Kowtowing to Nobodies
Personally, I consider the 90 some-odd individuals that make up the membership in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to be nothing but a bunch of elitist nobodies the film industry pays far too much attention to.
Somewhere down the line, Hollywood started believing the bullshit that the opinions of this tiny club of guys acts as a barometer for the Academy Awards.
But let's be honest here: it doesn't take a rocket scientist to be able to discern the difference between a good movie and a bad one. Just because this group of foreign film critics - who write for outlets no one has ever heard of - tend to agree with common public consensus on the entertainment value of a particular movie doesn't make them any more scientifically capable of a correct guess for an Oscar as you would be throwing a dart at a wall full of movie posters.
And still the media listens to these yahoos as if they have the Midas touch.
This year the little club of journalists decided that "Slumdog Millionaire" was the best film of the year, Mickey Rourke should get an award for best resurrection of a career and Heath Ledger posthumously wins for his role as a complete psychopath.
If you are interested in what these guys have to say, you can check out the complete list of nominees and winners at the HFPA website.
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