Friday, 24 May 2024

Lost Purpose: The Golden Globes' Disconnect with their Television Recognition

Lost Purpose: The Golden Globes' Disconnect with their Television Recognition
Friday, 12 January 2024 14:12

In my esteemed position as the High Chief of TV Snobbery, I boldly implored the Golden Globes to embrace a more discerning palate, urging them to recognize the truly deserving shows like Beef, Succession, and The Bear. Disregarding the mainstream popularity, I championed these series for their critical acclaim, artistic audacity, and a departure from the usual mass-appeal television. Alas, the Golden Globes heeded my call, showering accolades upon Beef, Succession, and The Bear, aligning with my vision of what constitutes exceptional television.

Yet, contrary to expectations, my joy is far from complete. Who does the Golden Globes think they are, mimicking the Emmys? While I celebrate the victories of Ayo Edebiri, Steven Yeun, and Matthew Macfadyen, I can't shake the feeling that the Globes should have adhered to their populist roots. In the UK, we have the TV Baftas, honoring Radio 4 personalities like Monica Dolan and Frank Cottrell-Boyce, alongside the National Television Awards, bestowing recognition upon beloved figures such as Ant & Dec and Michelle Keegan. An ecosystem exists, a balance between smug TV snobs and the vast TV-watching public.

Despite my personal biases, Ali Wong's award for her captivating performance in Beef is well-deserved. However, I ponder whether the Emmys would ever laud Riley Keough for her impeccable hair in Daisy Jones & Six. Unlikely. Though I harbor an irrational aversion to Ted Lasso, its undeniable success warrants acknowledgment, and it feels somewhat stingy to see its final season overlooked. Kieran Culkin's emotionally charged portrayal in Succession deserves recognition, but let's not forget the comedic brilliance of Gary Oldman's flatulence in Slow Horses—surely, there's a place in the world where such moments find their due rewards. And where, pray tell, do the Golden Globes believe Taylor Sheridan will receive his well-deserved prestige awards? The mysteries of television accolades persist.

My intuition led me to suspect that the Golden Globes would inevitably bestow the Best Supporting Actress award upon Meryl Streep for her role in "Only Murders in the Building," simply because she is Meryl Streep. However, much to my surprise, the honor went to Elizabeth Debicki, who seemingly channeled Ronni Ancona's impression of Princess Diana. In a world hungry for glamour and star power, there's a certain charm in letting Meryl Streep bask in the limelight—after all, she's Meryl Streep! Unlike the Emmys, which adhere to a more meritocratic approach, the Golden Globes have the freedom to be starstruck.

It's essential to have award ceremonies that revel in glitz and glamour, celebrating iconic figures like Meryl Streep for their enduring contributions. The TV ecosystem flourishes when recognition is diverse, not confined to the same shows year after year. While the Emmys may follow a more predictable path, the Golden Globes have the liberty to be true to their own spirit.

Championing the popular, the easy-to-watch, and the guilty-pleasure binge is vital for a balanced TV landscape. The beauty lies in the diversity of accolades; had "The Morning Show" triumphed over "Succession" for Best Drama, I'd have found myself expressing my discontent over cornflakes. It's the variety and unpredictability in award ceremonies that keep the conversation alive, ensuring that recognition spans the spectrum of television excellence.

In conclusion, the unpredictability and diversity of the Golden Globes in their choice of award winners bring a refreshing dynamic to the world of television accolades. While other ceremonies may adhere to a more meritocratic approach, the Golden Globes embrace the starstruck allure, allowing iconic figures like Meryl Streep to shine simply for being themselves.

The beauty of the TV ecosystem lies in its ability to champion a variety of shows, from the critically acclaimed to the popular and easy-to-watch. A balance between recognizing groundbreaking achievements and celebrating guilty-pleasure binges ensures that the television landscape remains vibrant and engaging.

In a world where monotony can prevail, the Golden Globes, by being true to their own spirit, inject an element of surprise and excitement into the awards season. Ultimately, the celebration of both the established and the unexpected contributes to the richness and ongoing dialogue within the realm of television excellence.