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Emily In Paris reportedly wooed Golden Globe voters with lavish trip to the City Of Lights

Emily In Paris creators may have convinced members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to nominate the show for a Golden Globe after wooing them with a VIP trip to the City Of Lights.

The voting body behind the Golden Globes came under fire after nominating the lighthearted Netflix romp for an honor while snubbing critical darlings like HBO’s I May Destroy You.

And now one possible reason has been revealed by the Los Angeles Times, who reported that ‘more than 30’ of the HFPA’s 87 members were flown out to visit the set of the Darren Star-created series while it was filming in 2019.

‘They treated us like kings and queens,’ one HFPA member told the paper.

C’est chic: It’s been reported that the creators/studio behind Emily In Paris gifted over 30 members from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association luxury trips to visit set while the show filmed the City Of Lights

During the trip the group was reportedly treated to two nights at the $1400-a-night, five-star Peninsula Paris hotel as well as a meeting and lunch at the historic and private Musée des Arts Forains, all courtesy of Paramount Network.

Though HFPA members weren’t the only ones who attended according to the Times’ sources, their organization’s rules specifically forbid members from accepting gifts from producers or studios that are worth more than $125. 

A studio insider privately denied flying anyone from the HFPA to Paris to Us Weekly, telling the outlet the event was fairly standard.

The source explained that the event’s attendees stayed at the Peninsula under a discounted group rate and their meals consisted of a modest buffet-style breakfast and a buffet-style lunch.

Reports of the gifted trip came after the HFPA caused a ruckus with its February 3rd Golden Globe nominations.

In hot water: The voting body behind the Golden Globes came under fire after nominating the lighthearted Netflix romp for an honor while snubbing critical darlings like HBO's I May Destroy You

In hot water: The voting body behind the Golden Globes came under fire after nominating the lighthearted Netflix romp for an honor while snubbing critical darlings like HBO’s I May Destroy You

The suite life: During the trip the group was reportedly treated to two nights at the $1400-a-night, five-star Peninsula Paris hotel as well as a meeting and lunch at the historic and private Musée des Arts Forains, all courtesy of Paramount Network

The suite life: During the trip the group was reportedly treated to two nights at the $1400-a-night, five-star Peninsula Paris hotel as well as a meeting and lunch at the historic and private Musée des Arts Forains, all courtesy of Paramount Network 

Both critics and casual culture connoisseurs were surprised to see Emily star Lily Collins and the Darren Star-created series earn nods while things like Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You and Black ensemble casts like Da 5 Bloods, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Judas And The Black Messiah, and One Night In Miami were overlooked in the main categories.

And even some inside the organization are saying the agree with the criticism.

‘There was a real backlash and rightly so — that show doesn’t belong on any best of 2020 list,’ another member of the HFPA admitted to the LA Times.

‘It’s an example of why many of us say we need change. If we continue to do this, we invite criticism and derision.’

Emily writer Deborah Copaken shared a similar perspective while reflecting on the show’s nom in a piece for The Guardian, writing: ‘That I May Destroy You did not get one Golden Globe nod is not only wrong, it’s what is wrong with everything.’

Overlooked: Both critics and casual culture connoisseurs were surprised to see Emily star Lily Collins and the Darren Star-created series earn nods while things like Michaela Coel's I May Destroy You (above) and Black ensemble casts like Da 5 Bloods, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Judas And The Black Messiah, and One Night In Miami were overlooked in the main categories

Overlooked: Both critics and casual culture connoisseurs were surprised to see Emily star Lily Collins and the Darren Star-created series earn nods while things like Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You (above) and Black ensemble casts like Da 5 Bloods, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Judas And The Black Messiah, and One Night In Miami were overlooked in the main categories

‘Yes, we need art that reflects all of our colors, not just some. But we also need to give awards to shows (and music and films and plays and musicals) that deserve them, no matter the color of the skin of their creators. 

‘…How anyone can watch I May Destroy You and not call it a brilliant work of art or Michaela Coel a genius is beyond my capacity to understand how these decisions are made.

Before the Globes debacle, leading lady Collins called general criticism about the series ‘disheartening’ but ‘a gift’ back in November 2020 to Vogue Arabia.

‘As disheartening as it sometimes is to read these things, it’s also a gift,’ the daughter of Genesis rocker Phil Collins said’You’re being allowed to improve.’

People can see how Emily In Paris fares at the 78th Golden Globes Awards when they take place Sunday, February 28th at 5pm PST/ 8pm EST.

Going for the gold! People can see how Emily In Paris fares at the 78th Golden Globes Awards when they take place Sunday, February 28th at 5pm PST/ 8pm EST

Going for the gold! People can see how Emily In Paris fares at the 78th Golden Globes Awards when they take place Sunday, February 28th at 5pm PST/ 8pm EST


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