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Golden Globes : IT'S A SCAM!!!

labRat

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Hollywood's Dirty Little Secret

Just finished watching CeeBeeCee's Passionate Eye, and the had a special on how the Golden Globe Awards are a scam ( http://www.cbc.ca/passionateeyesunday/feature_180104.html ).

The organisers, Hollywood Foreign Press Assoc, are basically a bunch of nobody's. A few credible journalists, a few b-movie directors, and a lot of old people. About 80 people in total nominate and vote for the awards. 80. That's it.

There was at least one obvious instance where a complete unknown had won an award back in the early eighties. The movie hadn't even hit the screens in north america. She basically won because her rich hubby paid them off.

Now, I'm not one to care too much about holywood (sic), but it's interesting to see this shit.

It's the laughing stock in Hollywood, they only recently attend the events and give a rats ass because it's a selling feature to their movies. Mo' awards, mo' tickets, mo' money, no problem.

One good quote in the documentary:
Jeffrey Wells:
"With relatively few exceptions, the HFPA members are a bunch of eager-beaver pseudo-journalists (a fair portion of them write for publications in Germany and Japan) who smile much too broadly and get far too excited when celebrities are in the room. They're not ardent admirers of the art of motion pictures as much as people who appreciate huge bowls of tasty shrimp sitting on studio-supplied buffet tables. They're pigs who squeal on cue in order to flatter Hollywood and keep themselves feeding at the trough."
http://www.moviepoopshoot.com/elsewhere/133.html

It airs again this coming Friday (Jan 23) for those interested in watching it.
 

labRat

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i'm clearly not a journalist. please excuse my horrible writing skills as presented above. it's late.
 

rejenerate

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I've always wondered why there IS a "Hollywood Foreign Press Assocation," who they are, and why they matter.

~jen
 
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labRat

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I don't think anyone gets excited about the GG awards, however, when I see films promoting themselves with these worthless awards it's a clear sign that Hollywood is using it as false leverage.

I doubt that many people really know that these awards are worth as much as siskel's flacid weiner.
 

Stormshadow

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by labRat
I doubt that many people really know that these awards are worth as much as siskel's flacid weiner.
if his weiner isn't flacid, i'd be worried.

he has been dead for years now.
 

labRat

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Oh ya, I thought it was the other guy that died - shemp or curly or whatever.

Regardless, they're probably both worth the same. In whatever state.
 
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labRat

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Originally posted by kerouacdude
as I posted the CNN article about this doc a week ago.;)
ah ... but it was buried in that thread.

this deserves it's own thread. THE TRUTH NEEDS TO BE HEARD!!!
 

kmac

TRIBE Member
I want to be a part of the HFPA. I want free shit and autographs from sexy celebrities like Brad Pitt. ;)
 

labRat

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by beaker
this documentary was hilarious. the danish reporter was so pathetic...
all her comments were around the celebrities and their love lives ...

"oh mel gibson, he's such a great actor. and he's been married for 20 years - such a great role model"

"and here's janet jackson and myself. she was going through a brutal split at this time."

"steve martin. such a great guy. and recently single. it must be difficult to hold up a personal love life doing what he does."
 

silver1

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I knew the Golden Globes were a sham. They're on the same day that Jebediah Springfield was at the battle of Ticonderoga! How could he be in two places at the same time?!?!?
 
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mutslaster

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Originally posted by labRat
all her comments were around the celebrities and their love lives ...
hahah the best was when she talked about james brown and how he is the musician she respects most--- "i love his lyrics, his rhythms... i knew after i interviewed him i could do anybody."

matt busts out of his room, completely incredulous: "HIS LYRICS?"

meanwhile she's dancing along with one of those singing dancing james brown toys. fucking freak.
 

Klubmasta Will

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i haven't seen the documentary but it sounds like a bunch of pissy movie critics slinging mud at another group of movie critics.

out of all the members of the 'academy of motion picture arts and sciences', i'm sure you'd be able to find a bunch that are star-eyed freaks, morons and/or losers. ditto for the 'directors guild', the 'writers guild' and all the losers that vote in 'the peoples choice awards'.

Jeffrey Wells:
"With relatively few exceptions, the HFPA members are a bunch of eager-beaver pseudo-journalists (a fair portion of them write for publications in Germany and Japan) who smile much too broadly and get far too excited when celebrities are in the room. They're not ardent admirers of the art of motion pictures as much as people who appreciate huge bowls of tasty shrimp sitting on studio-supplied buffet tables. They're pigs who squeal on cue in order to flatter Hollywood and keep themselves feeding at the trough."
dear jeffrey wells:

1. all movie critics are "pseudo-jouranlists". don't fucking kid yourself.

2. what is wrong with germany and japan? just because they were on the wrong side of WW2 doesn't mean they don't have good newspapers.

3. anyone who tries to stereotype the entire membership of the 'hollywood foreign press' like that is probably equally shitty and stereotypical when reviewing movies.

4. you're an ass. i don't know but i think i hate you.
 

gollum

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Yeah I find this whole concept funny, its not like the Oscars are any better. Just look at any of the movies that one in the last 5 years.

There were much better movies but just not popular. The whole "award show" thing is lame. Just a promotional gimic. And a way to make money.
cheers
 

labRat

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Originally posted by Klubmasta Will
i haven't seen the documentary but it sounds like a bunch of pissy movie critics slinging mud at another group of movie critics.

out of all the members of the 'academy of motion picture arts and sciences', i'm sure you'd be able to find a bunch that are star-eyed freaks, morons and/or losers. ditto for the 'directors guild', the 'writers guild' and all the losers that vote in 'the peoples choice awards'.
the main problem was that a majority of the members of hfpa are not even film critics or journalists. at least the other awards have some credibility in who decides on the winners.
 

kerouacdude

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Originally posted by Klubmasta Will
i haven't seen the documentary but it sounds like a bunch of pissy movie critics slinging mud at another group of movie critics.

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Nah, not even close. Anyone who's followed the industry has known for years that the Hollywood Foreign Press are pretty much just a bunch of fans who've managed to find themselves a credit somewhere, anywhere. The Academy are peers.

The fact they make some decent picks is due to the fact that they read Variety just like you and I.

As far as the Japan comment, I think it was about the fact that a lot of movie "journalism" there is essentially utter devotional fandom (think Tribute magazine times 10 - and you wouldn't want Marilyn Dennis or Elaine Loring or whoever runs that to be making film picks, would you?). Germany, i haven't a clue what that means.

Do you ever watch the press conferences on Rogers during the festival?
You ever see that weirdo lady who identifies herself as from the Russian Jewish Times (or something like that) and without fail asks at least one (sometimes two) utterly bizarre and asinine questions to the actors and they usually respond with quizzical looks? It's kinda like the difference between her representing Toronto critics and someone like Bailey or Pevere. It was called film criticism and there still are some journalists who cover it - we've just been inundated with junkets and Ben Mulroney trying to make celeb friends by telling them he's the PM's son.
 
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rejenerate

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Originally posted by kerouacdude
Do you ever watch the press conferences on Rogers during the festival?
You ever see that weirdo lady who identifies herself as from the Russian Jewish Times (or something like that) and without fail asks at least one (sometimes two) utterly bizarre and asinine questions to the actors and they usually respond with quizzical looks?
I love that woman!! :) I watch those press conferences just waiting for her to ask something. I remember after a 5-minute question to Denzel Washington, he just stared at her, not understanding what she was trying to say.

~jen
 

kerouacdude

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Originally posted by rejenerate
I love that woman!! :) I watch those press conferences just waiting for her to ask something. I remember after a 5-minute question to Denzel Washington, he just stared at her, not understanding what she was trying to say.

~jen
ugh, I don't even find it to be comic relief, she's so painful to listen to - her voice, the fact she seems to be making up the question on the spot, etc. It's like listening to university tutorial douchebags of yore.
 
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