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MOVIES AND TELEVISION by Richard Roeper
IT’S TIME FOR A BETTER AWARDS SHOW THAN THE GOLDEN GLOBES
Practically yearly when the Golden Globes got here bounding by way of Hollywood, I’d remind people they have been mainly a joke. Only a smattering of examples:
— “Of all of the awards exhibits, that is the stupidest — however they deal with it like a giant occasion in Hollywood.” — 1996
— “The Golden Globes are the silliest of all of the ‘main’ showbiz awards. They’re the creation of the Hollywood International Press Affiliation, a bunch of roughly 90 leisure journalists, a few of whom do not even work full time as writers.” — 1998
— “The Golden Globes ought to rank someplace beneath the MTV Film Awards and above the Nickelodeon Awards.” — 2002
And so on., and so on., by way of the 2000s and the 2010s and as much as current day. (I might additionally wish to take this chance to apologize to the Nickelodeon Children’ Alternative Awards. You did not deserve that.)
It was not too long ago introduced NBC was dropping the Golden Globes for at the very least one yr after a Los Angeles Occasions investigation revisited the Globes’ lengthy historical past of moral lapses and famous the Hollywood International Press Affiliation’s full lack of Black members. The report additionally chronicled some latest doubtful dealings, together with a lavish, all-expenses-paid junket to the set of “Emily in Paris.” In the meantime, five-time Globes nominee Scarlett Johansson issued a press release recalling “sexist questions and remarks by sure HFPA members that bordered on sexual harassment,” Netflix and Amazon mentioned they might stop doing enterprise with the HFPA till it stepped up its efforts to reform, and Tom Cruise mentioned he returned the three Golden Globes he had gained. Final week, Selection revealed an article during which Black journalist Samantha Ofole-Prince shared particulars of being rejected by the HFPA in 2013.
Maybe the HFPA will actually change its methods and institute insurance policies that require its voting membership to be official leisure journalists and movie critics. Maybe. However why ought to Hollywood wait round a yr or longer to see what occurs? No business is best at congratulating itself — so why not wave goodbye to the Golden Globes and its decades-long sketchy historical past, and set up a brand new awards present that can have on the spot credibility if all of the studios and the foremost stars get behind it? The Globes haven’t got a copyright on a looser, champagne-fueled ceremony that takes place a month or so earlier than the Oscars. This new awards present can incorporate a few of the extra entertaining facets of the Globes — e.g., spherical tables as an alternative of stadium seating, open bar all through the telecast, irreverent hosts — whereas holding a greater status because of a way more prestigious and inclusive voting group.
The identify could be easy: The Tv and Film Awards, a.ok.a. the TAMMYs.
NBC — or for that matter, one other community or streaming platform — can pony up the seed cash to jump-start the group and preserve the rights to hold the present stay subsequent February. (In response to the New York Occasions, NBC was paying $60 million a yr for broadcast rights to the Globes. SIXTY MILLION!) We’re gonna want a board of administrators, and this is my partial dream checklist of members:
Barack and Michelle Obama
Along with an annual trophy presentation present, this group will award scholarships and grants to aspiring filmmakers, encourage respect, tolerance and variety all through the business and host screenings and Q-and-A’s with filmmakers and actors. Every now and then, the board will situation statements on developments throughout the movie business and name for modifications on varied points, e.g., we actually must revisit the MPAA’s outdated and inconsistent scores system.
As for the voting membership: Not like the Hollywood International Press Affiliation with its clique of roughly simply 90 members, the TAMMYs would have at the very least 1,000 members, together with actors, administrators, producers — and movie critics from official retailers akin to Selection, the Hollywood Reporter, The New York Occasions, the Los Angeles Occasions and also you suppose I wasn’t going to say the Chicago Solar-Occasions? A small group of film followers — for instance 5% of the full vote — would additionally obtain ballots, with a brand new group of film lovers rotated in yearly.
We would persist with the normal classes for tv and movie (and sure, we’ll preserve the “Musical or Comedy” entry from the Globes), however we would add awards for Greatest Stunt Work, Greatest Casting Director and Greatest Voice Efficiency in an Animated Movie. The Lifetime Achievement Award may very well be named after Oscar Micheaux, the primary main Black filmmaker and director of such movies as “The Homesteader” (1919), “Inside Our Gates” (1920) and “The Exile” (1931).
With all due and nice respect to the technical classes and brief movies, these awards might be handed out in a separate luncheon every week earlier than the TAMMYs — so the telecast itself might be a streamlined, two-hour present with about 20 awards.
The time is correct for the TAMMYs.
(EDITORS: For editorial questions, contact Josh Peres, jperes(at)amuniversal.com.)
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