Monday, April 22, 2024

Golden Globes Wanted Denzel, Morgan Freeman So Badly in Commercial, They Got Me As Well!


The Golden Globes really wanted a clip of the two biggest Black stars they could find from their red carpet archive– Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman. Why? This year they’re trying to show their diversity after it was discovered they had no Black members in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Unfortunately, in order to get Denzel and Morgan (aka the voice of God) they had to include yours truly as well. Yes, in the promo commercial running the last few weeks and all this weekend on NBC, you will see right at the star a large white head in the same clip. Apparently we were passing ships on the red carpet three or four years ago.

No, this did not merit me an invite to this year’s much diminished Globes. And I have no royalty check from NBC or Dick Clark Productions. I’m not even getting a swag bag!

But I am honored to be in the same video as Denzel, Morgan and everyone else in that commercial. Like me, I doubt most of those people will be on hand. The Globes air Tuesday night on NBC.

PS Thanks to everyone who sent me the commercial. You can see it here.

Also, I will be front and center at the Critics Choice Awards Sunday January 15th on the CW Network.

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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