If you bookmark just one article today in connection with the 2016 Golden Globe nominations, let it be freelancer Adam K. Raymond’s rundown of the journalists who make up the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).
Although Raymond’s “Detailed Breakdown” for Vulture of the HFPA member rolls was published ahead of the 2015 ceremony, it informs this morning’s nominations in a way that very few of today’s reports can. His thoroughly researched article lists voting members in alphabetical order and is sprinkled with all sorts of illuminating hyperlinks. Here for example is the paragraph on China-representing HFPA member Lisa Lu (pictured):
Lu has an interesting distinction among her HFPA peers: She’s the only one who’s also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She’s also probably the most successful actress in the group, having worked for many years onscreen and stage in the U.S. and China. Her most recognizable role was in 1993’s The Joy Luck Club.
Remember that amazing Wes Anderson acceptance speech from the 2015 Globes, where he started waxing poetic about the names of HFPA members? Raymond’s article is the journalism equivalent, highlighting the mix of legitimate and fringe that makes up not just this awards-related organization but others as well.