Blunders begone! Golden Globes burnish Hollywood credibility

Thu Jan 8, 2015 4:19pm EST
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Reuters) - Four years ago Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais turned his sharp tongue on voters of the awards show, ridiculing them for nominating the poorly reviewed Johnny Depp-Angelina Jolie action thriller "The Tourist."

"I haven't even seen 'The Tourist.' Who has? It must be good because it's nominated," he deadpanned at the 2011 awards, his last as host.

Those kinds of missteps may be a thing of the past for the Globes' organizer, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which has become a more respected arbiter in the Hollywood awards season, which kicks off with Sunday's Globes and ends with the Academy Awards on Feb. 22.

"There was a period a few years ago where it seemed like the best thing for a movie in the Oscar race was to lose at the Golden Globes," said Fandango's chief correspondent and awards expert, Dave Karger.

Take the Coen Brothers thriller "No Country for Old Men" and Kathryn Bigelow's war drama "The Hurt Locker," both of which lost out on the Golden Globes best drama accolade but went on to win the Best Picture Oscar in 2007 and 2008, respectively.

This year, surreal showbiz satire "Birdman" leads the film nominees with seven nods in the comedy/musical film categories while coming-of-age tale "Boyhood" has five nominations in the drama film categories.

Both have been warmly received by critics, who have bestowed numerous awards on them already, and both are hotly tipped as Oscar front-runners when nominations are announced next week.

For the most part, this year's Golden Globe nominees have echoed critical favorites, with "Birdman" star Michael Keaton expected to win for best actor in a comedy/musical, JK Simmons tipped for best supporting actor for "Whiplash," and Patricia Arquette to take best supporting actress for "Boyhood."   Continued...

Miss Golden Globe Greer Grammer poses at the announcement of nominations for the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California December 11, 2014. The awards will be presented on January 11, 2015. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok