My Obsession at the Golden Globes

Lainey Posted by Lainey at December 13, 2016 16:25:07 December 13, 2016 16:25:07

One of Sarah’s beefs with this award season has been that Nocturnal Animals is not contending. She screened it at TIFF. She called it “flawless”. But no Oscar predictor has the film on the list for Best Picture even though many believe Sully could come in with a few nominations because of the Eastwood-Hanks Academy connection. Duana and I talk about Sully on this week’s episode of our Work podcast and how it was over-positively reviewed. But it’s almost blasphemy at this point not to say nice things whenever Clint Eastwood makes a movie. Same goes for Tom Hanks.

Anyway, Nocturnal Animals was actually nominated for 3 Golden Globe Awards yesterday by the Hollywood Foreign Press: Screenplay and Director nods for Tom Ford, and a supporting actor nod for Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Not sure, really, what impact, if any, that will have on the Academy and the Oscars but just a few days ago, Nocturnal Animals was called out for gifting the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. According to THR, Focus Features sent two bottles of Tom Ford fragrances to Golden Globe voters and the HFPA restricts gifts at $95. Tom Ford fragrances aren’t cheap. So the members were told they could keep one bottle but not both. That said, Nocturnal Animals is not the only film hustling up to the HFPA.

Other gifts that rival companies have distributed this year haven’t set off similar alarm bells. Lionsgate sent out copies of a Taschen-published coffee-table book, Los Angeles: Portrait of a City, which retails for $69.99 and was wrapped in a semi-transparent cover featuring La La Land’s Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone dancing. Fox Searchlight distributed posters for Jackie inspired by Andy Warhol’s portraits of the late Jacqueline Kennedy, with Natalie Portman in Kennedy’s place. And Roadside/Amazon opted for a poster of Manchester by the Sea signed by writer-director Kenneth Lonergan.

The difference here, obviously, is retail value and, well, usefulness/covetousness. Tom Ford fragrances are sold at a certain price point in stores. Tom Ford fragrances, however, pulled out of the warehouse, without going through the retail process first are probably cheaper or, at least, closer in line with the specialised gifts the other films were distributing. But who wouldn’t want a Tom Ford fragrance over a poster of Casey Affleck’s face? Please.

This, of course, isn’t news when it comes to the Golden Globes and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. We’ve talked about their shadiness for as long as I’ve been writing on this blog. Last year, I heard that the Outlander team got aggressively friendly with the HPFA and as you’ve seen, Outlander has always done well with Globe nominations, this year too.

Anyway, here’s Aaron Taylor-Johnson out shopping yesterday. My Obsession will be at the Globes. Why him and not Michael Shannon? Well, obviously, the HFPA is like me. For camera time, for red carpet interest level, obviously My Obsession, non? 


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