Golden Globes have to go. SAG Awards can step in

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Possibly it gained’t be the revelation that Hollywood International Press Assn. members paid themselves almost $2 million final fiscal yr or that the self-dealing continues to mushroom ($311,020 in January alone, in line with the month-to-month treasurer’s report) or that, in line with individuals inside the group, many members aren’t “severe journalists” and, in actual fact, a major criterion to becoming a member of the HFPA is to not be a “actual journalist” and as such not a menace to present membership.

Or {that a} former HFPA president thought one of the simplest ways to handle the group’s lack of range (it has no Black voters) can be to make Oprah Winfrey an honorary member.

It in all probability gained’t be any single certainly one of these moral and indefensible discoveries, however the cumulative weight of all of them — plus, the inevitable revelations to return (contemplating this bumbling bunch, there undoubtedly shall be extra) — that might lead NBC to do the correct factor, put us all out of our distress and pull the plug on the Golden Globes. As a result of in some unspecified time in the future, it’s going to be embarrassing to be related to this model. Not that it hasn’t at all times been ridiculous. It’s simply going to be tougher — even for one of the best of actors — to fake it means something. (Or not less than something greater than “perhaps at some point I’ll win an Oscar or an Emmy.”)

Three members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. take the stage at the Golden Globes ceremony.

HFPA Vice President Helen Hoehne, left, HFPA Board Chair Meher Tatna and HFPA President Ali Sar on the 78th Golden Globe Awards on Feb. 28, 2021.


But when the community excised this tumor from the awards season, what then? It’s not just like the absence of the Golden Globes would depart a void in our lives. However its prime spot on the calendar — historically, simply after New 12 months’s and simply earlier than Oscar nominations are introduced — serves as a chance for studios to market their nominated motion pictures, which, for probably the most half, are motion pictures made for grown-ups in a theatrical panorama now dominated by theme park rides.

And that’s not nothing. Ask any producer who’s had a movie nominated for greatest image within the final decade and so they’ll let you know that with out the Oscars and the occasions main as much as that ceremony, their film in all probability wouldn’t get made. These movies aren’t “Oscar bait.” The Oscars and the eye generated by the awards season that precedes them are the bait that lures audiences into watching them.

There’s no cause NBC couldn’t merely sub in one other present, one with a reputable voting physique (sorry, Critics Selection Assn.), and even create a brand new model by, say, merging the 4 main Hollywood guild awards — Display screen Actors, Administrators, Producers and Writers — into some type of Justice League ceremony (voter integrity is its superpower). This Golden Guilds idea in all probability may by no means work — too many cooks, too many agendas. Then once more, one guild exec lately informed me that these groups cooperate on initiatives, so why not an awards present?

However creating an awards present from scratch at a time when curiosity in a majority of these affairs is waning is likely to be a stretch. There may be an current, televised awards present that does have nearly the entire parts of the Globes — honors for each movie and tv, banquet setting, vegan dinner — with out the bags of, say, a bunch with a former president accused of groping Brendan Fraser following an HFPA luncheon.

That ceremony is the Display screen Actors Guild Awards. Possibly you’ve heard of it. Possibly you haven’t. The SAG Awards takes place on the tail finish of the awards season, usually lending the occasion an air of redundancy. There are solely so some ways an actor can say “thanks” in spite of everything, although some, resembling Brad Pitt final yr, not less than attempt to make every expression of acceptance particular. (“I received so as to add this to my Tinder profile,” Pitt joked, his SAG Awards trophy final yr.)

Granted, the SAG Awards’ model isn’t at its greatest proper now. When the pandemic pressured ceremonies to postpone and re-shuffle dates, the Grammys thought nothing of touchdown on the SAGs authentic date, main SAG-AFTRA to voice its “excessive disappointment” after which slink off to Easter Sunday for a scheduled one-hour telecast.

Brad Pitt kisses his SAG Award

Brad Pitt offers a memorable speech on the 2020 Display screen Actors Guild Awards after profitable the supporting male actor prize for “As soon as Upon a Time … in Hollywood”

(Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Instances)

However there’s a simple repair for each one of many SAG Awards’ points. An early January date would increase its profile and enliven the present. Including an ensemble class for restricted sequence and tv film (how on this planet have they not already executed this?) and supporting appearing awards to the TV classes would flesh out the ceremony and acknowledge the efficiency and depth of the work. Clean up the format, usher in a top-notch producer and an honest host. Put some cash behind the present. Discover new methods to rejoice nice artwork.

And it’s not just like the SAG Awards hasn’t already given us some nice moments lately. When “Parasite” grew to become the primary non-English-language film to win the movie ensemble award final yr, the roar of approval was transcendent, a lot because it was when “Black Panther” gained the yr earlier than. Viewers wish to see the celebs take the stage, and on that rely, the SAG Awards delivers.

It helps too that the SAG Awards are voted on by friends, the 129,500 lively members of SAG-AFTRA, and never a tiny, 87-member group of vulgarians whose selections can’t be seen as honest in mild of their historical past of moral lapses. Artistic varieties are usually perpetually in want of validation and approval, and, as such, will present as much as gather nearly any trophy with their identify on it. The late, not-so-great Hollywood Movie Awards, whose winners had been chosen based totally on whether or not the recipient would present up for the ceremony, stand as a monument to that neediness.

However awards are solely significant if the group bestowing them has integrity. The Hollywood International Press Assn. fails that customary, and, given its historical past, it’s onerous to imagine it can change or police its members in any significant means, regardless of a latest pledge (revealed Saturday, at nighttime of night time, on the HFPA’s Twitter account) to take action. Jettisoning the Golden Globes wouldn’t be tough. NBC simply wants the resolve to cease enabling this charade and transfer ahead with a worthier various.

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