I can’t believe I’ve gone this long without ever addressing the scam that is The Golden Globe Awards. I’m a huge cinephile, and like many film fans, I try to never pass up an opportunity to ridicule the Oscars and their long atrocious history of snubbing most of the greatest films of all time that were timeless and have clearly stood the test of time in favor of flavor of the month and ultimately entirely forgettable films.
For instance, what do King Kong, Citizen Kane, Double Indemnity, The Third Man, Vertigo, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Apocalypse Now, Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Fight Club, The Matrix, Memento, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and The Dark Knight have in common? None of them won Best Picture at the Oscars. In fact, some of them weren’t even nominated. And the vast majority of them lost to films you’ve either never heard of (at least in the case of the older films) or films that you haven’t thought about in years. Sure, there are exceptions. For instance, Star Wars lost to Annie Hall, which is generally considered Woody Allen’s greatest film. But while it is indeed great, it’s no Star Wars by any stretch of the imagination. And of Fight Club and The Matrix competed in the same year, along with several other great films from 1999 (one of the best years is cinema history), but while I love that year’s winner, American Beauty, it was not better than Fight Club or The Matrix. There’s Pulp Fiction, which lost to Forrest Gump. When was the last year you decided to watch that film? Or more importantly, when was Forrest Gump ever taught in a Film class? And Citizen Kane, the film that inevitably appears on every reputable film critic’s top ten list of greatest films of all time, lost to How Green Was My Valley. You saw that film, right? Nah? Nobody living today has either.
But this article isn’t about the Oscars, which for all their poor populist selection decisions, at least the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is honest in its selection process. They have bad taste in films, but at least they’re honest.
The same can’t be said of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), who select The Golden Globe Awards. Who are the HFPA? Well given the word “Press” in their name, you might suspect they’re journalists of some form or another, right? You’d be wrong though. Most of its members don’t write a thing and their association has no credibility among actual journalists. In fact, they’re seen as “bottom-feeders” and the awards are assumed by most to be bought.
However, all that being said, that doesn’t mean they can’t be fun to watch anyway. Especially thanks to last night’s host, Ricky Gervais, who after delivering some hilariously audacious comedy at the expense of many celebrities as well as the HFPA itself, ended the evening with the best closing line I’ve ever heard from an award show:
“… And thank you to god for making me an atheist.”
- Ricky Gervais Thanks God for Making Him an Atheist at the Golden Globes (friendlyatheist.com)
- Ricky Gervais Ends Golden Globes By Thanking God For Making Him An Atheist (mediaite.com)
- Ricky Gervais too funny for Hollywood (omg.yahoo.com)
- Ricky Gervais too funny for Hollywood – Reuters (news.google.com)