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The Hollywood Reporter has done some research and published some of the Golden Globes’ most memorable moments—and there have been plenty of them. Here is just a small selection.
From the New York Post
Watch your back, Oscar!
The Academy Awards telecast — plagued in recent years by low ratings and growing viewer discontent — is in danger of playing second fiddle to the younger, hipper Golden Globes, experts say.
“The Globes have seized the cool factor this year,” Tom O’Neil, editor of GoldDerby.com, tells The Post.
The Oscars telecast, meanwhile, “is like high mass,” he says. “And going to church is supposed to be boring. It is part of the punishment for the soul that you deserve for living that glamorous Hollywood life.”
Ratings for “Hollywood’s Biggest Night” have been flirting with all-time lows, with just more than 36 million tuning in last February.
“I think someday it is inevitable that the MTV Movie Awards will surpass the Oscars in terms of eyeballs [watching],” O’Neil says.
Much of the anticipation about this year’s Golden Globes comes from returning host Ricky Gervais.
“He was such a skunk at the picnic last year that everyone is looking forward to what mischief he perpetrates this year,” O’Neil says.
“There is a lot of buzz and excitement surrounding the Globes that are not surrounding the Oscars.”
The 2012 Academy Awards — which air Feb. 26 — have instead been trying to deflect attention away from the recent loss of producer Brett Ratner and host Eddie Murphy.
Comedian Billy Crystal — who has emceed the event eight times between 1990 and 2004 — came to the show’s rescue in November.
But at 63, is he simply too old to recapture Oscar’s former glory — and the 40 million-plus who once tuned in?
“Billy Crystal was the perfect guy at the perfect cultural moment,” says TV expert Bob Thompson at Syracuse University.
“But he is a lot older now. This moment is very, very different. One of my students actually said to me, ‘Isn’t Billy Crystal dead?’ ”
O’Neil believes Oscar producers should simply give up trying to pander to the Twitter generation.
“And by picking the rent-a-clowns from New York — Jon Stewart, Chris Rock and David Letterman — who were totally inappropriate hosts for the Oscars, they were trying to be totally cool and edgy and it backfired.
“Now they are going with a Hollywood insider who is a proven maestro.”
Gervais, meanwhile, has vowed nothing is off limits for his Globes return on January 15.
“Or I wouldn’t do it,” he tells The BBC. “Where is the fun in that? Get someone who can read [cue cards], because I am not very good at that.”
Last year, Gervais came under fire for attacking Charlie Sheen, Scientology and even the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
“The greatest thing about him is . . . you don’t know what he is going to do,” Globes producer Barry Adelman tells The Post.
“Of course it scares you, but at the end of the day it keeps you on your toes, which is good for everybody.
“Our approach is we want to throw a big party to celebrate the best of the year in movies and television, and we want people to have a great time when they are at that party. I think that spills over into the television viewing audience.”Read More »
Q: Who runs the HFPA?
Dr. Aida: A president, vice-president, executive secretary, treasurer and board of directors are elected from among the members each year. The general membership meets monthly and has the final say on all decisions. The HFPA also has four full-time employees, who are not members.
CultureM: How is the HFPA funded?
Dr. Aida: The HFPA receives substantial licensing fees for the network broadcasting rights to the Golden Globe Awards and from associated activities such as Golden Globe Awards pre-shows.
CultureM: Apart from running the Association, how is this money used?
Dr. Aida: The HFPA has an annual grants program that distributes sums among various entertainment-related non-profits and to entertainment-related scholarships at major educational institutions. In 2010, the HFPA gave grants totaling a record $1,541,000, bringing their overall donations to more than $12 million.
Each year HFPA members interview more than 400 actors, directors, writers and producers, as well as reporting from film sets and seeing more than 300 films. Members also attend film festivals in other countries in order to seek out interesting and innovative foreign language films and establish cultural bonds with directors, actors, jurors and fellow journalists around the world.
Membership meetings are held monthly and the officers and directors are elected annually. A maximum of five journalists are admitted to the organization each year. All members are accredited by the Motion Picture Association of America.
As the international box office has dramatically expanded in recent years, so the Globes’ prestige has increased. The awards now have the distinction of being one of the three most-watched award shows on television.
In a letter to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Catherine Berclaz writes:
“I wanted to send you a quick update on Pablove Shutterbugs Photography Program along with some photos from our LA and NY classes. This year with the help of your $5,000 grant we had 42 students graduate from our photography program for pediatric cancer patients. Our students are patients from CHLA, Cedars-Sinai and NYU Langone Medical Center. Each child received a camera kit which was theirs to keep and also completed our 8 week course.
The program was a huge success and we have received interest from many of our students to continue learning about photography. We already have patients on our waiting list in New York and Los Angeles to attend our 2012 Pablove Shutterbugs Program because of the success of the program. We will be expanding our program to more than double our students in 2012 in both cities.
I want to thank you for your support of Pablove Shutterbugs and enabling us to teach these eager students to develop their creative voice through the art of photography.”Read More »
For the first time the TV network Vh1 India will air the Golden Globe awards show in the world’s second most populated country.
The 69th Golden Globe Awards will be held on January 15 2012 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. It will be broadcasted in over 160 countries and seen by an estimated half a billion people around the globe.
Vh1 India channel head Ferzad Palia confirmed: “The Golden Globe Awards are one of the world’s most watched events”.
And he explained his network’s commitment to quality TV: “Keeping up our tradition of showcasing the best in international entertainment, it is an honour for Vh1 India to play home to this iconic property”.
The HFPA recently played host to one of India’s superstars, Shah Rukh Khan (left) who enthused about India’s flourishing movie industry and its increasing interest in being a player in the international film and TV market.
HFPA member Meher Tatna who is one of the journalists representing India considers India a movie loving society “which produces many more films than Hollywood. Indians are a truly enthusiastic film audience“ .
Added Vh1’s Ferzad Palia: “India can look forward to tons of excitement as we build up to show day.”
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Three times Golden Globe nominee Ken Russell has died. He was 84.
The film director whose most memorable films were Tommy, Women In Love and The Devils died in a hospital on Sunday the director’s son, Alex Russell said.
His widow Elize Tribble said she was ‘devastated’ by her husband’s death, which had been ‘completely unexpected’.
She said: ‘It is with great sadness that I can confirm that Ken Russell passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday afternoon.
‘It was completely unexpected, as he was doing what he loved.
‘He had recently agreed to direct the feature film Alice In Wonderland The Musical and he was working on the script and casting of that.
‘He also had just completed an article for The Times on a review of the re-release of his film The Devils, so he was keeping himself very busy’.
Music played a central role in much of his work including The Music Lovers, and Tommy and Lisztomania.
His Golden Globe nominations were for Women in Love (Best Motion Picture Drama) 1971; The Boy Friend 1972 and Tommy 1976 (both Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical).Read More »
After a decade making movies in London, Paris and Rome, Woody Allen is ready to come home.
The Golden Globe-winning filmmaker told members of the Hollywood Foreign Press at an informal reception in New York that his next movie will be in the USA.
He did not see a two-part documentary on his life which was screened by PBS over two nights because, he said, he preferred to watch a football game one night and he was playing his clarinet at the Carlyle Hotel the next.
The 75-year-old Allen has been nominated for a Golden Globe 11 times and won for his screenplay for Purple Rose of Cairo.
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Variety’s Peter Debruge writes:
“We consider this category very important because it gives us the feeling that we are international journalists,” says Serge Rakhlin, chairman of the Globes’ foreign language category, pointing out the org’s members travel to many festivals over the course of the year.
Whereas the Academy adheres to a decades-old system in which a committee from each country picks one film to compete, the HFPA will consider any overseas pic submitted and screened for the org, provided it opened abroad within the prior 14 months.
“Unlike the Academy, we don’t accept just one per country,” Rakhlin says. “By our rules, they can submit as many as they want. There’s no limit.”
That’s important for countries such has France, Italy and Spain, which produce many quality features each year. The Academy forces them to choose. “Remember, the Oscar goes to the country, not the filmmaker,” says Mark Johnson, chair of the Acad’s foreign-language film exec committee. That is seldom easy for a country like Belgium, uniquely divided between two language factions — French and Flemish.
Belgium’s committee raised eyebrows this year after picking “Bullhead,” the winner of six Flanders Film Awards, over French-language Cannes grand jury winner “The Kid With a Bike,” directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.
“The Dardenne brothers are like icons,” says “Bullhead” helmer Michael R. Roskam, who fully expected the crowd-pleasing “Kid” to get Belgium’s bid over his film, a thriller inspired by murder and corruption perpetrated by the country’s “hormone mafia” in the ’90s.
“It’s an honor, not only to be the representative of your country, but to have such a strong film as your competitor,” says Roskam, whose pic won the audience prize at AFI earlier this month.
Roskam wasn’t the only one surprised by Belgium’s choice. The committee had previously submitted three Dardenne pics — “Rosetta,” “The Son” and “The Child,” none of which was nommed — and many consider “Kid,” which features a genuine movie star in Cecile de France, to be the Dardennes’ most optimistic and Oscar-friendly film yet.
“We believe there are people who really did not want it to be our film,” confides Luc Dardenne. “We could say that our quasi-celebrity status in other countries made certain people jealous, and it can probably be pinned down to that.”
Whereas the HFPA will consider both “Bullhead” and “Kid” for its foreign-language prize, the Academy is at the mercy of such political maneuvers in other countries. Another 2011 scandal involves Russia’s choice of “The Citadel,” Nikita Mikhalkov’s critically panned follow-up to his Oscar-winning 1994 pic “Burnt by the Sun,” for Acad consideration. Passed over were such celebrated alternatives as “Elena” (from “The Return” director Andrei Zvyagintsev) and Aleksandr Sokurov’s “Faust” (which won the Golden Lion at Venice).
“Being from Russia originally, I can tell you there are people who say there are better films to represent the country,” says Rakhlin, pointing out that the only Russian pic up for Globes contention this year is “Elena.” “I’m glad we have this film because it was not submitted for Oscar.”
The HFPA’s approach is also better suited to accommodate international co-productions.
“I sort of refer to it as ‘The Motorcycle Diaries’ problem,” Johnson says. “We were taken to task for not having nominated the movie, but it was never submitted. For whatever reason, no country would claim it, probably because it was such an international film.” The film did receive two other noms, original song and adapted screenplay, winning the former.
How is that possible? With the Oscars, foreign language is the only feature category in which films do not need a one-week qualifying run on Los Angeles screens to be eligible, though doing so technically allows them to compete in other categories.
That happened in 2002, when Spain selected “Mondays in the Sun” over Pedro Almodovar’s “Talk to Her,” which went on to win a screenwriting Oscar. Spain has taken criticism this year for choosing Agusti Villaronga’s “Black Bread” instead of Almodovar’s “The Skin I Live in.”
Such decisions are inevitably painful and potentially controversial. Films can slip through the cracks with the Globes as well, though Rakhlin and other members often go out of their way to encourage producers of quality foreign pics to submit — the more the merrier.
“Theoretically, if two masterpieces come from the same country, why not consider them both?” he says.
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Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog stopped by to meet the Hollywood Foreign Press and talk about their movie comeback after ten years out of the public eye.
They have been resurrected for Disney’s The Muppets, a star-studded PG-rated $40 million musical comedy in which they reunite and join new Muppet Walter to try to save the original Muppet Theater from being demolished by an evil oil baron.
The story calls for Miss Piggy, with blond hair perfectly coiffed and a string of pearls around her neck, to have a climactic showdown with a rival who is trying to take her place.
“There is only one Miss Piggy” declares the porcine movie star.Read More »
At the Belgian Comic Book Center in Brussels the contemporary cartoonist Bart Hofman (photo) introduced the delegation to the history of the cartoon series which lasted from the late Twenties to Hergé’s death in 1983 and sold over 350 million copies until today.
The members attended the premiere of TINTIN in Paris, France, where Steven Spielberg called his film an homage to „one of the great icons of popular culture“.Read More »