By: Open Book
On Thursday January 13th, 2011 three days before it’s biggest televised event. Michael Russell filed a two million dollar lawsuit against the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) claiming the association members abuse their positions with unlawful deals, which resemble a “payola scheme” enterprise. Although, the HFPA has denied such accusations, some of the allegations by Russell, is hard to ignore. One of them being lack of creditability due to acting nominations being sold by association members. In an article written by Anthony McCartney at AP Entertainment he states; “This year’s show has been no different, with criticism of acting nominations for Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie for “The Tourist,” a critical and commercial flop.”
After reading this statement by McCartney it made me wonder. Who are the actors nominated this year for a Golden Globe? Did their films do well at the box office and among critics? What I found was interesting!!! The majority of actors nominated this year, films did do well at the box office or got high marks by critics or both. All except The Tourist, Casino Jack and Love and Other Drugs based on rottentomatoes.com and boxofficemojo.com numbers.
As Anthony McCartney mentioned above The Tourist was a commercial and critical flop. Yet, Jolie and Depp are nominated? Which brings me to Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway who are nominated this year for best actor and actress in a comedy for Love and Other Drugs. According to rottentomatoes.com, top critics gave the film 23 rotten tomatoes out of 35 reviews. Also, the box office earnings for this film were not very good, its production budget was 30 million and so far it’s only earned 31,815,433 million domestically. Casino Jack, which stars Kevin Spacey and opens this weekend 1/17/2011, the box office numbers are still unknown. However, it got 14 rotten tomatoes out of 22 reviews by top critics. I can see how a Golden Globe nomination could really improve box office numbers. Why? Casino Jack, The Tourist and Love and Other Drugs were marketed to appeal to adult audiences. It’s been proven adult audiences are more likely to see a film if it’s received good reviews versus not. So I imagine getting a nomination could show positive renewed interest and therefore improve box office earnings. Now, I’m not accusing any of these film actors (I just mentioned), of any wrongdoing. It just made me wonder!! Should actors be nominated if their films were a commercial and critical flop? So what do you think? Should actors get nominated for an award if their films are a critical and box office flop?
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