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Brendan Fraser won’t attend Golden Globes: I have history with the HFPA

When Oscar buzz started about Brendan Fraser, I said I preferred to see him win a Golden Globe. In 2003, a former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Philip Berk, sexually assault Brendan. Not only did he not take full responsibility, there’s plenty of reason to suspect that the HFPA, who hold the Golden Globes, might have had a hand in damaging Brendan’s career. So I wanted to see those same people hand Brendan his flowers upon his triumphant comeback.

I still want to see Brendan win a Globe. But I won’t get to see him accept it. The reason is because Brendan is “no hypocrite.” When asked recently about his award chances, he said if he is nominated, he will not attend the Golden Globes ceremony due to his history with the HFPA.

We’re still weeks away from learning the 2023 Golden Globes nominees, but one of the Best Actor frontrunners is already signaling his intention to boycott the ceremony.

Brendan Fraser, who’s receiving career-best reviews for his dramatic turn in Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale (in theaters Dec. 9), told GQ for its cover story on Wednesday that he will not attend the Golden Globes ceremony in January if he is nominated, as he is widely expected to be.

“I have more history with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association than I have respect for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association,” he said bluntly. “No, I will not participate.”

His reasoning, for those who have followed the former heartthrob’s rollercoaster career, is obvious: “It’s because of the history that I have with them,” he explained. “And my mother didn’t raise a hypocrite. You can call me a lot of things, but not that.”

[From Yahoo]

Brendan’s right, of course. Even in the last few years he’s had trouble discussing the incident or its aftermath. He famously recalled watching the Globes the year of the #MeToo movement was at the forefront and seeing Berk sitting in the room with all the women dressed in black and the men wearing Times Up pins in solidarity. Brendan knew how shallow the support of the HFPA was. It would be kind of cool to see Brendan take his award and go scorched earth in his acceptance speech, but he wouldn’t. So abstaining is the proper move, not that the HFPA showed him any consideration. I will be furious if those withered old twigs intentionally leave Brendan out of the nominations because they’re still denying culpability. Don’t think this is too far-fetched. Berk was still a voting member for the HFPA up until 2021. What finally got him booted from the board? At 88 years old, the South African born Berk sent an email to the whole association calling BLM a “racist hate movement” and complaining about BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors buying a home in upscale Topanga Canyon. And the HFPA only acted then because the LA Times got a hold of the email. Yeah, stay home Brendan. They don’t deserve you anyway.

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Will the sad-sack Golden Globes have any bearing on the Oscar race?

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It was strange to sit there on a Sunday evening in January, watching tennis and trying to keep up with the Novak Djokovic updates. It was strange because usually those cold Sunday nights in January are devoted to live-tweeting awards shows, especially the Golden Globes. The Globes were “cancelled” in some sort of way last year, following enormous backlash against the racism, sexism, bigotry and unprofessional behavior of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. NBC pulled the Globes’ telecast, and the HFPA couldn’t even get any celebrities to show up at their dinky untelevised show. They still decided to put on some kind of “awards” something or other last night. I think Variety summed it up pretty well: “Golden Globes Put on an Event That Could Have Been Put in an Email.” So who won? Here’s the winners list from Film:

Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy


“West Side Story”

Best Motion Picture — Drama


“The Power of the Dog”

Best Original Song — Motion Picture


“No Time to Die” from “No Time to Die” – Billie Eilish, Finneas O’Connell

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture


Kodi Smit-McPhee, “The Power of the Dog”

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture


Ariana DeBose, “West Side Story”

Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy


Andrew Garfield, “Tick, Tick … Boom!”

Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama


Will Smith, “King Richard”

Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama


Nicole Kidman, “Being the Ricardos”

Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy


Rachel Zegler, “West Side Story”

Best Director — Motion Picture


Jane Campion, “The Power of the Dog”

[From CNN]

Do these winners have anything to do with the Oscar race? I don’t know. I think West Side Story got too much attention here, and I just don’t know if the Oscars will recognize it the same way. The Power of the Dog is a good movie, perhaps even a great movie, and I’m happy to see Kodi winning anything, but I’m not sure if it’s the Best Picture. Also: any awards show giving anything to Nicole Kidman for Being the Ricardos is suspect. That film was one of the messiest, most awful things.

In the television categories, Ted Lasso and Hacks were big winners in the Comedy categories, with Jason Sudeikis and Jean Smart winning (and Hacks won Best Comedy). Jeremy Strong and Sarah Snook won for Succession, and Succession picked up Best Drama. Kate Winslet won for Mare of Easttown.

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2022 Golden Globe nominations: no one will see them, but sure, have fun!

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The 2022 Golden Globes will not be televised. NBC yanked them after all of the shenanigans with the 2021 nominations, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s history of racism and sexism. I don’t know if the HFPA could technically license the Globes telecast to a different TV station, but for now, this is the grand experiment which Hollywood is trying this awards season. The experiment is: no one will go to the Globes, which are still technically “happening,” and celebrities will instead go to the Critics’ Choice Awards. The CCAs have been televised for years, but the 2022 event will probably be the strongest showing. Anyway, this morning, the Globe nominations came out. You can see the full list here at Vanity Fair. Here are all of the big film nominations:

Best Motion Picture, Drama


Belfast


CODA


Dune


King Richard


The Power of the Dog

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy


Cyrano


Don’t Look Up


Licorice Pizza


Tick Tick Boom


West Side Story

Best Director, Motion Picture


Kenneth Branagh, Belfast


Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog


Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Lost Daughter


Steven Spielberg, West Side Story


Denis Villeneuve, Dune

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture


Paul Thomas Anderson, Licorice Pizza


Kenneth Branagh, Belfast


Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog


Adam McKay, Don’t Look Up


Aaron Sorkin, Being the Ricardos

Best Actor, Motion Picture, Drama


Mahershala Ali, Swan Song


Javier Bardem, Being the Ricardos


Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog


Will Smith, King Richard


Denzel Washington, The Tragedy of Macbeth

Best Actress, Motion Picture, Drama


Jessica Chastain, The Eyes of Tammy Faye


Olivia Colman, The Lost Daughter


Nicole Kidman, Being the Ricardos


Lady Gaga, House of Gucci


Kristen Stewart, Spencer

Best Actor, Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical


Leonardo DiCaprio, Don’t Look Up


Peter Dinklage, Cyrano


Andrew Garfield, Tick Tick Boom


Cooper Hoffman, Licorice Pizza


Anthony Ramos, In the Heights

Best Actress, Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical


Marion Cotillard, Annette


Alana Haim, Licorice Pizza


Jennifer Lawrence, Don’t Look Up


Emma Stone, Cruella


Rachel Zegler, West Side Story

Best Supporting Actor, Motion Picture


Ben Affleck, The Tender Bar


Jamie Dornan, Belfast


Ciaran Hinds, Belfast


Troy Kotsur, CODA


Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Power of the Dog

Best Supporting Actress, Motion Picture


Caitriona Balfe, Belfast


Ariana Debose, West Side Story


Kirsten Dunst, The Power of the Dog


Aunjanue Ellis, King Richard


Ruth Negga, Passing

[From Vanity Fair]

Three Black actors in the Best Actor Drama category. The HFPA really is trying to perform their allyship, I guess. I still need to watch CODA, but most of these nominations look like all of the predicative Oscar lists. I think Best Actress Drama is probably going to be the Oscars’ final five, give or take Nicole Kidman. I’m enjoying the nominations for The Power of the Dog, both Bendy and Kodi deserve lots of noms, although Kirsten Dunst really didn’t do much, honestly. Oh, I truly believe that Emma Stone deserves a million nominations for Cruella, and I would love to see that film shortlisted at the Oscars, as it was one of my favorite movies of the year.

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The 2022 Golden Globes could just be a press conference announcing the winners

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The Golden Globes used to be dumb and fun. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is responsible for the Globes, and the HFPA basically nominated everybody and threw a big, liquored-up party. Twenty-five years ago, people took the Globes seriously in the sense that everyone got dressed up and got wasted and had fun. But over the years, the Globes began to take themselves seriously, and other people did too. The awards became the first stop on the Oscar campaign, and powerful producers and networks bribed HFPA members for nominations and awards. The HFPA has always been pretty sexist and racist too, with no Black members over their 20 year history and a pattern of ignoring Black creators and content. So… NBC decided to pull the Globes in 2022, and the HFPA has been trying to sort itself out for much of 2021. I’ve been wondering what the hell will happen in January and whether there will be any red carpet to speak of. Well…

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is forging ahead with a way to recognize the best of this year’s film and television achievements despite the fact that NBC will not televise this year’s Golden Globes ceremony.

“The HFPA plans to recognize the performances of 2021 to celebrate the great work of the industry this past year at the 79th Annual Golden Globes,” a source confirmed, though there is no further information at the moment on what form that recognition would take.

A letter went out to studios on Friday with an explanation of eligibility rules for the 79th Golden Globes. The emphasis appears to be on performances, raising the question of whether other areas such as music or directing will also be recognized.

Puck’s Matthew Belloni speculated that the Globes might take the form of a press conference as they did during the 2008 writer’s strike.

In May, NBC announced that it would not air the Golden Globes in 2022 after a series of revelations about the organization’s lack of diversity and ethical lapses caused a consortium of publicists to boycott the awards. The embattled organization has spent the summer undertaking a series of reforms, such as adding a group of 21 new members including 29% Black journalists; banning members from receiving gifts and trips from studios and talent; appointing three external members to its board of directors to help oversee diversity and ethics and hiring a team of experts in workplace legal issues.

[From Variety]

I wouldn’t mind a press conference announcing the winners. I doubt that’s what it will actually be, but if that’s what happens, so be it. I suspect that the HFPA will probably go old-school, like the Globes used to be before they were on network television – something like a Sunday reception, with an actual lunch or dinner, and people just showing up in work clothes or whatever they want. It would be interesting to see them play around with a format too, like the pandemic taught us – maybe winners could just submit videos from home if they wanted.

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Kylie and Kendall Jenner at Golden Globes After-Party

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The Jenner sisters put on their leggiest dresses and stepped out on Sunday night for the Golden Globes after-party. Kylie, who does not have breast implants (they are big because she is on her period) and Kendall, who does not have lip injections (her lips are just over-lined by Kylie), posed together and separately for the delight of the photographers on the red carpet.

How do you like their looks on this glamorous occasion?

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From the Fabulous Over 50 Club: Felicity Huffman & Sarah Jessica Parker

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From the Fabulous Over 50 Club: Felicity Huffman & Sarah Jessica Parker both attended the Golden Globes last night and looked the part in front of the cameras on the red carpet.

While 51 year-old Sarah opted for youthful braids and a very ample white gown, 54 year-old Felicity showed off her very thin and toned frame in a sparkly jumpsuit.

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Star: Jennifer Lawrence feels ‘threatened’ by Brie Larson’s awards success

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There’s a long history with tabloids setting up Jennifer Lawrence to be some kind of massive Mean Girl, looking to take down her actress contemporaries with a single Doritos fart. Maybe I’m a J-Law Apologist, but I don’t think she’s that girl. Is she totally capable of being mean, judgy and rude? Of course she is. But I don’t think she operates like everything is zero-sum gain, like she can be the only successful woman in Hollywood because there can only be ONE. I think back to when J-Law was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for American Hustle, and she was up against Lupita Nyong’o. Just my opinion, but it always seemed like Jennifer actively did NOT want to win that year, and she really wanted Lupita to have her moment to shine.

That’s what I was thinking about when I read this Star Magazine story about how J-Law is Mean Girling Brie Larson. Brie and Jennifer are both nominated for Best Actress this year, and most people believe Brie is the major frontrunner for the award. Again, I suspect that J-Law is fine with that. And to hear Brie tell it, they know each other and they’re friendly. Brie said as much in her recent THR profile, saying: “I met Jen seven years ago at a photo shoot. We bonded over the craft service table; we were the only ones eating the doughnuts.” Still, Star’s source says J-Law is trying to quietly destroy Brie!

Jennifer Lawrence isn’t happy about having to share the It Girl limelight with critical darling Brie Larson.

“Jen’s starting to feel the heat,” says a source close to Brie. “She’s made it clear to friends that she does not want Brie in her crew – she thinks Brie is her biggest competition and she’s probably right.”

Although her reps deny a rift, sources say Jennifer is so threatened that she even ordered BFF Amy Schumer to avoid Brie at the Golden Globes, but her Mean Girl plan backfired.

“Brie was in Amy’s movie ‘Trainwreck’ so they get along well. But Amy spent most of the night trying to keep Brie away from Jen!”

And while Jen knows she can’t be Hollywood’s favorite forever, she refuses to pass the baton gracfully.

“She’s be smarter to make Brie a friend, not an enemy,” says the source.

[From Star Magazine, print edition]

OK Magazine had a similar story about Brie and Jennifer’s “feud,” with sources claiming that “Jen just didn’t hit it off with Brie” and “Brie was a little uptight for her liking and that she couldn’t hang.” And for what it’s worth, Gossip Cop spoke to an unnamed source on Team J-Law and the source claimed that the alleged rift is bulls—t. Sure. Do I believe that Brie and Jennifer are not BFFs? Sure. Do I believe that J-Law is, like, actively trying to shun Brie? Of course not.

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