Do Golden Globes Have Greater Meaning?

The glamour … The glory … And my aching feet.

Having just returned from the 60th annual Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles, I gaze out the window of my office down to the icy, potholed streets of New York City and think, "Shoot, back to reality."

After getting lost in the pageantry of it all and taking numerous jabs at Lara Flynn Boyle's hideous outfit (a ballerina tutu with high-heeled lace-up toe shoes), I am left to reflect on what it all means. What does life's fortune hold if you take home a Golden Globe statuette?

First of all, the Golden Globes are fun. At other shows, you're stuck for three-plus hours wriggling in theater-like seats. At the Golden Globes, you get to sit at a table with friends and colleagues. Even if you lose, you drown your sorrows in a bevy of beverages.

A victory, however, means you have all the more reason to get ripped and make the rounds, trophy in hand, at the after-show parties.

You're a BSOC — Big Star On Campus — and the victory virtually guarantees you a ticket to the Big Dance.

That's right. With a Globe under your belt, you are about 80 percent likely to have a crack at the little fellow who can earn you loads of cash — Oscar. Political Nominations

On your way to Golden Globe glory, you may garner a boatload of honors — a New York Film Critics Award; a Chicago, Boston or L.A. Film Critics Award; a National Board of Review Award; a Broadcast Film Critics Award; and so forth and so on.

The question remains, however: "What's It All About, Alfie?"

Well, for the most part, winning is as much about politics as it is about talent. You may wonder why a nominee for best actor at one awards show competes for best supporting actor in another. You may also wonder why that actor's movie is sometimes considered a comedy, and at other times a drama.

The studios create this hodgepodge of entries. It's based not on deservedness, but on strategy to score the biggest number of overall awards.

You see, if a two-page newspaper ad says a film won eight awards, you're more likely to go see it than if it had won only two — even if they two it won were legitimate and the others were poppycock. Gangs of New York is now touting two Golden Globes. Yes — one for director Martin Scorsese, the other for best song. Who the heck goes to see a movie because it won best song?

Here's an example: Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman star in The Hours, released by Paramount. All three women have roughly the same screen time and all three women were nominated for Golden Globes.

However, not all three women were entered in the same category. Streep and Kidman were nominated for best actress in a motion picture drama. Moore was nominated in the best supporting actress category. Why? you ask. What brings forth this injustice?

I'll tell you. It's because the studio submitted Moore in the supporting category. Studio honchos figured she was bound to get a nomination in the best actress category for Far From Heaven. If they spread out their nominations, they had a better chance of garnering two awards.

Say it isn't so! you cry. I'd like to, but it is so!

The injustices are even further reaching. We know the Oscars, unlike the Golden Globes, doesn't offer separate film awards for drama and musical/comedy.

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