4.05 pm Jan 15, 2013
The Golden Globe Awards
Chat with Hindu's film critic Sudhish Kamath on the Golden Globe Awards.
24 questions answered
- hey... Paul Thomas Anderson's the master, amid being hailed as one of the year's best by many critics , did not even get a single award. Do you think its because of its commercial failure? Asked by: Sai
- Sudhish Kamath Hey guys, just got online. Will start right away. The Globes are not really a judgment of the best artistic films... they are at best what the media liked. Awards for the media-savvy... since the voters are from Hollywood foreign press, they're votes will obviously have a lot to do with what they liked which is probably influenced by how accessible or media savvy which producer, director or actor is!
- I just loved Tina Fey and Amy Poehler...They just rocked it!! Do you agree? Asked by: heartbeat
- Why aren't Indian films getting awards like Golden Globe, Oscars etc. Is it because, the western audience does not understand Indian culture and its depiction in movies? Asked by: Narayan
- Why the Golden Globes are notorious (especially of late) for picking films that do not go on to win Oscar gold as the year’s top film ? Asked by: Arunachalam
- Sudhish Kamath The noms for Globes and the votes are by the press. The votes for the Oscars are by Academy (industry insiders). So they are bound to differ. The media is likely to honour people they like and the Academy made up of really senior Hollywood industry professionals are likely to honour what it thinks is great cinema.
- ben affleck won the golden globes for best director.he is not even in final 6 of oscars which of these awards is credible ? Asked by: Arunachalam
- Sudhish Kamath None of the awards are credible if you mean to ask which awards are proof of a film's quality. Like Woody Allen does not go to award shows simply because he does not believe it is possible to prove or explain why one film is better than the other because it's evaluation of art which is subjective compared to a race where you know who's winning. The one who finishes first.
- Is there a Lobbying agency at work for getting the prizes to it's clients ?? Asked by: sundar1950in
- Oscar awards and Golden Globe awards are won by Quality or Popularity ?? Asked by: sundar1950in
- Why aren't Indian films getting awards like Golden Globe, Oscars etc. Is it because, the western audience does not understand Indian culture and its depiction in movies? SOme of the Indian movies are better than the ones that have won Oscars Asked by: Narayan
- Life of Pi not in the race in golden Globe awards ?? Asked by: sundar1950in
- Understand Tabu was stunning on the red carpet. What was her visit there for ? Asked by: sundar1950in
- Golden Globe // OSCAR - - which award comes with more of Prize money ?? Asked by: sundar1950in
- Is golden globe trying to compete and overtake OSCARS prestige in the film industry ?/ Asked by: sundar1950in
- Why wasn't Suraj Sharma nominated for any of the Big Shot awards?Are they a lobbing against, just as Lagaan didn't get the Oscar? Asked by: Munai
- Fair enough. . . I would also like to have Mr Sudish's views on IIFA, FILMMARE, STARPLUS CINE AWARDS, VIDEOCON AWARDS, ZEE AWARDS and now MICROMAX AWARDS. Asked by: Santosh
- Sudhish Kamath Any award is a product of a group of people liking it. To understand what an award means, just see who is voting for it. If the voters are people and say Salman Khan wins Best Actor... it tells you more about who the voters are than who the Best Actor was... I don't judge actors or filmmakers by awards. I judge the award show hosts by who they have honoured. I don't think even one of them have acknowledged the growth of the independent cinema. No category there! Shows how cinema literate they are!
- Is the Indian Audience as a whole still not evolved enough to appreciate good cinema? While in Hollywood we do see good films doing good business Asked by: Shruti
- Sudhish Kamath I don't want to say one kind of cinema is superior than the other. So it's not about evolving but yes, there is very little awareness about the other kind of emerging cinema in India that's not driven by stars but an independent vision and an offbeat script. While Hollywood has created an ecosystem for the smaller independent films to exist, we haven't succeeded in putting together an environment for small films to flourish yet! 95 per cent of the people are happy with the Khans. I don't see anything wrong with that. But we are a huge country of over a billion. So even the five per cent interested in offbeat cinema means there's a huge potential... we just need to put a system in place. PVR has done a great job with Director's Rare that releases films with very little marketing budgets.... To give you an idea, to get to the 100 crore club, a film spends 20-25 crore on just marketing and publicity. You can make 50 films with just the marketing budget of a 100 crore film. But we don't have the ecosystem to sell those 50 films right now.
- Just like KamalHaasan says,Oscars & GoldenGlobes are all stuffs made for them,by them ! But a common Indian moviegoer still has the misconception that Oscars are the ultimate ! How n When ll it change ? Asked by: Sidd
- Is use of excessive special effect make film less chance to get the awards. except lord of ring. Also last year in oscar avatar did't get best picture award. Asked by: Aditya
- George Clooney doesnt age does he? And he has excelled even as a producer! What do you put that down to? I mean all top actors earn bucket loads of money but only few have the right mind to invest in good movies! What does Clooney do right where others have failed? Asked by: obuli
- Sudhish Kamath Hahaha! Maybe because he stayed single and just dated one hawt woman after another. :) But it's not just Clooney, there's Affleck, there's Wahlberg and even Tom Cruise once in a while invests in great films. You need to have that desire to back good stuff. Sometimes, if you don't have the money to produce it, waive your fees... A lot of young Hollywood actors are doing that. Ryan Gosling, Joseph Gordon Levitt, James Franco... That's as good as producing the films.
- Had Aaranya Kaandam been lobbied well, do you think it had any chance at the Academy? Asked by: Anand
- Sudhish Kamath That's a tough question. But yeah, it probably had a good chance of a nomination if it did have that kind of a marketing budget to ensure that the members got to attend the screening. You have to take out a lot of ads, throw parties and stuff... It's a lot of work and money that doesn't always translate to return on investment for Indian films.
- Amitabhji said that we don't need a Oscar/Golden Globe to do justice to our talents.What is your take on that? Asked by: Munai
- Is this whole Golden Globe, Oscars purely down to marketing? Who gives American critics the right to say this is the best film, they can't connect with locally flavored movies that much right? Why isn't there an independent international organization to award great films from all over the world? We see only region specific awards like Cannes, Oscars! Asked by: obuli
- Sudhish Kamath They don't claim what it's not. They are the Hollywood press. They will only honour Hollywood press. And the odd foreign film that releases there. There's the Spirit independent awards for indie films. There's Sundance and Slamdance that are always looking for entries from around the world. There are many fests... We need more fests with standing so that more films have a chance of winning. :)
- Let me put it another way. Should you have been an Academy member or FPA member, which film would you have voted from India in the last 3 years? (apart from GNGM) Asked by: Anand
- Indian audience try hard to focus & understand movies like Inception,Memento,Looper..But when it comes to our very own HeyRam,AnbeSivam,Aalavandhan - they just rub it off saying they couldn't understand it ! Funny na ? Asked by: Sidd
- Songs and dance in indian film is also responsible for non recognisation of our film in interantional market. beacuse i read the international reviews of TZP and all critics say songs make film slow and distract the movie goer.As i am concerned TZP is much better than Slumdog Asked by: Aditya
- Sudhish Kamath Hahaha! Yes, I'm sure TZP is a better film in your book. But like I said a few questions ago, awards tell you more about the voters than the films nominated. Sometimes a film is honoured because it gives them an experience unlike anything they have seen before. Slumdog probably marketed Indian cinema to the West in a way that no Indian film before managed to. And this was a film that was supposed to go straight to DVD. It became this big film purely on word of mouth after playing at film festivals. So there's obviously something in the film they liked which you didn't like or see. When I see it through their eyes, I see a great film.