Golden Globes Noms: Why PH films didn’t make the cut

Awards season has begun in Hollywood, when the Golden Globe nominees were announced early December 12. Yong Chavez reports from the nominations event on Showbiz Tonight

Twenty-five categories were announced Dec. 12 as nominees for the 74th annual Golden Globe awards.

In the film categories, Lionsgate topped the number of nominations with 10, seven of which were for the musical “La La Land,” — including Best Acting nods for Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, and Best Director for Damien Chazelle.

This year’s nominees were announced by Hollywood stars Anna Kendrick, Don Cheadle, and Laura Dern.

The Philippines entered two movies in the foreign language category: drama Ma’Rosa (directed by Brillante Mendoza) and “Ang Babaeng Humayo,” or “The Woman Who Left.”

Though both critically acclaimed, it might have split the votes of the Hollywood Foreign Press Members, lessening the country’s chances for a nomination.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Filipino members were disappointed that the Globe nominees did not include the Philippine entries.

“Going in, I was really thinking because of the feedback that I got that finally the Philippines will make it, but unfortunately not one of them made it,” said HFPA member Ruben Nepales. “We’re also thinking, baka masyadong Euro-centric kung minsan ang choices din.”

“Alam mo na ang haba ng pelikula ni Lav Diaz,” said member Janet Nepales. “Pero, I think na-split din yung vote instead of one entry from the Philippines. But both movies were deserving to be nominated. Yun lang maraming kalaban na magagaling.”

They say to compete in Hollywood— like triple-nominee France, Germany, and Chile — the Philippines has to improve its campaigning efforts.

Every year, perennial foreign language nominees usually deploy a well-run marketing effort, largely supported by their respective governments.

Brilliante Mendoza, who directed the independent film Ma’ Rosa, has explained in the past the need for support to generate buzz for the film in Hollywood.

Meanwhile, Fil-Am actress Hailee Steinfeld was nominated for Best Comedy or Musical actress, for her critically-acclaimed work in “The Edge of Seventeen.” 

Steinfeld faces off with Annette Bening, Lily Collins, Emma Stone, and Meryl Streep, who will receive a lifetime achievement award during the ceremony.

Jimmy Fallon will host the Golden Globes awards show, which over 236 countries are expected to tune in when the winners are announced on January 8, 2017.

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