Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Golden Globes Saved “Green Book” Last Year and Sent it to the Oscars, This Year: “1917” Anointed from Obscurity


Even with Ricky Gervais straining to attack the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Golden Globes performed their second annual act of movie rescue last night.

Choosing Sam Mendes’s “1917” as Best Picture, and Mendes as Best Director, completely toppled the apple cart that had been the conventional wisdom so far this season. If you followed the critics groups in the major cities, either “The Irishman” or “Parasite” looked like the ultimate winner. “1917” had no buzz or momentum.

But you may recall, I wrote that Mendes’ amazing “one-take” film about World War I was a masterpiece from the first screening. I was surprised that it wasn’t getting more critics’ attention.

But the same thing happened last year with Peter Farrelly’s “Green Book.” None of the critics groups liked it. Everything was “Roma, Roma, Roma.” Then came the Globes, which resurrected Farrelly’s movie, and the path to the Academy Awards was made clear.

Will it happen again? In past years, the Academy zagged after the Globes zigged. The Globes were not a precursor of anything. Indeed, a better bellwether was the Critics Choice Awards, which will air this Sunday on the CW Network. Those awards will influence final Oscar voting. The Academy Awards nominations come on Monday morning. So hold on to your hats!

Roger Friedman
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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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