There have been plenty of articles about whether Hollywood still values movie stars, but the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. sure as hell does.
Wading through the Golden Globe nominations, it's hard not to marvel at how brilliantly the list is assembled to maximize this year's available roster of talent, with a heavy emphasis on including movie stars wherever possible. In this respect, the movie "Nine" — a musical filled with celebrity cameos by an international cast — is almost the perfect made-for-the-Globes vehicle.
I've always said the Globes look as if they're put together based on Q scores — a measure of actors' recognition and popularity — and the latest batch is no exception. There's even the potential blockbuster "Avatar" in the best-picture list. Host network NBC must be doing cartwheels.
As for the TV nominations, it's hard to knock the inclusion of two first-year comedies, "Modern Family" and "Glee," which also made the American Film Institute Top 10 list on which I served as a juror. By contrast, the continued infatuation with "The Office," "30 Rock" and especially "Entourage" after a subpar year feels more than a little lazy.
There was an embarrassment of riches on the drama side, but I applaud the recognition for HBO's "Big Love," which also came off an excellent season and received just one nod, for best drama, at the most recent Emmys.
I've chided the HFPA in the past, but there's no arguing that the voters know exactly what kind of show they want to put on, and the nominations invariably reflect that. And with things as grim they've been for much of 2009, somehow a big ol' party filled with glitz — even if it's carefully manufactured — feels like a welcome respite right about now.