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A friend encouraged me to watch the Golden Globe Awards last week, and I was pleasantly surprised with the outcomes of my viewing.

I write a good deal amount about actors and directors who have won Academy Awards and thinking about the two brought up an interesting question.

Which of the two are better?

It’s a bit of a loaded question. Of course, for most of the movie industry, the Oscars are the end-all be-all of film awards.

The films, actors and directors who are nominated are given a ton of press for their success and movies up for best picture nods are given a new wave of screenings and ticket times, giving them a second chance to be seen by a new set of eyes.

I know the Golden Globes add an element of excitement to the films that are up for Academy Awards but maybe aren’t taken as seriously as they should be.

Recently, the nominations for the 2012 Academy Awards were released, giving the film community a chance for sighs of relief, a notice of jobs well done, as well as a fair share of snubs that make everyone scratch their heads.

This year, I found that people were upset to see that Ben Affleck had not been nominated for a best director Oscar for his work on “Argo.” Even when he accepted his Golden Globe for “Argo” he prefaced his speech by saying “I’d like to thank the academy.”

While that quip was probably the best thing he could say, it wasn’t the right one. In 1996, Ben Affleck won and Oscar for his work on “Good Will Hunting.”

This is where the Globes are different from the Oscars.

If you’ve already won an Oscar, you’ll have to really dazzle the academy with your future projects. Only a few people have won more than one Oscar. From Jack Nicholson, to Meryl Streep, and Tom Hanks, there are a high number of Academy Awards – eight, in fact.

They only seem to give them out to a privileged few who can’t seem to avoid being nominated when they make a good film.

Interestingly enough, when Jennifer Lawrence won for her work in “Silver Linings Playbook,” she said, “I guess I beat Meryl.”

A relatively new actress in Hollywood, she’d be extremely lucky to win either one of the two Oscars she has been nominated for, but the Globes are a different story.

The Globes seem to be the place where a great performance is truly awarded, no matter who you are and no matter how long, or short, of a time you’ve been in the business.

With the Oscars, you have to pay dues for more than a decade to get that statue you’ve worked so hard for.

The great Stanley Kubrick never won for best picture, best director, or even best screenplay. He finally won an Oscar for special effects supervision for “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

Talk about being snubbed.

Or take George Clooney.

In 2005, he was nominated for two Academy Awards. One for his acting in “Syriana” and one for directing “Good Night, and Good Luck.”

I think he should have won a best director Oscar, but 2005 was the year that “Brokeback Mountain” was released. So Ang Lee won that award. They couldn’t give “Brokeback” best picture because “Crash” had to win one too.

So, the academy effectively “paid him back” by giving him a best supporting actor Oscar that year.

It’s as political as any move made by any U.S. president or congressman.

While both award ceremonies are fun to watch, I prefer watching the Golden Globes. I like how everyone is seated at dinner tables, where a B-list actor can sit 15 feet away from Steven Spielberg.

The attendees also seem to be having a great time mingling with everyone. The Oscars look like they’d be fun to go to, but more as a spectator than a nominee.

Plus, this year Amy Poehler and Tina Fey did an amazing job of hosting and really took the show over the top. I’ve never really said to myself “Wow, this is great” while watching the Oscars.

I guess my point is that while I follow Academy Award winners farther into their careers due to the actuality that they have won at a very hard game, I watch the Golden Globes to see great performances awarded without politics to those who haven’t made it into the academy’s guest list.

Either way, we get some interesting ideas to ponder.
Tagged under  Academy Awards, Amy Poehler, Ben Affleck, Entertainment, Golden Globes, Hollywood, Movie, Pickin On Film, Tina Fey

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