At least one "Web site technician" for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) revealed a secret crush on Anne Hathaway's lead role in "Rachel Getting Married" when the worker "randomly" awarded the actress an early Golden Globe two days before the official NBC telecast.
For a very short period of time, a star was noticed indicating Hathaway as the winner on the official Web site of the Golden Globes for her against-type role as a recovering junkie in "Rachel Getting Married".
If the star stands, she'd best a powerhouse of other actresses in the lead-actress category including Angelina Jolie for "Changeling," Meryl Streep for "Doubt," Kristin Scott Thomas for "I've Loved You So Long" and Kate Winslet for "Revolutionary Road".
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Quickly after the snafu went public, the HFPA posted the following whoopsie notice on Jan. 9, 2008 on its Web site:
In the process of preparing for Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, a technician working on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Web site made a mistake and a name of a nominee was randomly marked as a winner.
The mistake was immediately corrected. The ballots are tabulated by the accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP.
Only four executives of the accounting firm know the identity of the winners before the envelopes are opened and recipients are announced during the live telecast.
No one else – including the members of the HFPA – knows who the winners are prior to the live announcement.
The 66th Golden Globes will air on NBC at 8 p.m. EST on Jan. 11, 2009.