The Handwriting Is On The Wall - Don't expect ROTK to receive any awards this year

The Hollywood elite is up to its old, worn-out tricks. On December 18, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association released its nominations for the 2004 Golden Globe awards. Cold Mountain, the cold Civil War drama, received eight nominations. Return of the King--four.

Now don't get me wrong. From the reviews I've read, Cold Mountain is a good movie. (I'm not going to see it because I have reservations about seeing films rated "R" on the basis of sexuality and discussion of bodily functions.) However, I understand the acting is rather flat and the entire film is emotionally uninspiring.

By contrast, Return of the King is an excellent movie. Almost every reviewer has given it glowing praise. Furthermore, in such a mammoth production, it is the strength of the acting that keeps the story from falling apart. Yet while Nicole Kidman, Renee Zellwinger, and Jude Law all received Golden Globe nominations, not a single actor in Return of the King made the list (Cate Blanchett's nomination for Veronica Guerin does not count). The most outrageous oversight was of Sean Astin and Elijah Wood, whose heartbreaking performances carry so much of the emotional weight of the film.

The reason for Cold Mountain's eight nominations is obvious. Cold Mountain opened in theaters on December 25, a full week after the Golden Globe nominations. By December 18, Return of the King had already raked in $34 million, $8 million from the midnight showing alone. By awarding Cold Mountain with twice as many nominations as Return of the King, the Foreign Press Association is trying to manipulate moviegoers into thinking Cold Mountain is twice as good as Return of the King. (So far, the ploy has not worked. Cold Mountain only made $4 million on its opening day and came in third in the weekend totals. ROTK was, of course, first.)

While the Hollywood Foreign Press is free to nominate--and ignore--whomever they will, they need to be shown how appalling their behavior is. As a loyal Lord of the Rings fan, and as someone simply fed-up with Hollywood politics, I urge everyone who reads this to do two things:

1) Write to the Association. Express your anger. It does not have to be a long letter. The address to send it to is:
Hollywood Foreign Press Association
646 N. Robertson Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Send it to Mr. Lorenzo Soria (President of the Association) and the FPA Board Members

2) Do not watch the Golden Globe Awards. Ratings matter in Hollywood and ignoring the Golden Globe Awards will send a message not only to the Association, but to the Academy as well.

This of course will probably not earn Return of the King an Oscar award; but it is time the Hollywood elite understand how revolting we find their actions.

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