By James Hirsen
The awards season is in high gear, and the time period leading up to the Oscars is now replete with shows that look and feel very much like the upcoming Academy Awards. Last night's 72nd Golden Globe Awards, as well as the upcoming Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and Critics' Choice Movie Awards, are likely to have a significant impact on the ultimate Academy Award winners.
The effects, however, may be manifesting themselves in very different ways. Various guild awards typically assert influence on individual categories; for example, the Directors Guild Awards should expectedly play a large role in determining the winner of the Academy's Best Director category. Hollywood insiders usually do not attach a high degree of significance to the Globe awards in terms of prestige. However, awards such as these do tend to provide public relations momentum and name recognition, operating as a sort of prelude to the most coveted awards, the Oscars. [more...]