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Golden Globe Darlings

December 15, 2010

The Golden Globes has been handing out awards since 1944, and perhaps this birth year set a tone – America was rapidly becoming a hero overseas in helping end World War II – but the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is not quite your usual baby boomer.  They are insider observers, and their picks rank somewhere between the Oscars, the Emmys, and the people’s choice awards.  HFPA also has its idiosyncrasies, some favored celebs that often get extra attention, so I began thinking about some Golden Globe darlings I’ve noticed through the years.   

The first person came up last week when Snarky observed in her post:

That said, if it had starred Sharon Stone it’d be up for all the awards including categories it wasn’t even nominated in. HFPA loves it some Sharon Stone.

with a follow-up in the comments.

Did anyone other than the HFPA see The Muse?

I did see The Muse, but after Stone was nominated.  Seeing that “nomination” band on top of the VHS box at the video store, I got tricked into thinking the movie would be better than it was, but no, it was just the HFPA’s boner for her.   I rented it around the same time as The Cell, where I found out about Roger Ebert’s boner for Jennifer Lopez, but that’s another post!

Sharon Stone ain’t the only blonde Golden Globes love:  Meryl Streep holds the record for the most outright wins with seven (Kramer v. Kramer, The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Sophie’s Choice, Adaptation, The Devil Wears Prada, Angels in America, Julie & Julia), plus nominated for pretty much every other film in-between (I see you, The River Wild).  Meryl is so comfortable navigating the tables at the Golden Globes, she lets herself drink liberally of their wine and last year Drunk!Meryl was the best part of the ceremony for me, so I was hoping she could win again for It’s Complicated just so I can see it again.

However, if you include non-voting Golden Globes, i.e. the ones they hand out extra to people for lifetime achievement, etc., the person with ELEVEN of these statuettes is none other than……

Ms. Barbra Streisand

Shocked that stinker Burlesque got a nominee for Best Comedy/Musical?  I wasn’t — HFPA loves them some Cher!  She got her first nominee with Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean Jimmy Dean, then won for Silkwood and Moonstruck.  Ok, those all happened many years ago, but once a darling, always a darling.  Doesn’t she present every year anyway?  Besides, what other movies has Cher done since then?  I was slightly surprised to see they didn’t throw her a nomination for Tea with Mussolini, pretty much her only movie since 1990.

It’s not all women that the HFPA favors, of course.  Twenty-five years ago, the 1986 Golden Globes nominated Michael J. Fox twice – for Back to the Future and for Family Ties.  He later won for Family Ties and also a few more for Spin City.

But of course, the most infamous darling that they have ever handed an award to is Pia Zadora. In 1982, she was awarded the Newcomer of the Year award for her role in the movie Butterfly….which hadn’t been released yet.  Her multimillionaire husband paid for a massive ad campaign, as well as wined and dined many voters at one of his casinos.  The next year they gave the award to the lady from Conan the Barbarian, making it clear this award meant nothing, so it was subsequently retired.


Who else does the Golden Globes love inordinately?  Are Piper Perabo or Scott Caan the next ones to watch for this category?

17 Comments leave one →
  1. December 15, 2010 2:13 pm

    Oh Pia.

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard a “Through the eyes of love” knockoff that was as terrible as this stinker. Makes you wish they had been able to autotune that bad news.

    I forgot about Babs. I don’t know how. And Drunk!Meryl was rivaled by Bridges rambling shoutouts and stumbling towards the stage. Awesome post.

  2. December 15, 2010 2:16 pm

    Also love how the Oscar is under glass/key and the Emmys are used for bookends. LOL Babs, you’re a class act!

  3. December 15, 2010 2:21 pm

  4. December 15, 2010 2:30 pm

    I was a little surprised at Babs too. I mean, I knew they didn’t hate her, but I didn’t know it was up to 11!

    Oh, Pia.

  5. December 15, 2010 3:52 pm

  6. IrishUp permalink
    December 15, 2010 4:31 pm

    “I rented it around the same time as The Cell, where I found out about Roger Ebert’s boner for Jennifer Lopez…”
    LOL! Yanno, some of us actually wound up at a box-office on this same basis.

    Haven’t they always loved Travolta? Now, perhaps this makes sense – love him or hate him, when JT plays a role, there is a good shot he’ll create an iconic style/stereotype/new dance step at the same time. But it seems like it’s always my least favorite roles he gets nominated for. I didn’t like “Get Shorty” enough to watch it all the way through, and (checks quickly) – yep, that’s the one he won for.

  7. IrishUp permalink
    December 15, 2010 4:32 pm

    Oh, and there is hardly anything I wouldn’t do for (or in) that red dress and shoes – YOWZA!

  8. Amber permalink
    December 15, 2010 4:42 pm

    omg…how can anyone not love meryl streep after watching that. she’s beyond lovely.

    all i could think when watching that pia clip was, “wasn’t she in a horror movie?” and then i realized i was mistaking her for being in the exorcist. it must’ve been the hair.

  9. December 15, 2010 5:22 pm

    “I wanna change my name to T-bone. T-bone Streep sounds good.”

  10. December 16, 2010 12:04 am

    @amber: there is a little linda blair about her! i watched the movie this afternoon, it’s on netflix instant. oh. my.

  11. eieioj permalink
    December 16, 2010 9:27 am

    I had a hard time believing that Cher didn’t win for her performance as Rusty Dennis in Mask.

    Whenever I think of Pia Zadora, I think of her bit in Naked Gun 33&1/3.

    Until last year I didn’t really watch the Golden Globes, but drunk Meryl made me think “hmm, I should watch this boozefest every year!”

  12. December 16, 2010 10:20 am

    she was nominated for Mask though! I forgot to mention that, so thanks. I’m almost surprised she wasn’t nominated for Witches of Eastwick.

    More Pia!

  13. December 16, 2010 12:57 pm

    You just know that Meryl was the fiercest kid in junior high. I’d love to see a movie called “Meryl Streep: The Grade School Years” (don’t steal that, SNL Digital Shorts)! But Meryl is EVERYBODY’S darling, don’tcha think?

    Barbra has the ancient Grammys… the ones with the real wood base! They don’t make ’em like that anymore! But it’s always a treat to see the stars relaxing at home, just hanging out and being themselves in their private abodes.

    And since everyone else is doing it…


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