What the Surprising Golden Globe Winners Say About the Oscar Race

The 2021 Covid-delayed, virtual Golden Globes show was a weird one.

Popular four-time hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, anchoring Los Angeles and New York, struck a dystopian chord: They compared the show to “The Hunger Games” as they played to dark, socially distanced rooms of “smoking hot” first responders in black masks.

No wonder the event seemed muted.The two comediennes, like everyone else participating in the evening, knew that the 87 fractious members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association were reeling from a series of Los Angeles Times articles that allege the wealthy organization continues to be influenced by those in Hollywood hoping to score awards, while paying many of their members handsomely.

“It’s all a scam invented by a big red carpet to sell more carpets,” said Fey.Several presenters and winners made reference to the diversity issue — “it’s great to be Black at the Golden Globes,

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