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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

December 13, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Golden Globes announced, but it’s all Amy and Tina

This is a big awards-nomination week, with the Golden Globes nominations out today. They are, of course, as silly and meaningless as ever. Silly because the Globes, in an attempt to get more celebrities to attend their ceremony, splits their movie awards into “drama” and “comedy/musical,” which leads to all sorts of absurd categorizations, such as “Hope Springs” as a comedy/musical (um, did any of the voters actually watch it, or did they just vote for Meryl Streep as an automatic reflex?). Meaningless because, as I understand it, there is virtually no overlap between Globe voters (the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which has about 90 voting members) and Oscar voters (the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which has more than 5000 voting members). So, none of what the HFPA announced today should be read as any kind of indicator for the Oscars, or as anything other than the guest list for a very very glamorous party where some of the guests are likely to give some pretty funny acceptance speeches. Which is the only reason to care about the Globes. And this is the other reason:

Love them. This should be fun. Mark your calendars: January 13. I’ll likely be live-blogging it, just because the Globes are a kick.

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