By James Hirsen
Sunday evening, from the ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the yearly Hollywood ritual of awarding Golden Globes played out. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the liberal organization behind the Globes, has scant credibility within the entertainment industry itself. However, the Globes are considered valuable by executives, studios, and other film and television related businesses, particularly in terms of its public relations effect and potential impact on Academy Awards voting members.
In an apparent attempt to limit the influence of the Globes, for the first time in its history the Academy moved up its Oscar nominations announcement so that the Golden Globes ceremony would instead trail. The HFPA includes both film and television awards and gives separate nominations for the drama category and comedy or musical category, allowing for more celebrity nominees to be present in the audience. [more...]