The opening scene of the FX limited series “Feud: Bette and Joan” is set at the Golden Globes. Screen legend Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) storms out of the ceremony after Marilyn Monroe is feted. Determined to make herself relevant again, Crawford embarks on a comeback and recruits Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) to make a movie together. While that film, “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?,” relaunches their careers it also sparked a fierce fight over the Oscar.
This lavishly produced program should appeal to sentimental Golden Globe voters who value their place in Hollywood history. And that element could give it the edge over “Big Little Lies,” the modern-day mystery that swept the recent Emmy Awards.
Remember, unlike TV academy voters, HFPA members love to reward valentines to the industry. “RKO 281,” a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the making of “Citizen Kane,” won this award in 1999. Likewise for the 2004 telefilm “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers,” which chronicled the latter years of the Golden-Globe winning actor (“Being There,” 1980).
On the movie side, “The Artist,” which celebrated the silent film era, won Best Film Comedy/Musical in 2011. And the following year, “Argo,” in which producers played a key part in the rescue of hostages held in Iran, won Best Film Drama. Indeed, the clip shown at the Globes was set at the 1979 ceremony.
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