Monday, January 14, 2008

The Golden Globes Aren’t So Golden Anymore

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association 2008 Golden Globe AwardsYou know the old saying “the show must go on?” I think we finally found the instance where that just isn’t true anymore. If any of you happened to catch the 65th Annual Golden Globe Awards Ceremo- Oops, I mean Press Conference last night on NBC then you know exactly what I’m talking about. I’m not sure if anyone did watch it or not. I tried to for about 20 minutes and had to turn it off. Not so much because it was a train wreck, but because it just felt so pointless. Was NBC that desperate for programming? Why put on a press conference at all? I can’t imagine advertisers were still willing to pony up big bucks for spots knowing no real stars would be on hand to present or accept the awards.

The 65th Annual Golden Globe Awards

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.

The 65th Annual Golden Globe Awards

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.

The 65th Annual Golden Globe Awards
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

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