Random Factoid #510

20 12 2010

Shocked by the Golden Globe nominations?  Most people were by the comedy category, which included double-dip Best Actor nominee Johnny Depp and Best Picture nominees “Alice in Wonderland,” “Burlesque,” and “The Tourist” – all of which were widely panned by critics.

A lot of people didn’t look much into it, knowing that the HFPA (the voting body) loves a good flashy musical, celebrities, and box office money.  Basically, have a musical number in your movie and you have a Best Picture nomination – “Nine,” “Mamma Mia,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Across the Universe,” and many more stand as a testament.

But what you might not know is how the group can almost literally be bought.  Here’s a report from Cinematical that could very well have your jaw on the floor:

“Sony Pictures flew members of the HFPA to Las Vegas for a last minute pitch for ‘Burlesque’ (put out by their Screen Gems division). The package included ‘luxury hotel accommodations, free meals and a private concert performed by the film’s star, Cher.’ The film then went on to receive three Golden Globe nominations including the aforementioned Best Picture nod and two for Best Original Song, one of them performed in the film by … Cher.”

For those keeping score at home, that’s as many nominations as “127 Hours” and three more than “True Grit.”  I don’t know how qualified I am to make a judgment call on this because for all I know, this could be standard in the industry during awards season.  But out of any sort of context, it seems a sort of cruel bribery that enough money and glitter can buy a Best Picture nomination, bringing more people to the theater.

So, does this make you trust the Globes less?  Bemoan them all the more?  Clap louder when “The Kids Are All Right” inevitably triumphs?


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