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The “Blood Sacrifice” at the Globes

Ava DuVernay addresses the Hollywood Foreign Press in 2017
Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Matthew Belloni
June 3, 2021

Everyone has a bizarre Golden Globes story. Here’s mine: Right after the show a few years ago, I was leaving the Beverly Hilton ballroom when I bumped into Phil Berk, a former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Great event, I complimented him. Yet he seemed unimpressed that Oprah had given an inspiring speech that would go viral, or that Jeff Bezos and Lady Gaga deemed his silly awards show important enough to sit through in its entirety.