Include a Documentary Award in the Golden Globes

Include a Documentary Award in the Golden Globes

    1. Tom Roston
    2. Petition by

      Tom Roston

      New York, NY

Documentary films are awesome. They have risen to a level of popular recognition, newsworthiness, and cinematic quality that make it a blaring omission not to include them in the annual awards show. So why isn't there a Golden Globe Award for documentary filmmaking?

Unlike the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards both feature length and short documentary films at the Oscars, Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) does not currently recognize documentary filmmaking. But it wasn’t always like this. The Golden Globes did bestow awards for Best Documentary Feature for a brief period between 1972 and 1977.

Nonfiction film is no longer the spinach on your plate. The world, and documentaries, have changed. Start thinking of docs as the olive, or lemon twist, if you will, in your drink. Documentary filmmaking deserves support and recognition on a national scale. As one of the top honors in achievement in film and television, it’s time for the Golden Globes to recognize the importance and high entertainment value of documentary film.

Will you join me in telling the Hollywood Foreign Press Association that the Golden Globes will be better, more vital, and, yes, more fun, with a documentary category?

Please include a Documentary Award in the Golden Globes. They, and we, will be the better for it.

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    • Ellen Stenstrom CHARLOTTE, NC
      • 5 months ago

      Documentaries are very important in getting hopes and dreams told too.

    • Lynn Powell-Macklin LAKESIDE, CA
      • 6 months ago

      I love Documentary films! In some ways, they have the replaced "real" Journalism, that is now absent in our TV "News" programs.

    • Donna Harris AMBOY, WA
      • 8 months ago

      There are many documentaries that should be acknowledged.

    • Wendy King NASHVILLE, NC
      • 9 months ago

      I really enjoy documentary films and have never missed even one. I have learned so much. They have broadened my understanding of important issues and enlarged my understanding of the world and important issues. There should definately be an award for this category of film. Documentary films uplift us all and inform us all. Where would current legislation be if Mr. Gore had not made his on global warming? Please create a category for these films. Supporting them will ensure that they stay relevant, trustworthy, and excellent. Thank you.

    • Brian Davis GLENDALE, CA
      • 9 months ago

      Doc's are awesome HFPA is slippin!


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