January 13, 2012 6:07pm PT by Sophie Schillaci
Large Ensemble Casts 'The Help,' 'Glee' Lead to Golden Globes Seating Shortage (Report)
The Golden Globes has one big problem with its little venue.
With a significant number of ensemble projects nominated for awards this season, the Golden Globes is allegedly struggling to squeeze all the nominees into the Beverly Hilton.
“It’s a nightmare every year,” said an anonymous studio publicity chief in an interview with Vulture. “But this year is worse than ever, because this year, there are so many ensembles nominated. The Help’s ensemble is like, fifteen people. And then there’s TV shows like Glee, Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire. Instead of a year where it’s a show like The Good Wife, where it’s just Julianna Margulies, it’s a mess.”
Seats are so scarce that, according to Vulture’s report, even the lead actress of a best picture nominee will be unable to attend. Along with 50/50 writer and executive producer Will Reiser, actress Anna Kendrick found that she would be unable to attend the show in support of her film.
Though a spokesperson Judd Apatow assures that he will be in attendance, the Bridesmaids producer allegedly threatened to bail on the ceremony if all seven of his fellow producers were not in attendance.
A spokesperson for the HFPA responded to Vulture’s report with an e-mail stating: “As the show is held in the Beverly Hilton, we have far fewer tickets than other awards shows held at larger venues. The Globes are an intimate event and in keeping with that, we sometimes have limited tickets, especially in years like this when there are indeed a number of ensemble casts. It is always our goal to accommodate as many people associated with the nominations in the room but we do have a finite number of seats. We are not always able to accommodate significant others, co-producers and such. As much as we would love to have everyone associated with these accomplished films and television shows in the room, we just don’t have the seating for everyone involved… Unless we start hanging tables from the rafters, it will always be an in-demand ticket.”
A representative did not immediately return The Hollywood Reporter’s request for comment.