Jewish World Review Jan 3, 2012/ 8 Teves, 5772
The Golden Globes are meaningless
By Barry Koltnow
http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The Golden Globes mean nothing.
Oh, you want an explanation?
Before we start, I should acknowledge my long-standing dislike for the Globes and the small group that votes for them - the Hollywood Foreign Press Association of Schmoozing Journalists.
I don't dismiss them because they once threw me bodily out of one of their press conferences, even though I had been invited by HBO, which organized the press conference. These foreign journalists don't like to share their free buffets with American journalists.
In fact, the entire incident amused me, as does their habit of forcing their interview subjects to pose with each of them individually so that they can send the photos back to their editors to prove that they're actually working in Los Angeles and not just eating endless free buffets.
My problem with the organization is that I question the motives behind some of their selections, which were announced Thursday in an early morning ceremony.
I believe they make some selections based solely on star power so that they will guarantee a star-studded turnout for their annual televised Golden Globes party. I also believe they make certain selections based on which stars show up for their press conferences, and which studios paid for their buffets.
But I have digressed from my annual Golden Globes rant. When I said that the Golden Globes mean nothing, I meant that they mean nothing of permanence in the minds of people in Hollywood.
They certainly mean something for the next month or so because studios use the Globes to sell tickets to movies that might have been overlooked in the crush of the holiday season, and actors and actresses use them to stimulate their Oscar campaigns.
And that in a nutshell is the problem with the Golden Globes. They are not the Oscars.
The only time people in Hollywood mention their Golden Globe win is during the nine days between the Golden Globes telecast and the morning the Oscar nominations are announced. Once we are in Oscar season, the Golden Globes are forgotten like a day-old buffet.
The reason is that people in Hollywood have a bit of an ego. Did that really surprise you?
They enjoy the life afforded them by success in movies. Such a life brings an obscene amount of money, gorgeous homes and travel in private jets. It's a good life.
But the creature comforts that come with a movie star's existence are not enough for these people. It's never enough for these people.
They are not as shallow as you might assume. Yes, they live in the moment, but they also think about their legacy, and that's why the Golden Globes mean nothing.
I call it the "Celebrity Obituary Effect."
While actors and actresses enjoy being recognized in the moment, they care more about how they are going to be remembered when they're gone.
When a celebrity dies, they are never - let me repeat that, NEVER - referred to as "Golden Globe-winning actor (fill in the name) drove off a cliff in the Hollywood Hills."
However, all you have to do is get nominated for an Academy Award, and you are forever anointed with the title "Oscar-nominated actor." An Oscar win is even better.
Trust me on this; I have asked dozens of Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated actors and actresses about this, and they all accept the existence of the Celebrity Obituary Effect, although I'm probably the only person on the planet who uses that name to describe it.
We are a nation without an official royal family (the Kardashians don't count), so the privileged class in Hollywood can't call themselves a Count or a Princess, without leaving the profession and moving to a principality somewhere.
Therefore, they hunger for the title "Oscar-winning," and will settle for the lesser "Oscar-nominated" if necessary.
But "Golden Globe-nominated" or "Screen Actor's Guild-nominated" or "National Board of Review-nominated?" Not likely.
However, I don't want to spoil the party. Just because the Golden Globes mean nothing to the people who are winning them doesn't mean that you can't enjoy the three-hour telecast, which will air Jan. 15 on NBC.
Although the awards are meaningless in the grand scheme of things, the annual show is known as "the best awards party of the year." Some of that hype comes from NBC, of course, but much of the hype comes from fawning TV journalists who want to make sure they get invited to the party. Nobody wants to offend the Hollywood Foreign Press Association of Schmoozing Journalists in fear that the group will rescind the invitation.
And why is it such a good party? It's certainly not the significance of the award that makes the night so special. No, the reason that the Golden Globes telecast seems like so much more fun than the Oscars telecast is pretty basic.
They serve alcohol at the Golden Globes.
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