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?
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