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The Golden Globes’ weirdest nominations ever

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It’s a cherished American tradition: Once a year, we come together to question the integrity and taste of the Golden Globe Awards. And in 2021, the ceremony honoring film and TV has given us plenty of strange choices to whine about.

Last week, it was revealed that the Netflix show “Emily in Paris” reportedly flew ⅓ of the 90-person Globes voting bloc to Paris and put them up in the $1,400-a-night Peninsula hotel for a junket. The chic trip to the City of Lights might have helped net the show two nominations, including best comedy series.

Meanwhile, Sia’s nominated film “Music” is awash in controversy for its happy-go-lucky portrayal of autism. And to cap it all off, it was reported just days ago that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which puts on the ceremony, has zero black members. A banner year!

But the Globes have long provoked skepticism and outrage for its shady dealings and cuckoo picks. Here are some of the weirdest Golden Globes choices ever.

Pia Zadora in “Butterfly”

Pia Zadora shockingly won a new star of the year Golden Globe in 1982 for her turn as a nymphomaniac daughter in "Butterfly."
Pia Zadora shockingly won a new star of the year Golden Globe in 1982 for her turn as a nymphomaniac daughter in “Butterfly.”
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A mystery still not fully explained is Pia Zadora’s new star of the year award in 1982 for her performance in the critically eviscerated drama “Butterfly.” The tawdry film is about an Arizona man (Stacy Keach) who starts up an incestuous relationship with his long-lost daughter Kady (Zadora), who just so happens to be super into that kind of thing. Gross. Times critic Vincent Canby said the newcomer’s sexualized performance was “like a Brigitte Bardot who’s been recycled through a kitchen compactor.”

When Zadora got the award, some lobbed accusations that her then-husband, Israeli billionaire ‎Meshulam Riklis, swayed the Hollywood Foreign Press Association by hosting a lavish press junket at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, which he owned.

Still, she maintains she won her trophy fair and square. A few months later, her performance would also fairly earn her the Golden Raspberry Award for worst actress.

“Scent of a Woman”

Al Pacino dancing with Gabrielle Anwar in a scene from "A Scent of a Woman"
“Scent of a Woman” controversially won Best Motion Picture – Drama after voters got to meet Al Pacino.

Nobody would call “Scent of a Woman” a bad movie. It received Oscar nods, too, and Al Pacino rightly won an Academy Award for playing a blind lieutenant colonel. But it was never the season front-runner. (It competed against “A Few Good Men,” “Howard’s End,” “The Crying Game” and “Unforgiven,” which ultimately won the Oscar for Best Picture). So, when the film snagged the 1993 Golden Globe for best drama film, the HFPA found themselves in the midst of yet another controversy. Hollywood insiders were irate when it was revealed that many voters were flown out to New York to meet Pacino during the voting process. And nobody involved would say who paid for the starry jaunt.

Halle Berry (“Frankie & Alice”)

Halle Berry in Frankie and Alice.
Halle Berry got a best actress nod for 2010’s “Frankie & Alice,” but most audiences couldn’t see it until four years later.
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Another criticism frequently faced by the Globes is that it nominates stars solely to get them on the red carpet — A-list talent in D-list duds. That definitely tracks for Halle Berry’s 2011 best actress in a drama film nod for “Frankie & Alice.” The small Canadian movie about a stripper with a murderous split personality was skewered by critics, although some praised Berry’s work. Stranger still, most Americans weren’t able to see it. While “Frankie & Alice” had a limited release in 2010 to qualify for awards, its wide release was shelved till 2014.

“The Martian” 

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The Golden Globes surprised everybody when “The Martian,” starring Matt Damon, was considered a comedy.
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What was the funniest part of “The Martian”? Was it when Matt Damon’s astronaut was stranded on Mars, seemingly destined to die alone? Or when he managed to grow potatoes to stave off starvation? Perhaps it was his harrowing final maneuver to reach the crew sent to rescue him. What was your favorite song in the movie? Oh, right, there weren’t any. All of the above is why people were scratching their heads when “The Martian” was nominated for — and won! — the “best motion picture — musical or comedy” prize in 2016. It edged out actual, um, comedies, such as “The Big Short,” “Joy,” “Spy” and “Trainwreck.”

Johnny Depp (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”)

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Johnny Depp has been nominated for 10 Golden Globe Awards over his career.
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For a solid 20 years, the slobbering HFPA would have nominated Johnny Depp for taking a walk around the block. From 1991 to 2011, the actor received a mammoth 10 Golden Globe nominations. Compare that to his lifetime three Oscar nods. Crazier than the sheer amount, though, were the projects themselves, including 2005’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” in which he played Willy Wonka like a Wisconsin drugstore clerk; 2010’s “Alice in Wonderland,” with his flame-haired Mad Hatter; and, worst of them all, “The Tourist,” also in 2010.

“The Tourist”

Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp.
Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp were mocked onstage by Ricky Gervais for their movie “The Tourist.”
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Critics absolutely slammed “The Tourist,” which was a remake of a 2005 French film, but it still managed a best musical or comedy film Globe nomination and undeserved acting nods for Depp and Angelina Jolie, who had an icy lack of chemistry. The inclusion was so roundly criticized, host Ricky Gervais mocked it in his monologue.

“It was a big year for 3-D movies,” he said. ” ‘Toy Story,’ ‘Despicable Me,’ ‘Tron’ — seems like everything this year was three-dimensional, except the characters in ‘The Tourist.’ “

Piling on, Gervais added: “I feel bad about that joke, because I’m jumping on the bandwagon. I haven’t even seen ‘The Tourist.’ Who has? But it must be good, because it was nominated.”

“Burlesque”

Cher and Christina Aguilera in a scene from "Burlesque".
“Burlesque,” starring Cher and Christina Aguilera, was nominated for Best Picture – Comedy or Musical, despite being panned by critics.
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Remember when Christina Aguilera gave acting a shot? If you answered, “No,” you’re lucky. In 2010, she played an aspiring performer who moves to LA to make it big, only to wind up working in a basement-not-quite-strip-joint run by Cher. The Post’s critic Lou Lumenick said of Aguilera’s turn, “Her acting debut isn’t going to keep Anne Hathaway awake at night.” Still, it managed three Golden Globe nods, including best comedy or musical film.

John C. Reilly (“Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story”)

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Audiences were surprised when actor John C. Reilly got a Best Song nomination for “Walk Hard.”
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You can bet your bottom dollar that John C. Reilly never dreamed of or anticipated receiving honors for his musical stylings. Leave it to the Globes to get there first. Reilly wrote the song for his character in 2007’s “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” a comedic parody of Johnny Cash. The tune is perfectly fine, but has lyrics such as, “You know when I was a boy, folks used to say to me, ‘Slow down, Dewey, don’t walk so hard.’ ” Reilly ultimately lost to Eddie Vedder.

Robin Williams (“Patch Adams”)

Robin Williams in "Patch Adams."
“Patch Adams” is considered a low point in Robin Williams’ career, but he got a Best Actor nomination anyway.
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Robin Williams was one of our greatest comedic actors, but “Patch Adams” was easily one of his worst films. In the comedy, he played a suicidal man who becomes a medical student and questions the traditional doctor-patient interactions. He’d rather yuk it up instead. But, as Gene Siskel put it, “Who would want Mork at their bedside?” The film was an awkward mix of lowbrow jokes and extreme sentimentality, and Williams’ performance was cranked up to 11. Naturally, the Golden Globes nominated him for best actor in a comedy or musical film, as well as the lousy movie itself.

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‘Brokeback Mountain’ screenwriter Larry McMurtry dead at 84

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Larry McMurtry, the prolific novelist and screenwriter who won a Pulitzer Prize and an Academy Award for his work, died Thursday at 84.

Amanda Lundberg, a spokesperson for the family, confirmed McMurtry’s death in an obituary published Friday by the New York Times. Lundberg did not respond to The Post’s request for confirmation.

Neither the cause of death, nor where McMurtry passed away, are known.

McMurtry was best known for his anti-Western work, or stories that focused on demythologizing the romanticism of the American West.

“I’m a critic of the myth of the cowboy,’’ the native Texan said in an 1988 interview. “I don’t feel that it’s a myth that pertains, and since it’s a part of my heritage I feel it’s a legitimate task to criticize it.’’

Often cited as his most memorable work, his coming-of-age book “The Last Picture Show” sold over 9 million copies and was adapted into a film starring Cybill Shepherd, Jeff Bridges and Cloris Leachman.

McMurtry was not only respected for his 843-page novel “Lonesome Dove,” which won him the Pulitzer and was made into a mini-series for television, but also for the screenplay for “Brokeback Mountain,” a 2005 romantic drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger. Co-written with his housemate and collaborator Diana Ossana, the pair won the Academy Award in 2006 for that film, which focused on the romantic relationship between the two men, one a ranch hand and the other a cowboy.

McMurtry co-wrote the screenplay for "Brokeback Mountain," which won him an Academy Award in 2006.
McMurtry co-wrote the screenplay for “Brokeback Mountain,” which won him an Academy Award in 2006.
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Over the course of more than 50 years, McMurtry wrote more than 30 novels, more than 30 screenplays — and published other works of memoir, history and essays. One book, “Horseman, Pass By,” was made into the film “Hud,” starring Paul Newman. The film version of his novel “Terms of Endearment” won the Best Picture Oscar in 1984.

McMurtry was born the son of a rancher in Wichita Falls, Texas, in 1936. He studied at North Texas State, Rice and Stanford universities. He taught English at the university level, but ditched teaching in his younger years. For about a half-century, McMurtry was also a bookseller. His store Booked Up, in Archer City, Texas, is one of the largest in the nation, according to the Times.

Archer City, where he was raised, served as a model for the town of Thalia, which appeared in his works of fiction.

It’s not clear who survives McMurtry, but he most recently married the widow of his friend Ken Kesey, Faye, in 2011.

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Truth of Pink, Christina Aguilera ‘Lady Marmalade’ feud revealed

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Gitchie-gitchie yourself a load of this juicy drama. 

Sex, divas and shade, honey! Those were the makings of music producer Missy Elliott’s masterful 2001 “Lady Marmalade” remix — which celebrates its 20th anniversary next month. 

While the Grammy Award-winning track — with lusty vocal contributions from pop powerhouse Christina Aguilera, rock ‘n’ roll fireball Pink, R&B dynamo Mya and hip-hop heroine Lil’ Kim — starts off with a sultry salute to “all the soul sistas,” the vibe between the singers was anything but sisterly. 

“I think it’s pretty public knowledge that there was tension between Christina and Pink,” Tina Landon, who served as lead choreographer on the music video for the chart-topping jam, told Cosmopolitan.  

Landon, Missy, Mya and Aguilera all recently revisited the sweet beats and sour notes of working together on the colorful collaborative piece that had almost every millennial sing-screaming “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir?” with the radio volume on full blast. 

“It got a little hairy at one point,” the choreographer said of the unharmonious energy between Aguilera and Pink. 

Their bad blood boiled over on March 17, 2001, during the two-day video shoot in Los Angeles. 

“They were all sitting there watching each other work. Paul Hunter, the director, was trying to give Christina direction and she couldn’t hear him,” Landon said. 

“She said, ‘What did you say?’ And Pink reiterated what Paul had said. Christina did the thing: ‘I was talking to Paul.’ I just sank down in my chair going, ‘Oh, God, please don’t let this get worse.’ And it didn’t!”

Although the dance pro remembers the on-set edginess, Pink, 41, said the beef between her and XTina ignited well before a single “Lady Marmalade” lyric was ever sung. 

“[Aguilera’s label executive] Ron Fair walked in and didn’t say hello to any of us,” Pink said of one of the formative meetings she had with her would-be collaborators. She recounted the incident during her feature on VH1’s “Behind the Music” in 2009. 

“He said, ‘What’s the high part? What’s the most singing part? Christina’s going to take that part,’ ” she recalled. 

“And I stood up and said, ‘Hi. How are you? So nice of you to introduce yourself. I’m Pink. She will not be taking that part. I think that’s what the f – – king meeting is about.”

From there, “I just became the a – – hole,” Pink added. 

Pink, Christina Aguilera and Mya celebrate their Grammy win.
Pink, Christina Aguilera and Mya celebrate their Grammy win.
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But after years of exchanging thinly veiled barbs, unmistakable side-eye glares and nearly resorting to fisticuffs during a heated exchange at a club, the “So What” superstar said she’s made amends with her “Fighter” singing rival. 

“She’s so talented and, deep down, I’ve had bad days, too. She’s a really sweet person. We made up on ‘The Voice,’ ” Pink told Andy Cohen on “Watch What Happens Live” in 2017. 

Aguilera, 40, echoed Pink’s illustration of their newfound friendship to Cosmo. 

“She’s such a powerhouse and definitely paved the way, setting the precedent of pushing back if something didn’t feel right,” she said. 

‘She’s so talented and, deep down, I’ve had bad days, too.’

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Decades-old shadiness aside, Mya, 41, praised “Lady Marmalade” — a remake of Patti LaBelle’s 1974 tune — as the women’s empowerment anthem of the day. 

“It was truly about coming together, being women, being slightly over the top, expressing ourselves, and exuding our bold approach to being sexual beings,” the singer insisted. 

Producer Elliott, 49, reimagined LaBelle’s original version of the song to be used as a seductive hymn for director Baz Luhrmann’s blockbuster “Moulin Rouge!” The ornate film earned Oscar and Golden Globe accolades in 2002. 

Although La Belle, 76, gladly belted out the hit alongside Pink, Mya, Aguilera and Lil’ Kim — all of whom she lovingly refers to as her “little girls” — at the 2002 Grammys, the music legend still demands the world’s respect as the “Lady Marmalade” originator. 

“People loved it and still do today,” the Philadelphia native told Cosmo. 

“When I do it onstage, I have to say to the audience, ‘I did this 100 years ago. These little heifers, they did it 20 years ago and it’s a hit.’ I have to remind them that I did it first. Isn’t that something?”

Pink, Mya, Lil' Kim and Christina Aguilera perform with Patti LaBelle at the 2002 Grammy Awards.
Pink, Mya, Lil’ Kim and Christina Aguilera perform with Patti LaBelle at the 2002 Grammy Awards.
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Jay Baruchel on his starring role in sitcom ‘The Moodys’

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When Jay Baruchel took his starring role in Fox sitcom “The Moodys,” he enlisted his wife’s help. 

“I got sent the script about a month before I was about to get married. If I took the gig, it would mean starting a day or two after our wedding . So of course I had to ask my — at that time — fiancee what she thought,” he said, referring to Canadian model Rebecca-Jo Dunham Baruchel, who he married in 2019. 

“We each cracked open our laptops and sat on either side of the kitchen table and read them simultaneously and were both laughing a whole bunch. That made it easy.”

Season 2 of “The Moodys” premieres Thursday, April 1 (9 p.m.). Baruchael returns as Sean Moody Jr., one of the three adult Moody children. Other members of the close yet dysfunctional family include his brother Dan (Francois Arnaud), sister Bridget (Chelsea Frei) and his cantankerous parents, Ann (Elizabeth Perkins) and Sean Sr (Denis Leary).

“We all get on like a house on fire,” he said. “[Perkins and Leary] are both just so good at what they do, it makes me better, being around them. It’s been wonderful getting to be their fake son.”

Jay Baruchel and Rebecca-Jo Dunham Baruchel at the 2020 Oscars.
Jay Baruchel and Rebecca-Jo Dunham Baruchel at the 2020 Oscars.
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Season 1 revolved around the Moody family reuniting at Christmas when each had their own struggles and self-destructive behaviors: Dan got into a messy love triangle with his cousin’s girlfriend while Sean Jr. was still living with his parents and working at an ice rink. Bridget, meanwhile, was a high-powered lawyer who had recently cheated on her husband. 

Season 2 sees Dan continuing to have love troubles, Bridget getting divorced, parents Ann and Sean Sr. contemplating a road trip, and Sean Jr. chasing “get rich quick” schemes such as a funeral business involving fireworks (to “revolutionize the grieving industry”).

“I am incredibly fortunate that I found a career in acting, because basically if I didn’t get on TV and movies, there’s a very good chance that I am Sean Jr,” said Baruchel. “We’re wired very similarly in that we’re chronic daydreamers — as passionate about the stuff we dig as we are absolutely incapable of doing anything else, to our respective detriments. There’s a lot of me in him and vice versa. But the biggest thing is that I was lucky enough to trick people into giving me a career in movies and stuff.”

Baruchel, who grew up in Montreal and is now based in Toronto, is known for a slew of movie and TV roles, including “Knocked Up,” “Tropic Thunder,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” and “Undeclared.” As high-profile as many of his projects are, fans often approach him about one that’s much more obscure. 

Jay Baruchael returns as Sean Moody Jr. for Season 2 of “The Moodys.”
Jay Baruchael returns as Sean Moody Jr. for Season 2 of “The Moodys.”
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“Actually I think the one I get recognized for the most is one a lot of people in the States have no idea was a thing. When I was 15, I co-hosted an educational show called ‘Popular Mechanics for Kids.’ It was on all the time up here [in Canada], so it’s like a whole generation of kids that ate cereal every day watching me teach them about centrifugal force. That’s probably the one I get the most love for still, to this day.”

While he was tight-lipped about Season 2 of “The Moodys,” he had a cryptic teaser. 

“It’s pretty crazy. Sean is a very ambitious lad, and he maybe doesn’t always think everything through as well as he should, so I’ll say this: there are monks involved. What would make people interested that wouldn’t give anything away? Monks.”



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