The LA Times assessed the recent Golden Globe nominations in relation to overall Awards season predictions:
Two things to remember: The
Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. is made up of 82 members who are journalists and
fans. By and large, the academy loathes this group and isn't inclined to follow
any of its dictates, though sometimes, by coincidence, the groups' choices
match. Last year, the HFPA, following the lead of most critics groups, lauded
"Boyhood” and its director, Richard Linklater. But it was "Birdman” and its
writer-director Alejandro G. Inarritu holding Oscars at the Academy Awards.
SAG, meanwhile, votes early, and
its deadline seems to penalize movies that arrive late and don't provide voters
DVD screeners. Academy members have more of a chance to watch the December
films, take in the entire field and nominate late releases — recent examples
include "American Sniper” and "The Wolf of Wall Street.”
"So few people I know have seen
‘The Revenant,' ” Barker says. "It's just way too soon for most people to make
their way through all these movies.”
The holidays will provide that
opportunity. After we've rung in the New Year, the Producers Guild will
announce its 10 picture nominees on Jan. 5 and the Directors Guild will follow
with its list of five on Jan. 12. Two days later, Oscar nominations will be
It's a long time to wait for answers.
But look at it this way: Everyone still has a little hope (or hell) to hang on
to for five more weeks.