Golden Globes = Big Snooze; ‘Avatar’, ‘The Hangover’, ‘Mad Men’ And ‘Glee’ Come Out On Top
Not even acerbic funnyman Ricky Gervais could save this years Golden Globes ceremony from tanking. With the mess going on behind-the-scenes at NBC and the horror in Haiti, it was more difficult than ever for the celebrities to take this event seriously — much less the viewers.
As made evident by the countless “thank yous” in each acceptance speech, this glitzy ceremony is presented every year by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Although it sounds like a group as large as the U.N., it’s actually composed of less than a hundred international film journalists. The HFPA has often been scrutinized for accepting gifts from the studios in exchange for nominations. That’s why none of matters. It’s about celebrating ratings, not art. That’s just fine for NBC, I guess.
Speaking of NBC, next to thanking the HFPA, it was the most mentioned –and reviled– subject of the evening. At one point, Gervais joked:
Let’s get on with it before NBC replace me with Jay Leno.