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As per my rants on my twitter account during the broadcast of the show, and some comments posted at the Fassinating Fassbender blog, I quit watching the show half-way through after 12YAS lost its fourth nominated category. It became an embarrassing joke just sitting there and thinking that the film will get the next category, or the next category, and then it seemed clear that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) just couldn't care less about 12YAS, and that's a shame. And the show became dreadfully boring to me. So I stopped watching it, but I followed the progress of the show via twitter and the FF chat I was in.
I think that HFPA just gave 12YAS the award so that they wouldn't be tagged with a certain "-ist" after awarding six of the seven nominations for the film to competing actors/actresses and films. You mean to tell me that of all the brilliant acting in 12YAS, that American Hustle, and Dallas Buyers Club actors/actresses in both acting categories won? Really? Well, that question now is moot because that's what HFPA did. So that's why the show was boring to me because HFPA played favoritism lazy voting for mega-A listers. It's good for ratings to have well-known favorite faces up on stage, instead of some foreign born newcomer nobodies, right?
I also think that because the Globes are the first awards for the season, they wanted to set the tone and dictate to the awards groups coming up later, the trends to follow. HFPA doesn't want 12YAS to succeed, that's why the film lost out in six of the other categories, and have the token Best Picture award as a really nice but hollow consolation prize. Be that as it may, I have had my fill of the Golden Globes, they are a mockery of the award season and they are a joke to the industry. But the industry plays along because winning a globe is good PR to help sell films, and if this Best Pic award can help more people see 12YAS when it expands to more theaters this week, that's a good thing. But, this is my last year watching the globes, it's just phony, contrived, predictable, and boring to me.
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