Why the Golden Globes are a dubious honour

Pop Goes The News — Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards show is a glitzy champagne-fueled kick-off to Hollywood awards season with stars of film and television tearfully thanking the Hollywood Foreign Press for the honours.

But viewers should take the awards with a huge grain of salt.

Winners of the Golden Globes are chosen each year by only about 90 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), a secretive group of individuals — virtually all of whom were already adults when the first Star Wars film hit cinemas.

In a 2010 Toronto Star article, Peter Howell described the HFPA as “a tiny group whose credentials are often sketchy at best.”

The HFPA no longer posts a membership list on its website and the organization refuses to talk publicly about its members or their affiliations.

For many years, Canada has been represented by four people: Dagmar Dunlevy, Noemia Young, Ray Arco and André Guimond.

“Never heard of them? Don’t worry, most of us in the Canadian media haven’t either,” James Adams wrote in a 2005 article in The Globe and Mail.

Dunlevy, from Germany, is a regular contributor to the Rogers-owned magazine Hello! Canada.

A former president of the HFPA, Dunlevy told CNN in 2002 that every year members have to provide clippings, videos and “anything that you have that proves that you are an active, working journalist.”

Young, who hails from Portugal and has lived in the U.S. since 1968, has had interviews published in Quebec’s 7 Jours — at least this one, this one, this one and this one in 2012 and this one in 1999.

Arco and Guimond, though, are unknowns in the Canadian media. Google searches found not a single article in a Canadian publication attributed to either man.

Arco, who is reportedly 87, is a native of Romania who emigrated to the U.S. while Guimond’s background is not known.