Hollywood Foreign Press Association

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Given that the prevailing opinion among many circles seems to be that Hollywood awards shows are just an excuse for rich, pretty people to give themselves one more yearly pat on the back for being spectacular, they’ve recently become hard to sell to the viewing public. Gone is the reverence we used to have for old Hollywood and in its place are complaints that watching celebrities receive seemingly arbitrarily decided awards is boring, formulaic, and even a little pompous. Despite these sentiments, Ricky Gervais seemed to crack the code on how to present an awards show to a modern audience when he used his hosting duties at the 2010 Golden Globes to poke fun at the whole affair, call the governing body that gives out the awards corrupt, and basically just take the piss out of every famous face in the audience who didn’t have the good sense to stay home. It was a good formula, one that drew ratings and that led to Gervais being asked back to host two more times, but this year Tina Fey and Amy Poehler took over hosting duties and proved that the deed could also be done another way. With Fey and Poehler at the forefront, gone was the bitterness and awkwardly biting insult humor, and in its place was charm and good-natured silliness. Gone was the cynical mocking of the award-giving process, and in its place was the sense that while awards might not be all that important, they can still be […]

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We take these things for granted (until there’s a writer’s strike), but it seems natural that every January, there will be a Golden Globes presentation where actors get drunk and start yelling at each other while brandishing blunt metal objects. In fact, they should make a reality show out of it. Sadly, the awards show where the awards mean about as much as the points on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, might not air in 2012 because of a legal dispute that threatens to keep them in court either right up to December 2011 or well into March of 2012. One date would leave too little time to secure advertisers and network contracts while the other date leaves a 2012 show out the question completely. The case is between the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and show producer Dick Clark Productions. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the HFPA believes that Dick Clark Productions is attempting to take over complete control of the show by working a deal with NBC to produce the show through 2018 without the HFPA’s knowledge. Both are trying to get the trail date moved up, but if the show skips a year, it might give everyone time to forget they hate Ricky Gervais. Then they can hire him to tell hilarious jokes and people can feign shock despite being in on them from the beginning.

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Always the bridesmaid, never the bride, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and their Golden Globe Awards are certainly important this time of year — but they are no Academy Awards.

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