Showbiz Sandbox 264: Globes Have Golden Opportunity To Expand Awards Season

Not even two weeks into 2015 and the annual slog known as awards season has commenced in earnest. This year’s festivities were kicked off by the Golden Globe Awards over the weekend which pull double duty by honoring the best of both movies and television. We wonder if it might make more sense to hold two different ceremonies throughout the year; one for movies and one for television.

The BAFTA nominations were also announced last year, though there was very little British about them, as has traditionally been the case. Guild nominations have also started pouring in as well, though what everyone wants to know is how all of this will affect the upcoming Oscar race.

Meanwhile, some established artists in the movie and music industries have started to offer their latest work directly to fans. By some accounts these experiments have proven incredibly successful and profitable, or so it would seem. Unfortunately, there’s no real way to tell since sales figures for such efforts are often hard to come by.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including John Travolta’s return to television, why actress Charlize Theron requested a pay raise on her next film and an update on the Sony cyber attack.


Around-the-World Roundup: ‘Taken 3’ Adds $40 Million, ‘Hobbit’ Passes ‘Guardians’

‘PK’ Becomes Top-Grossing Film of All Time in India

BAFTA Nominations: ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Leads With 11

Golden Globes: The Complete Winners List

Big Wins For ‘Transparent’ Make It Clear: TV’s Undergoing A Revolution

Why It Matters That ‘Transparent’ Won At The Golden Globes

F.B.I. Says Little Doubt North Korea Hit Sony

Charlize Gets More Than $10M Deal After Fighting for Equal Pay

FCC Chair Has All But Confirmed He’ll Side with Obama on Net Neutrality

Neil deGrasse Tyson Bringing Star Talk to Late Night TV in April

New Record Service VNYL Distributes LPs Like Netflix

John Travolta Lands Lead Role In FX’s ‘American Crime Story’

China’s Alibaba Pictures’ First Movie to Team Wong Kar-Wai and Tony Leung

Directors Guild Study: First-time TV Directors Overwhelmingly White

CNN Explains Decision to Censor Charlie Hebdo Muslim Cartoons

Art Speigelman Denounces U.S. Press Hypocrisy For Not Publishing Charlie Hebdo Cartoons

Radio, Not YouTube, Is Still King of Music Discovery

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Gets R Rating for ‘Unusual Behavior’

Craig Ferguson Syndicated Talkshow Not Moving Forward

Thom Yorke Made As Much as $20M From His BitTorrent Experiment

David Cross Launches His New Movie as Pay-What-You-Want Download

PJ Harvey Sells Exclusive Look Into Recording Sessions To Fans

Publishing Thrived on Kickstarter in 2014

Is Amazon Building A New Crowdfunding Platform For Inventors and Investors?

Sandy Reisenbach, Former Warner Bros. Marketing and Advertising Exec, Dies at 82

Donna Douglas, Elly May Clampett on ‘Beverly Hillbillies,’ Dies at 81

Anita Ekberg, International Screen Beauty, Dies at 83

Francesco Rosi, Palme d’Or-Winning Italian Director, Dies at 92

Taylor Negron, Comic and ‘Ridgemont High’ Actor, Dies at 57

Double Oscar Winning Actress Luise Rainer Dies at 104

Prolific Reality Producer Howard Schultz Dies at 61

Edward Herrmann, ‘Gilmore Girls’ and ‘Lost Boys’ Actor, Dies at 71

Andraé Crouch, 72, Who Infused Gospel With Soul, Dies

Samuel Goldwyn Jr., 88, Dies; Hollywood Scion and Film Influence