Fed up with the Pia Zadora jokes – she was inexplicably named “new star of the year” in 1981, after her husband wined and dined voters – and battling an embarrassing lawsuit from a former publicist, the organization behind the Globes got serious about standards a few years ago. The days of wacky nominations, part of what made the Globes so much fun (at least to mock), are largely gone.
At the same time, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which organizes the Globes, has tried harder to make the ceremony live up to its billing as “the biggest party of the year.” More champagne! Mouthier hosts! A longer red carpet!