Hollywood Foreign Press Association dismisses allegations of Golden Globes 'payola schemes'

In response to a $2 million lawsuit filed by the former lead publicist for the Golden Globes, which alleges, among other things, that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which puts on the Globes, engages in “payola schemes” that involve accepting money and gifts in exchange for recognizing particular films, the HFPA has released an official statement refuting the charges: “[Co-plaintiffs] Michael Russell and Steve Locascio’s allegations are completely without merit. This is no more than the case of a disgruntled former consulting firm, whose contract was not renewed, attempting to take advantage once again of the Globe’s international stage for their own gain.”

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  • Mephysto

    Oh come on, the golden globes are a joke, they have as much meaning as those “world best” coffee mugs… anyone who take them seriously are sad and pathetic

  • Randy

    The fact that the Tourist is nominated and Scott Pilgrim ignored says a lot.

    • Christine

      Hear, hear! Or here, here. I could never tell.

      • Tyson

        It’s Hear, hear! And I completely agree. Scott Pilgrim was an instant classic. The Golden Globes are up there with the People’s Choice Awards. Or should I say, down there.

    • jujube

      two words could win this lawsuit: “pia zadora”

      • RT

        Jujube nailed it. Nothing has changed in the past 30 years since the whole Pia Zadora scandal.

  • nn

    The Golden Globes are a joke and I wouldn’t be surprised if this were true.

    • T. Davis

      I know for a fact these stupid things are bought and paid for. As you said the whole thing is a con joke. Just as the “Peoples” Choice awards you know who will win. If you show up, sit in the front row for the cams and take part in the show you get an award. And of course if your backers cut a nice check you get a big fake gold prise. It’s phoney ego baloney.

  • Benjamin Peters

    Members of the Hollywood Foreign Press have long been known to be “on the take”. Studios wine and dine them at lavish press conferences where each member enjoys having there picture taken with the celebrities they’ve interviewed but nothing will touch their credibility because the studios now prop them up because the Golden Globes have become a studio marketing tool.

    • T. Davis

      You nailed it. And the bigger your name and the bigger the check the bigger the prize.

  • Scott

    Whehter the Globes are worth a dang or not, this rumor is still true quite likely, because if it wasn’t, we’d be seeing a LONG list of better, different movies nominated than we have the past decade…

    • T. Davis

      Yeah, they want you to believe that a dud like Marky Mark deserves to be called a “best” actor. Yawn. The rating on this crap is slipping all the time. Why? Because out in the real world people are sick of it.

  • Scott

    on the same note, go back to 1982 when all award shows but the people’s choice awards, failed and/or neglected to even mention SCARFACE…coincidence? i think not..

  • Japanese Japanese HIROSHI

    IMO, Golden Globes (vous) should take a serious look at the Best Picture Musical/Comedy category. For any given year in which five well-deserved nominees in such category are rendered impractical, make it, for instance, three instead, SVP.

  • Reeta Slayworth

    What a name! How many jokes can one make out of Rottenberg?

  • juvlnes

    Oscars are also rigged!

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