Less than a week out from the 78th Golden Globe Awards and I still can’t believe it: how did Netflix’s universal hate-watch Emily in Paris score two major nominations, including one for best television series, musical or comedy?
It’s a good question, and one that even one of the series’ own writers posited, wondering why Michaela Cole’s revered I May Destroy You was snubbed in favour of a show about “a white American selling luxury whiteness”. But now the investigative unit at the Los Angeles Times has a bombshell theory for it, and it involves copious use of terms such as “ethical conflicts” and “culture of corruption”.
Oh boy, this sounds like it’s going to be good – for us, not for the 87 international journalists who make up the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which runs and votes on the Globes.
According to the Times, in 2019 the Paramount Network, which produced Emily in Paris, treated over 30 Golden Globes voters to a lavish set visit for the show in France which included “a two-night stay at the five-star Peninsula Paris hotel, where rooms currently start at about $US1,400 a night, and a news conference and lunch at the Musee des Arts Forains, a private museum filled with amusement rides dating to 1850 where the show was shooting.”