by Trish Milburn
A few days ago, Jo blogged about her love of television and how the writers' strike has upset her and her TV viewing. I have to say I'm in agreement, especially after the strike's latest casualty -- the Golden Globes broadcast. I've heard all the arguments against the big awards shows -- they're long, they're self-congratulatory, blah, blah, blah -- but I don't care. I love them, particularly the Golden Globes and the Oscars. I love the glitter of Hollywood and the magic of seeing films on the big screen. And I love watching the red-carpet arrivals, seeing which actresses have the most fabulous -- and most atrocious -- dresses. I mean, who among us hasn't seen an A-list actress arrive at the Globes or Oscars and wonder if Bjork picked her dress and Edward Scissorhands did her hair? By the way, I think Keira Knightley looks lovely in this past Globes photo even if she didn't get a red-carpet moment this year despite being a Best Actress nominee.
I'm not saying the writers shouldn't be striking, but at the same time I feel as if this year's crop of Golden Globe nominees got a raw deal. The winners' accomplishments didn't get all the pomp and circumstance as past winners. It's kind of like Olympic athletes who train for years to compete only to have their country boycott the Games the year they're slated to compete. You understand why, but the timing still stinks.
I think it's been my lifelong love of these awards shows that makes me really enjoy the RITA/Golden Heart ceremony at the RWA National Conference each year. RWA really goes all out to honor the nominees for these top awards. I may never get on stage to give an Oscar speech, but I have to say giving a Golden Heart speech and getting all spiffied up in evening attire is pretty darn cool. And perhaps for writers it's an even bigger deal because so much of our work is solitary, behind the scenes so to speak. To walk the red carpet, be interviewed by Romance Novel TV, and have your name, book title and picture flashed on the big screen is our own Oscar moment. We might even have "You like me, you really like me" flash through our minds. That's me in the blue below with good friend Mary Fechter (aka MJ Fredrick) at the ceremony in Atlanta in 2006.
But since the RITA/Golden Heart ceremony is still six months away, I'm hopeful that the writers' strike will end soon and I'll at least get to enjoy the glitter of the Oscars.
By the way, if you missed the list of Golden Globe winners, including Atonement as best picture, you can see it here.
Do you have any favorite red-carpet fashions from past Golden Globe or Oscar ceremonies? Are you a fan of awards shows?