Saturday, June 15, 2024

Golden Globes vs. American Icons: Snubs for Sully Sullenberger, Jackie Kennedy, Howard Hughes


The Hollywood Foreign Press doesn’t seem to like American heroes or icons. They snubbed Sully Sullenberger by ignored “Sully” and director Clint Eastwood, star Tom Hanks.

They also ignored the movie “Jackie” except for actress Natalie Portman. The movie itself got nothing.

“Patriots Day” about the Boston Marathon bombing with Mark Wahlberg also got kicked to the curb.

Another American icon, Howard Hughes, and the iconic actor who played him, Warren Beatty– totally ignored.

And another American hero, Martin Scorsese, was snubbed for his passion project, “Silence,” a sure Oscar nominee if not winner.

The Globes also ignored “Arrival” except for Amy Adams.

What they want is their own hero– Mel Gibson– anti Semite, racist, drunk. The Hollywood Foreign Press has somehow become obsessed with Gibson, and it’s such a mistake. If the movie is on to make “Hacksaw Ridge” their Best Drama over “Manchester by the Sea” or even “Lion” the HFPA is going to take several steps backward instead of forward. They’ve made so much progress, now is not the time to embrace this cause.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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