Golden Globes 2011

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Golden Globes Producers Sued, Accused Of Nomination “Payola”

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Awards season just got ugly! Former Golden Globes publicist Michael Russell is suing the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for fraud, claiming the show’s producers failed to renew their contract as promised in 2010. Russell, who worked the Globes since 1993, brings up far bigger crimes in his legal papers, including accusations of nomination-purchasing and voter-lobbying—habits Russell wanted them to stop. “Most of HFPA’s members are not full-time journalists and rely on income generated from these questionable practices each year,” he claims. “[The HFPA President] expressly acknowledged to Russell that these activities were problematic and the HFPA was a corrupt organization, that its members are only out to use the organization to generate income for themselves and that many conflicts of interest exist with regard to the above-specified activities of the HFPA and its members.”

This is hardly the first time the Golden Globes have been accused of shady dealings. Pia Zadora won “Newcomer Of The Year” in 1981 for Butterfly, and the FCC accused NBC of “misleading” viewers as to how winners were picked in 1968. But this case could mean serious trouble for the 67-year-old show: if the payola charges gain publicity, will actors even want to win this year…or ever again?

If you’re looking for something a little more credible this year, the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards—whose voters are actual critics, and don’t give nominations to bombs like The Tourist—will be airing on VH1 tonight.

[Photo: AFP]

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2011 Golden Globes Nominations Announced

2011ggs-550rnrnAs much as we love the Oscars and the Critics Choice Movie Awards, our favorite night of the Awards Season each and every year has got to be the Golden Globes. Why? It’s not because all of our favorite movie stars co-mingle with all of our favorite television stars (although that’s pretty great), but rather, because the Hollywood Foreign Press Association ensures that all of its attendees consume copious amounts of booze!rnrnThis morning, the nominees for the 2011 Golden Globes were announced live on NBC by the unlikely trio of Josh Duhamel, Katie Holmes and Blair Underwood. As expected, films like Black Swan, The Social Network and The King’s Speech led the way, but we’ll have more analysis for you on that in a bit. For now, follow along for the complete list of who’ll be boozing it up on live television on Sunday, January 16th, 2011!rnrn Read more…