Gary: the spy who slagged the Globes

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

This isn’t re­ally the time of year for Golden Globes con­tro­versy, but Gary Old­man slagged off the gongs when pick­ing up a prize for best ac­tor at the Em­pire Awards.

Hon­oured for Tinker Tai­lor Sol­dier Spy, the south Lon­doner ac­knowl­edged the fact that the public voted in this race and that the Em­pire prizes weren’t “po­lit­i­cal”. He was later asked to clar­ify and hap­pily put his boot into the Hol­ly­wood For­eign Press As­so­ci­a­tion’s an­nual bash. “Specif­i­cally, I’m talk­ing about the Globes,” he said. “Which I think is bent, to be hon­est with you.”

Old­man didn’t fin­ish there. “There’s al­ways a bit of that in­volved. Peo­ple talk about the ‘sym­pa­thy win’ or some­one will get some­thing for their body of work rather than that role. The Os­cars and Baf­tas, the vot­ing and all of that is pretty straight­for­ward. But the Globes, the For­eign Press, is a whole dif­fer­ent thing.”

Iron­i­cally, this year’s Golden Globes passed off with com­par­a­tively lit­tle con­tro­versy. Last year, by way of con­trast, there was ma­jor grip­ing when starry projects such as The Tourist and Bur­lesque, sav­aged by crit­ics and treated coolly by au­di­ences, achieved nom­i­na­tions for best com­edy or mu­si­cal. At the time, Bet­sey Sharkey of the Los An­ge­les Times com­mented: “The Globe nom­i­na­tions have of­ten been lit­tle more than a pop­u­lar­ity con­test among those who throw the best par­ties, but with its 2011 “In­sane” cliff-jump­ing?

Rest as­sured that it’s all in a good cause. The fes­ti­val will be sup­port­ing the Ire­land to Ever­est team in their bid to raise funds to es­tab­lish a Lung Trans­plant Sup­port Fund. waff.ie nom­i­na­tions, the HFPA has reached a new low.”

In the in­ter­ests of fair­ness, we should point out that Tinker Tai­lor Sol­dier Spy was, this year, ig­nored by the Globes.

Spy hard: Gary Old­man bran­dishes his Em­pire award be­fore get­ting the boot into the Golden Globes

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