Being forever late to the party I just scanned the list of 2013’s Golden Globe nominations, and I wasn’t surprised at all when “The Walking Dead” did not appear in any of the major categories. Same for Thor, Katniss Everdeen, and pretty much any of the science fiction, fantasy, or whatever alternative title folks are tossing around for these hugely popular things these days. My frustration echoes back to “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer.”
The ratings for “The Walking Dead” are pretty much off the charts they are so good, and while I haven’t crunched the numbers I’m going out on a limb to say that “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” has outgrossed every movie that is nominated for a Golden Globe, maybe combined.
And while there are some really great shows on the list, “The Big Bang Theory,” ‘Breaking Bad,” “House of Cards,” and some terrific movies in the 2013 Golden Globe nominees, numerous fan favorites are not on the list. Is it because people gravitate to watch television and movies that suck?
No, I don’t think that’s it. All of the nominees for awards shows are deserving, because if you give the movie or the show a chance, generally it will take you in. In a lot of cases, movies like “12 Years a Slave” and even “Gravity” exist because studios have made money with other characters, like Thor, Katniss, and more. The same holds true for television, because of the success of one funding exists for another.
Maybe I’m over-simplifying the whole scenario, but there is only so much money floating around. The other side of the coin is that the awards shows, and not just the Golden Globes, provide a certain amount of media coverage for shows and movies that a lot of people don’t see. Yes, some have huge fan bases, but I think folks are more likely to run into a Walking Dead fan or a “Sons of Anarchy” fan at work, than a “Brooklyn 99” or “The Good Wife” fan. In short, awards shows are the ultimate commercial for these shows.
Are they good? Yes. And awards are subjective, because I think Norman Reedus should win the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series, or TV Movie every year. In fact, he should be the only one nominated.