Golden Globes Came So Close to Credibility, and Then Blew It Again This Year (Column)

Variety | 12/12/2019 | Michael Schneider
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Last year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. (HFPA) made some bold choices when it came to Golden Globes TV nominations and winners. For a moment, it appeared that perhaps the organization had finally shed itself of the stereotype that its members were a bit tone-deaf to what or who actually deserved the award.

Well, hold on now. The 2020 Golden Globe Award noms, announced on Dec. 9, featured quite a few head-scratching picks — offering up a reminder that the small, rag-tag group of international journalists still has a long way to go before reaching full credibility.

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As one of my colleagues wrote on Twitter, “The Golden Globes are gonna Golden Globes.” And boy, did they Globe it. The most glaring omission came as voters completely shut out Netflix’s “When They See Us” in the limited series categories — and yet found room for George Clooney’s long-forgotten “Catch-22.”

Netflix managed a stunning 17 Globes nominations this year on the TV side, and another whopping 17 in film.

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But the streamer’s power couldn’t get the HFPA’s 90 or so members to nominate “When They See Us,” a compelling and heartbreaking look at the wrongfully accused young men formerly known as the Central Park Five.

Executive-produced and directed by Ava DuVernay, the limited series won an Emmy in September for star Jharrel Jerome. Although ultimately overshadowed by HBO’s “Chernobyl” with most major wins (including limited series), at least it was recognized with 16 Emmy nominations. The Globes? Zero.

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But that’s not the only confounding choice this time. A year ago, the Globes made history by awarding “Killing Eve” leading lady Sandra Oh the first-ever TV drama actress award for a woman of Asian descent. This year, Oh wasn’t even nominated.

Less surprising, but still disappointing, was the Globes’ missed opportunity to be the first awards show to recognize Regina...
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