On Sunday evening American audiences will be treated to the 67th annual Golden Globe
Awards. The ceremony, a celebration of the year's movies and TV shows presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press
Association, often comes under fire for being little more than a
frivolous, drunken gala for film and TV stars. But this year, a handful
of entertainment reporters have taken it upon themselves to defend the award show,
claiming it beats out the more-revered Oscars. Here are their arguments:
- The Party Scene Is Unparalleled, writes Melena Ryzik at The New York Times: "It has the best party of the season and more stars in one room than a Scientology, Kabbalah and Forum meeting combined."
- Globes Are on the Right Side of History, writes Darren Franich at Entertainment Weekly: "The [Golden Globes] arguably has a better track record than its more prestigious sibling. Look no further than three of the greatest miscarriages of Best Picture justice in Oscar history: CrashBrokeback Mountain, Shakespeare in Love beating Saving Private Ryan, and Ghandi beating E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. All three losers have become essential classics, while the three winners’ reputations have all suffered."
- Delightfully More Scandal-Prone Than the Oscars, writes Breeanna Hare at CNN: "What would the Globes be without a questionable moment or three? The 2006 red carpet featured a frisky Isaac Mizrahi, who happily went in for a grope while interviewing Scarlett Johansson; in 2009, there was a hilariously rude speech by Sacha Baron Cohen when he presented the best comedy award; and then there was Jack Nicholson's 2003 acceptance speech, when he acknowledged that he'd popped a Valium."
- A Great Mix of High-Low Culture, adds Franich: "It’s completely nonsensical to think of James Cameron being in the same room as the cast of Cougar Town, or Christoph Waltz being just a couple tables away from the cast of Glee.
But one of the zippy pleasures of the Globes is the high-low mixing of
every level of the Hollywood stratosphere.
- Way Less Boring, adds Hare: "The thing about watching the Academy Awards is that it drags...and drags...and drags to its final conclusion, when all you really wanted to see was who takes best picture. With the Globes, while you may take a bathroom break during the best original score category, by and large, the show keeps boring categories to a minimum."