Globes receives high star wattage

Depp, Jolie, Berry all included in kudocast

While films and thesps nominated for the Golden Globes help set precedent for awards season, who actually shows up for the gala is just as important to the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn and especially for NBC.

And if the great majority of this year’s nominees stop by the Jan. 16 kudocast, the overload of celebrity star wattage might cause blackouts in the rest of the city. Clearly, the HFPA, whether intentionally or not, has invited globally known thesps — possibly at the expense of those actors not normally seen in People magazine.

For one Globes voter, the celebrity factor isn’t on the radar, however. Big names just happen to make big impressions.

“I can’t imagine anyone in the HFPA would think about who will show up,” says a longtime voter. “It’s more about the taste of the members not always being aligned with domestic critics and journalists. You just vote for what you like.”

Johnny Depp, one of Hollywood’s biggest box office draws, earned a pair of nods for “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Tourist.” His “Tourist” co-star Angelina Jolie also got tabbed, while Halle Berry, with her late-charging pic “Frankie & Alice,” made the cut as well.

Not enough A-listers? OK, how about Nicole Kidman (“Rabbit Hole”), Mark Wahlberg (“The Fighter”) and Michael Douglas (“Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps”).

Missing from the list were actors and actresses who may have been highly touted by Oscarologists, but didn’t make the Globes’ cut. Interestingly, some were non-Americans, meaning the HFPA — a group comprised of journalists who write for foreign publications — didn’t show much homeland favoritism.

Brits Sally Hawkins and Miranda Richardson of “Made in Dagenham” weren’t recognized, nor was Lesley Manville, who gives a bravura perf in Mike Leigh’s “Another Year.” Others who didn’t hear their names called were Mark Ruffalo from “The Kids Are All Right” and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld, who plays a girl searching for her father’s killer in “True Grit.” As a matter of fact, the Coen brothers’ pic didn’t notch even a single nom.

According to one HFPA member, there was some relief that Justin Timberlake didn’t make the cut. If the singer-actor had been nominated for his supporting role in “The Social Network,” the cries of singling out megastars would’ve been hard to shout down.

Says Michael Barker, co-president of indie studio Sony Pictures Classics: “As always happens with the Golden Globes, they tend to cater to stars and star-driven films, and that’s why it’s a great party. I do think the Oscars will be different, though.”

The more big stars that show up for the BevHilton gala, the bigger the smiles at NBC.

The show is one of the year’s ratings highlights for the Peacock, and an increase in the glitz factor could mean a bump in viewership.

“The Golden Globes is always a star-studded event, and I’m always struck by the star-power for the show,” says Paul Telegdy, head of alternative programming for NBC. “This is the first step in the award season calendar, and it’s a glamorous event.”

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