The 2018 Golden Globes were last night, and many people had amazing performances that left us talking. The event was exciting, and we were able to see some incredible acting alongside some truly inspiring stories. If you follow us on social media, then you’ll know that we were there live tweeting the event and posting exclusive photos and videos. While we were fortunate enough to see many of our favourite actors and musicians, there were also some who we were less than eager to see win. Let’s take a closer look at what happened at the Golden Globes.
The Cost Of Being Popular
The nominees for the 2018 Golden Globes were revealed last month, and many people were excited to see Game Of Thrones, The Handmaid’s Tale, or Wonder Woman among the nominees. Unfortunately, those hoping to see these titles on the big screen may be disappointed, as they were all turned down by the studios that own them. While the creators of these projects may get a small payout, the people who worked hard to make these films possible will lose a lot more than they’re worth. We can’t help but wonder if the #OscarsSoWhite controversy didn’t play a role in some of these titles being rejected by studios.
Which Side Are You On?
Last year, the #OscarSoWhite hashtag was everywhere, and it was used to highlight the lack of diversity amongst the nominees for the 2018 Oscars. This year was no different, and many people took part in the trending topic to call out the lack of female and diverse nominees in the 2018 Golden Globes. Naturally, people on social media felt that Taylor Swift’s nomination for Best Original Song (“White Swish”) was a response to the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag, but it’s clear that this was not the case. While it’s great that people are talking about these issues, we don’t want to see the same thing happen at the Golden Globes as we have with the Oscars.
How Does This Affect Future Nominees?
With the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag being such a huge talking point, it’s natural that people would want to have a say in who wins the 2018 Academy Awards for Best Original Song. Since the Golden Globes are considered to be a step below the Oscars, this could potentially have a negative impact on future Nominees. We can’t help but wonder if the lack of diversity amongst the Golden Globes’ nominees is a result of this discussion, or if it’s just down to a lack of talent out there who are willing to put in the work.
Which Side Are You On? (Part 2)
Many journalists and celebrities alike have criticised the lack of diversity amongst this year’s Golden Globes’ nominees, but it’s clear that people are also speaking out in support of the films and talent behind them. While we can’t say for sure, it’s possible that the Academy may have ignored certain titles because they don’t feel that they deserve to be recognised on the big screen yet. The fact that people are discussing this issue shows that there’s a demand for these kinds of films, and hopefully, the studios and the Academy will start to respond to this need soon. We want to see more projects like Marriage Story, Little Women, and Lady and the Tramp get the recognition that they deserve.
Lady And The Tramp
Marriage Story, written and directed by Armando Iannucci, is one of the few titles that we were actually excited to see compete for the Golden Globes. Based on Shakespeare’s Henry IV, part 1, Marriage Story follows a young Prince, Henry, who is looking for love in all the wrong places. The fact that this project was invited to the Golden Globes in the first place is a triumph in itself, as it was denied entry to the 2019 Academy Awards. It’s clear that this was a controversial pick amongst the Academy, and it’s resulted in many people talking about the issue of diversity and representation in Hollywood. While we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, it’s possible that Armando Iannucci’s Lady and the Tramp might finally get the credit that it deserves.
Similarly, it’s great to see a strong female protagonist on the big screen, and many people took to Twitter to express their excitement that Wonder Woman had been nominated for a Golden Globe. However, it’s important not to get too carried away, as Gal Gadot’s performance was far from perfect. Not only did she butcher some of Shakespeare’s most famous lines, but she’s also not a perfect fit for the part. While we can’t take away from the fact that Wonder Woman was nominated for a Golden Globes, it’s important not to get too carried away – this is definitely not Hollywood’s answer to #Metoo.
Game Of Thrones
It’s fair to say that we were all pretty devastated to see Game of Thrones get overlooked for the Golden Globes in favour of Bohemian Rhapsody. However, it’s not all bad news as the GoT community has spoken out against the academy, accusing them of racial bias. The reason why so many people are accusing Lucasfilm of racism is that the majority of Game of Thrones’ nominations were for its foreign language performances, specifically Jude by Bret Benning, and Ganz by Hafdew Morad. While Ganz has been nominated for an Academy Award, Judé has not. It’s also worth noting that while Game of Thrones has been nominated for many Oscars (it’s currently up for 12 awards, including Best Picture), it’s never been nominated for a Golden Globe.
The Handmaid’s Tale
Many fans of The Handmaid’s Tale were sad to see it being overlooked for the Golden Globes in favour of Richard Simmons’ autobiographical documentary, Carry On. Simmons, a former singer and dancer who passed away in 2016, had recently been honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It’s clear that Twitter was divided on whether or not to see this movie, with many people praising it while others saw it as an insult to the memory of Simmons.
Bohemian Rhapsody premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival and was subsequently invited to both the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes. While we’re obviously happy that the film got the recognition that it deserves, it’s important not to get overexcited, as this is definitely not a flawless performance. Rami Malek’s vocal work in Bohemian Rhapsody was widely acclaimed, but it was his acting and delivery that won over audiences. Unfortunately, Bohemian Rhapsody was also nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song and a Screen Award for Best Actor, but it lost both to Hollywood standout Lorenz von Molbronn’s “Home Alone”.
Similarly, while we’re happy that Solo: A Star Wars Story was nominated for a Golden Globe, it’s worth mentioning that it was originally supposed to be called Solo: A Star Wars Story, which, if you’ll remember, was the name of Harrison Ford’s character in George Lucas’s original film. At least, that’s what the title was supposed to be. In the end, Disney decided to call it Home Alone, which is the name of the Kevin McCallister film series of the early 1990s. While we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, it’s possible that Solo: A Star Wars Story could finally get the recognition that it deserves, with its stellar cast including Woody Harrelson, Donald Glover, and Emilia Clarke.
It should come as no surprise that many of the above-mentioned films have never been nominated for, or won, a Golden Globe, as they’re mostly made up of original material. To qualify for a Golden Globe, a film must be either based on a prior work (which would mean that it has to have been made before) or must use a substantially verbatim version of a work (which would mean that it has to be almost exactly like the original – no changes can be made except for the most minor of details). The use of substantially verbatim dialogue would then disqualify a film from being nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award. While the above mentioned films might finally get the recognition that they deserve, it seems clear that this is not the case for everyone.