Published: 20:59 EST, 26 February 2021 | Updated: 03:39 EST, 27 February 2021
The makers of Emily in Paris have hit back at ‘unfair’ claims that it received Golden Globe nominations after treating the judges to a luxurious set visit.
The comedy-drama show is up for best series and Lily Collins is nominated for best actress.
It was claimed this week that inviting 30 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) – which votes for the Globes – on a trip to visit the set in Paris had been an ‘ethical conflict’.
C’est chic: It’s been reported that the creators/studio behind Emily In Paris gifted over 30 members from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association luxury trips to visit set while the show filmed the City Of Lights
They stayed at a five-star hotel on behalf of the original production company Paramount, according to the LA Times.
During the trip the group was reportedly treated to two nights at the $1400-a-night, five-star Peninsula Paris hotel as well as a meeting and lunch at the historic and private Musée des Arts Forains, all courtesy of Paramount Network.
Though HFPA members weren’t the only ones who attended according to the Times’ sources, their organization’s rules specifically forbid members from accepting gifts from producers or studios that are worth more than $125.
But a source close to the production told Insider: ‘It’s unfair to say the conference is why the nominations came through.’ They added that the Netflix show is ‘hugely successful’.
In hot water: The voting body behind the Golden Globes came under fire after nominating the lighthearted Netflix romp for an honor while snubbing critical darlings like HBO’s I May Destroy You
Adding to the controversy, black actress Michaela Coel’s acclaimed BBC drama I May Destroy You was snubbed. And the HFPA admitted that it had no black voters on its nominations panel.
Both critics and casual culture connoisseurs were surprised to see Emily star Lily Collins and the Darren Star-created series earn nods while things like Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You and Black ensemble casts like Da 5 Bloods, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Judas And The Black Messiah, and One Night In Miami were overlooked in the main categories.