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UPDATE: While we reported that Brave co-director Brenda Chapman was not invited to attend Sunday's Golden Globes on behalf of the animated feature, the filmmaker later clarified via her busy Twitter feed that she "was invited to attend" by Disney, but was "not invited to the stage in the event of a win." Therefor, she must have decided not to go. Sorry for the confusion.
If you didn’t watch Sunday evening’s Golden Globes telecast with Twitter open for a simultaneous comments feed, then you really only enjoyed half of the show. While Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were undoubtedly funny hosts, the bulk of the laughs were streaming across Twitter at a furious clip. By the end of Jodie Foster’s memorable speech I wasn’t sure if the tears streaming down my face were from her unexpected honesty … or from the hysterical comments being made by some truly witty Twitter followers.
Those ignoring Twitter also missed reactions by people who almost actually won something at the Globes - and by that, I mean Brenda Chapman. Animation enthusiasts might know that Chapman was the original director of Disney/Pixar’s Brave, which took home the Golden Globe for Best Animated Film on Sunday. Mark Andrews, who was brought in to replace Chapman, accepted the award and thanked Chapman from the stage. Chapman, who was at home watching the show on her couch, took comments from followers and revealed – a little cynically – that she wasn’t even invited to attend the ceremony. “I would have loved to have been allowed to attend,” Chapman Tweeted, in various formats, to fans who asked why she wasn’t at the show. “But the Golden Globe win was lovely in spite of that.”
It brings up an interesting point about how much of Brave is Chapman’s, how much is Pixar’s, and how much do organizations like the Hollywood Foreign Press Association owe it to the talent to make sure they are in the room to possibly accept a prize? This is a miserable situation – a changing of the guard in mid-stream on a movie that opened months ago. And it could foreshadow another problem, as Brave has been nominated or an Oscar, and Chapman isn’t hiding the fact that she’d like to attend the Academy Awards. We’ll see if she’s in the audience on Oscar night.