Intro for January 12, 2016
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Oscar campaigning is like Homecoming election in high school for prom king and queen. There are factions. And, after the Golden Globes on Sunday, the factions are apparently mobilising. According to Scott Feinberg at The Hollywood Reporter, other studios are pissed that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association went seemingly heavy on films from Fox, including The Revenant, The Martian, and Joy, suggesting that Fox must have been, um, nicer to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association than everyone else.
Oh come on. The obviousness of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is why the running theme from Ricky Gervais at the Globes is that they don’t f-cking matter. Or maybe they do. Because there are still a LOT of people who aren’t educated by the internet on how Hollywood really works. (Probably overlapped with the same people who don’t know about John Travolta.) They believe everything they see on TV. They don’t know that it was only 90 people, the size of the membership of the HFPA, most of whom are fanboys and fangirls, who decided on the award winners on Sunday night. So when they’re watching the Golden Globes and they see someone on stage holding a trophy, they really do believe that that person was indeed the universally acknowledged “best and most outstanding”. And the next weekend, they’ll go see that movie.
So it’s about the money. Well, sh-t, if it’s just about the money, just spend more money making the HFPA happy. How hard can that be?
No, Lainey, you asshole, it’s about the ART.
Yours in gossip,
PS. Thanks again for all your emails and tweets yesterday. And again, a reminder, please click through all the pages – the Golden Globe posts span over 5 of them – to get caught up on all stories.