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Column: The Golden Globes are more relevant than ever, but maybe not in the way…

by Ace Damon
Column: The Golden Globes are more relevant than ever, but maybe not in the way...

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The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. and the film academy share exactly one member – 92 years old Chinese journalist Lisa Lu – but despite this lack of overlap, the two voting groups share the same blind spots when it comes to their awards.

But first, I must start with a note of sadness. This year's nominations offered a definitive death toll for that crazy group of international journalists who would nominate any music movie, no matter how ridiculous or ridiculous or, in the case of "Burlesque," boring and obscene. Back then, if there was a movie starring Cher, the morning question of nominations would not be "if" but "how many".

It is revealing, then, that a group that named Joel Schumacher's agonizing adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Weber's "The Phantom of the Opera" 15 years ago would deign to give only one nomination to "Cats," the latest musical title by Lloyd Weber to theaters. The inspiration behind countless memes since their trauma induction trailer debuted in July (warning: once watched, it can't be erased from memory), "Cats" would have dominated the names of the Globes until recently. Now? "We taste better," one HFPA member told me, conveniently ignoring the group's "Jojo Rabbit" nomination for best film, musical or comedy.

You may remember that "Green Book" and "Bohemian Rhapsody" won the best gold film in January. Which movie was a comedy / musical and which was a drama? You are on your own. What I mean is that the Globe ceremony, consistently a more entertaining show than the Oscars in recent years, something of an impact on the most prestigious Oscar. And that may be truer than ever on this year's abbreviated awards calendar, with the Oscars taking place two weeks earlier.

After close scrutiny, the idea of ​​an HFPA that loves giveaways and pockets giveaways has not been entirely true for some years. So why can't its 87 active voting members come together when it comes to rewarding women-directed movies and television series … or at least movies and shows? about women?

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In the 91-year history of the Oscars, only five women were nominated to honor the director. This is the same number of women that HFPA voters have recognized over the 77 years of the Golden Globe (HFPA has named two of them, Barbra Streisand and Kathryn Bigelow twice). And despite several worthy candidates this year – Greta Gerwig ("Little Women") and Lulu Wang ("The Farewell") among them – it's a number that has remained steady after Monday's nominations.

And I don't hold my breath, expecting Oscar voters to increase next month when the film academy announces their nominations.

"How do you correct centuries of patriarchal domination?" Asked filmmaker Jane Campion at the October Film Academy's Governors Awards.

If you're the HFPA, you might start by not naming Joker Director Todd Phillips as Gerwig and Wang. Yes, this unbalanced and parting comic book has grossed over $ 1 billion worldwide. He is also in a 59 on Metacritic Film Analysis Aggregator, an abysmal score for a movie considered worthy to be included among the best of the year.

And if you're the HFPA, you might not overlook one of Ava DuVernay's most acclaimed and certainly most relevant and desperately needed limited series of the year, in favor of, say, Hulu's death. on arrival "Catch-22", just because you want to rub shoulders with George Clooney at the ceremony.

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But the show will continue, hosted again by Ricky Gervais, who, if past history is any indication, will brandish his own criticism of the HFPA during the ceremony. And he, in turn, is likely to be baked on social media, where there is even less tolerance for his humor of pushing envelopes since the last time he appeared in 2016.

People will be paying attention. Oscar nomination ballots will not be released when the Globe takes place on January 5. Impressions can be made. Stump speeches can be floated. Alcohol can be consumed and possibly used to facilitate more casual acceptance of the destination and location of the machines in the prize season.

The nominated films – Netflix's trifecta of "The Irishman", "Marriage Story" and "The Two Popes", and the upcoming war drama "1917" and (wince) "Joker" – will produce a winner ( probably "The Irishman", perhaps "1917") who will compete for the night's attention with the comedy / musical winner (let's guess "Once upon a time … in Hollywood").

This year's wrinkles come from the belief of many, including members of the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. (I'm a voter) that the best movie of the year is "Parasite" by Bong Joon Ho. International films have their own Golden Globe category and are not eligible to compete for drama or comedy / musical film. But the appointment of Bong by the HFPA director indicates strong support for the film. You will surely win the Globe for foreign language feature.

What can this mean for the Oscars? It still seems exaggerated that a film from South Korea, a country that has never had a foreign-language film (a category that the film academy has renamed as an "international resource" this year), would not only earn a nomination, but also win. The best picture.

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But “Parasite” is an extraordinary movie and explores social inequalities in ways that seem new and necessary at the moment. He didn't make $ 1 billion, but his current domestic revenue of $ 20 million is impressive for a South Korean movie. And it has received almost $ 125 million worldwide. Many academy members love this movie with passion; I talked to several who are putting on top of their best photo banknotes.

If the Hollywood Foreign The press really wanted to reflect international cinema, they would go to "Parasite" just like "Rome" last year, giving Bong the director award and honoring the script he wrote with Han Ji Won. But this kind of insight seems like a leap forward for an organization that today resides in the middle ground between its disreputable past and a position worthy of a true group of critics. Honestly: I would like them more if they had named "Cats". At least they would have a distinct identity.

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