Once it was determined that the WGA Strike would be claiming its first big awards ceremony of the season, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and NBC should have regrouped and either postponed the ceremony or announced the winners via press release. But to stage an hour long press conference, in prime time no less, to announce the winners makes the whole event look pretty bad.
While I will definitely miss the Globes this year, the real losers are the winners. Shows like Damages and Californication along with movies such as Sweeny Todd and Atonement and a whole slew of other winners could have really gathered steam for the Oscars or viewers for next season with a Golden Globe bump that a win would have surely given them. Instead we’re subjected to a handful of reaction quotes and a few press release thank yous from the winners. If you’re interested in reading these quasi-acceptance speeches you can do so here.
For a complete list of the 2008 Golden Globe Winners click here.
Also, here are two good articles on the impact of the cancelation of the Golden Globe ceremony:
Globes Scene Missing Magic and Meaning by Beth Harris of the AP
Golden Globe Winners Are Also Losers by Bean Goodman of Reuters