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In a follow-up to the news that the Golden Globe Awards ceremony on January 13, 2008 would be without any celebrities to accept the awards and fill the seats with faces people would want to watch for a couple of hours, the Los Angeles Times is reporting that NBC has pulled the plug on the ceremony altogether:
Hollywood's awards season locomotive was derailed Monday when NBC pulled the plug on its highly rated Golden Globes, choosing not to broadcast on Sunday what promised to be a virtually celebrity-free ceremony.
The article goes on to speculate that the Academy Awards ceremony on February 24th might also be in jeopardy. I would imagine that the people behind the Oscars will do everything in their power to keep that from happening, but it's possible.
I'm thinking that the effective cancellation of the Golden Globes, and the possibility that the same could happen to the Academy Awards, may make people aware of the real impact these shows really have on what movies are worth paying attention to. Does anyone know who the Hollywood Foreign Press is? Did you even realize that was who put out the Golden Globes?
If you're looking for what movies were good in the past year, I think it's much better to look elsewhere than a bunch of people whose business it is to produce television specials and the associate marketing that surrounds those awards.
Take a look at the 2007 Top 10 and Bottom 10 lists and the all-time top 100 list compiled by our Featured Movie Critic, James Berardinelli. Check out our own Reader Reviews, which have been written by your fellow BigScreen readers. The IMDb has a very good user ranking system as well, where the good movies (as judged by the masses) appear at the top of the rating scales. One look at the top 20 or so titles should confirm whether it has merit for your tastes.
Even if the Academy Awards ceremony does happen, but there aren't writers to produce the show, imagine if they were forced to pare the show down to just a couple of hours instead of the marathon that it so often turns into! It would set the expectation in later years that the show definitely doesn't need to be longer than the movies they are celebrating...
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