If you believe in giant conspiracies to control our politics, economy, and industry, then you probably don't think it's that hard to rig an awards ceremony. Or maybe you don't believe in the Cinderella stories inherent to awards shows, where unknowns and heavyweights can compete for the same prize. Regardless, there have been many notable Hollywood award show conspiracy theories that have surfaced over the years.
Conspiracies about why something or someone got a win or nomination over something or someone else are common in the entertainment industry. Some of these seemingly crazy and out there theories have a surprising amount of evidence to support them, but others are made up entirely, with no basis in fact whatsoever.
Were the Grammy's an Illuminati stage show? How did Ben Affleck's Argo really pull off that Best Picture Oscar win? Here are 12 conspiracies and inexplicable events that took place at the Oscars, Golden Globes, and Grammy Awards.Which of these award show conspiracies do you believe? Have you heard any others? Read on and head to the comments section for further discussion.
Film Companies Buy Golden Globes
Allegations that Golden Globe nominations and awards are bought by studios have been floating around for decades. Harvey Weinstein is particularly thought of as someone who simply buys awards for his films.
But for the 2016 show, host Ricky Gervais simply came right out and said it, declaring "One Hollywood publication said that me hosting would mean that some film stars would stay away for fear of being made fun of. As if film stars would stay away from the chance of winning a Golden Globe. Particularly if their film company has already paid for it."Naturally, the broadcast cut to a shot of Harvey Weinstein laughing.
Shakespeare in Love Wins Best Picture
The romantic trifle of Shakespeare in Love besting Steven Spielberg’s D-Day epic Saving Private Ryan instantly went down in history as a massive Best Picture upset. Soon, a conspiracy theory arose that producer Harvey Weinstein essentially bought the Oscar through his aggressive campaigning, launching a multi-million dollar bid that was unheard for independent films at the time. Some also believe there was a general backlash against the “importance” of the film, or against Spielberg in particular.Whatever the case, the upset is seen as one of the most surprising in Oscar history, and Shakespeare in Love is routinely listed among the worst films ever to win the big prize.
Zero Dark Thirty Gets Zero Dark Oscars
While the chronicle of the tracking and killing of Osama bin Laden won numerous awards at other ceremonies, it was essentially shut out of the Oscars, winning just one for Sound Editing. Was this due to a conspiracy led by several US Senators to punish the filmmakers for portraying the country in a bad light?Shortly after the film was released, three Senators publicly objected to its depiction of torture as an information-gathering technique. They soon launched a probe to determine if the CIA had colluded with the film’s screenwriter to reveal classified information. Some awards watchers thought the probe negatively affected the film’s Oscar campaign, even going so far as to suggest Academy voters had been contacted by members of the Senate. However, the probe was dropped without finding any evidence of wrongdoing – the day after the Oscars.
You Are a "Tourist"
While it was a box office success, the 2010 Johnny Depp/Angelina Jolie spy thriller The Tourist was slammed by critics. Yet it was nominated for three Golden Globes, including in the Best Picture: Musical or Comedy category. Not only that, but the Cher/Christina Aguilera misfire Burlesque was also nominated for Best Musical or Comedy, despite scathing reviews.
While the Hollywood Foreign Press Association claimed The Tourist had "elements of preposterous fun," hence it being nominated as a comedy, the rest of the media didn't buy it. Instead, the HFPA was accused of being bought off by Sony, the distributor of both films, with an all expenses paid trip to Las Vegas - featuring a performance by Cher, naturally.