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After a Promising Start, the Golden Globes Ended on a ‘Bummer’

Jan 7, 2019  •  Post A Comment

In one of the more pointed recaps of Sunday night’s 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony, TV Guide’s Maureen Ryan says the whole thing got off to a terrific start before it started unraveling about two-thirds of the way through — and then fell flat on its face with one colossal final “bummer.”

The awards’ single biggest failure, according to Ryan, was the selection of “Bohemian Rhapsody” as Best Motion Picture, Drama.

“Perhaps it was somehow fitting that a broadcast that had begun with so many on-target, intelligent jokes and jabs about the worst aspects of Hollywood culture ended with a white man giving a rambling acceptance speech after a movie directed by Bryan Singer won a major award,” Ryan writes. “Producer Graham King didn’t mention Singer, who was fired from ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and who has been dogged for some time by stomach-churning allegations (which he denies). I’m not saying no one should see ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ but I am saying that giving a film directed by Singer an award — when many other worthier films were right there — is a very blinkered, backward-looking, depressing thing to do.”

Ryan quotes a tweet from actress Evan Rachel Wood, who wrote: “So we just..we are all still supposed to be pretending we don’t know about Bryan Singer? Cause it worked out really well with #Spacey and #Weinstein.”

Ryan also cites a number of other key points in the program when things began to take a turn for the worse — click on the link above to TV Guide to read her full review.


  1. Apparently you failed to see Bohemian Rhapsody. It was an excellent film and deserved the award as did Rami Malek. The accusations against Singer are reprehensible, but why was nothing raised when he was hired for the film. To attack all of the people involved with the film by denying them the award would be totally unfair. Woody Allen has been accused since 1992 of inappropriate conduct with minors, yet he was given a Golden Globe Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014. There were no objections to that. No one objected in 2011, when Midnight in Paris was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, or when he won the Best Original Screenplay Award that same year. And he has been nominated numerous times for awards since 1992 by the Academy, Golden Globes, Writers Guild, British Academy Awards and many other organizations. Yet no one has objected. Why should the actors and other contributors to Bohemian Rhapsody be punished because of accusations against Singer?

  2. Are these awards intended to recognize the artistic merits and commercial appeal of the films, or are they to be a referendum on the personal character of each individual involved in the film?

  3. So given that attitude does that mean Hollywood is ready to rescind any awards and accolades given to Roman Polanski?

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