Sunday, January 8, 2017

What Are the Golden Globe Awards?

I’m watching the Golden Globes award show. I wasn’t going to watch it because I hate award shows; but I really like Jimmy Fallon, so I got sucked in. His performance was sub-par. They could do better.

Before I retired from a job that I really enjoyed, I was one of the very best at what I did. I used to get annoyed that I didn’t get to dress up in my best fu fu and walk down a red carpet. I would have won awards if they had given them. Does that make me any less talented or less worthy? So, as you can imagine with that attitude, on Academy Awards night, I was always particularly grumpy.

I’m just noticing, that throughout the show, they have interspersed footage of current movies as trailers. That’s something new and it was interesting. But, so far, the show is as boring as expected.

It is fun though, to see everyone in their glad rags. It’s easy to see why movie and TV stars are idolized. They are made to look like gods and goddesses. Some of us aren’t so lucky, though. Look around you sometime—when you are on the bus or the Subway. Mostly, you just see ugly people—really ugly people.

The tribute to Meryl Streep for the Cecil B. DeMille award was as exceptional as she is. She shared with us, advice she had gotten from Carrie Fisher: “Take your broken heart, and make it into art.”

What are the Golden Globe Awards?

(excerpt from Wikipedia)
…an American accolade bestowed by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) recognizing excellence in film and television, both domestic and foreign.

A brief history.

In 1943, a group of writers banded together to form the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and by creating a generously distributed award called the Golden Globe Award, they now play a significant role in film marketing. The 1st Golden Globe Awards, honoring the best achievements in 1943 filmmaking, was held in January 1944, at the 20th Century-Fox studios. Subsequent ceremonies were held at various venues throughout the next decade, including the Beverly Hills Hotel, and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

In 1950, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association made the decision to establish a special honorary award to recognize outstanding contributions to the entertainment industry. Recognizing its subject as an international figure within the entertainment industry, the first award was presented to director and producer, Cecil B. DeMille. The official name of the award thus became the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

In 2009, the Golden Globe statuette was redesigned to produce a statuette that included a unique marble base and enhanced the statuette’s quality and gold content. It was unveiled at a press conference at the Beverly Hilton prior to the show.

Revenues generated from the annual ceremony have enabled the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to donate millions of dollars to entertainment-related charities, as well as funding scholarships and other programs for future film and television professionals.

The broadcast of the Golden Globe Awards, telecast to 167 countries worldwide, generally ranks as the third most-watched awards show each year, behind only the Academy Awards and the Grammy Awards. The Golden Globe Awards' theme song, which debuted in 2012, was written by Japanese musician and songwriter Yoshiki Hayashi.

To be honest, the music was apparently unremarkable, as I didn’t notice any kind of a “theme” song.

All-in-all, only the monologue by Meryl Streep was worth seeing. It will be the water-cooler topic for Monday.

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