (Rocketman)
- Sight: Chernobyl, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Killing Eve, Parasite
Must See TV
- Leading Men (i.e., Bill…Hader and Porter, Brian Cox, or maybe Paul Rudd)
- Leading Women (i.e., Jodie Comer, Rachel Brosnahan, Olivia Colman, or maybe Natasha Lyonne)
- Supporting Men (i.e., One of the Skarsgard boys or the Fonz)
- Supporting Women (i.e., Emily Watson or Meryl Streep)
- Series Men (i.e., Big Screen to Small — Russell Crowe or Sam Rockwell)
- Series Women (i.e., Same — Helen Mirren or Michele Williams)
Among the several headlines this year’s Golden Globes, there are a few that all deal with a collective middle finger to a few folks who definitely should be given more than a three-minute segment on national morning shows.
No One Saw Us
The nominations come from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which is made up of 90 journalists from around the world. Apparently, they haven’t discovered the meaning of irony, because while they were doling out 34 nominations to the streaming giants of the world, they neglected one very important limited series — When They See Us directed by the civic-conscious and much celebrated ingenue Ava DuVernay.
Not a single consideration for the project, the screenplay, the director, or even the Emmy winner for Lead Actor in a Limited Series Jharrel Jerome. The heralded miniseries about the “Central Park Five,” a group of five black and Latino teenagers who were wrongly convicted of rape and spent years in prison before their eventual exoneration, deserved so much more than a pat on the back and directions to the exit.
Every Body Was
Kung Fu…eh, Sword Fighting
This year was a year rich in quality television and cinema. Regardless of who was in front of the camera, the Hollywood Foreign Press wasn’t that aware of the public relations fiasco that would take place when they recognized five people behind the camera.
All white guys.
Yes, we’re back at this story … again. The only reason this storyline keeps beating itself in the ground is (again) no woman was nominated for either Best Director or Best Screenplay. Consider this: in the 77 years these homogenized foreign press peeps have been issuing awards, only five women have been nominated for best director. Oddly enough, Ava DuVernay is someone they have recognized (Selma, 2015). Just not this time.
Out of those five, only one has been awarded the Golden Globe — Barbra Streisand for Yentl (1984). Of the women who were ignored or maybe not considered for directing or screenwriting were:
- Marielle Heller, It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
- Greta Gerwig, Little Women
- Alma Har’el, Honey Boy
- Lulu Wang, The Farewell
- Olivia Wilde & Emily Halpern, Booksmart
When asked about the missing women in those two categories, a cynical HFPA President Lorenzo Soria shared with Variety:
What happened is that we don’t vote by gender. We vote by film and accomplishment. That’s the answer. It would’ve been — Anyway, that’s the process of how we vote.
So, there’s that.
Yet another repetitive headline, or in this case, hashtag of the routine whitewashing of the nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Among the mayonnaise lathered envelopes were missing some impressive and even awe-striking performances from some folk who didn’t totally look like them:
Little Women may have been ignored because of the “been-there-done-that” mindset; yet, good is good. And based on all reviews, this Greta Gerwig film far outweighs the 1949 and 1994 versions. Not for nothing, but most of the Best Director films are from white men about white men (i.e., Joker, The Irishman).
For Best Actress, horror routinely gets ignored by the prigs in award committees. Last year, Toni Colette was unceremoniously cast aside for her stellar work in Hereditary. This year, Lupita Nyong’o was egregiously snubbed for her portrayal as not one…but two people in Jordan Peele’s Us.
Best Screenplays are about original writing. How does JoJo Rabbit from a non-white dude named Taika Waititi not get a sniff here? Just Mercy provides a glaring hole into the justice system featuring two black men and written/directed by a Hawaiian, Destin Daniel Cretton. Not even a wink. Arguably, this was Jamie Foxx‘s finest work since Ray, but yeah…who cares.
The Best Supporting Actress category was remarkably opaque given the talent that was offered this year. Sure, Jennifer Lopez got a nod in Hustlers (and meh), but what about Florence Pugh for Little Women? Da’Vine Joy Randolph, as the incomparable Lady Reed in Dolemite Is My Name? What about Zhao Shuzhen, who played Nai Nai in The Farewell?
In the Best Actor category are two white guys, granted, but should tell get some love: The rumor is Adam Sandler got a serious snub for the indie Uncut Gems. And apparently, hyper-masturbation is grounds for being ignored for a piece of hardware. Ah well, maybe Robert Pattinson can jerk off in the Bat Cave to his heart’s content.
Oh yeah, for ignoring Regina M*tha F*ck!n King in her widely praised and lauded work for Watchmen on HBO… the HFPA sucks out loud for that one. Maybe the subject matter of racism touches a little close to home for them?!