But the HFPA has a staunch defender in Bono, who seemed to urge reporters backstage at the Golden Globes on Sunday night to take the awards ceremony more seriously.
“We kind of laugh about the foreign-language press, [but] we have values in European cinema,” the
Writing a song for "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" forced U2 to put their upcoming album on hold.
"The timing was not ideal," band member Edge acknowledged.
But the move was worth it, band members suggested, because of their tight bond with the late South African president. Turning serious, Bono recalled spending time on Robben Island with Mandela, "hearing his voice crack" as he recalled his experience being imprisoned for 18 years there.
"He's so stoic and so kind of dismissive of his own pain," Bono said. "I'm not sure if you know this, but Mr. Mandela -- from cutting rocks on Robben Island with salt -- had lost use of his tear ducts. So this great man -- through all this historical drama -- was unable to cry."