The winners of the Golden Globes aren’t officially announced until tomorrow – but it may be that we’ve gotten something of a sneak peek at the triumphing movies thanks to a mistake on the organisation’s website. Oh, the internet – you even spoil things that haven’t happened yet.
According to Deadline, late last night the Golden Globes website listed David Oyelowo’s Martin Luther King biopic Selma as the winner for Best Motion Picture, Drama, and the Meryl Streep/Johnny Depp-starring Into the Woods as the Best Motion Picture, Musical Or Comedy.
This result would mean defeats for Benedict Cumberbatch’s The Imitation Game, Eddie Redmayne’s The Theory of Everything and Pride, so not a great night for British cinema or sharp-cheekboned pale men. But if you’re celebrating (or sharpening the pitchforks) already, you might want to hold off – the “announcement” was probably just a glitch from digital marketing agency Bluefin Media who recently redesigned the Golden Globes website.
“While testing the official website of the Golden Globe Awards for Sunday’s ceremony, Bluefin inadvertently took the test live,” a spokesperson for the tech company said.
“We randomly selected two film titles with no knowledge of the category winners. We are solely responsible for the error.”
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (who run the awards) also have rules to ensure that very few people have access to the winners list, so it does actually just look like a mistake. On the other hand, this situation isn’t without precedent.
In 2012 the Screen Actors’ Guild award nominees were posted on the website hours before any official announcement was made, and those turned out to be correct. If Selma or Into the Woods go onto win in those categories tomorrow, someone’s going have a lot to answer for…
Selma is up against Boyhood, Foxcatcher, The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything, while Into the Woods will take on Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Pride and St Vincent.
You can see a full list of the Golden Globes nominees here.