Personal injury lawyer Liev Lebedev is used to chasing ambulances, but come Sunday the 40-year-old attorney will be chasing a Golden Globe thanks to a well-placed billboard he put up to promote his struggling law practice.
“Things have been very difficult following alleged, how do you say it? embezzlement accusation and investigation by phony Department of Justice,” said Mr. Lebedev in a heavy Ukrainian accent, “but Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor – Comedy or Musical will improve things.”
Mr. Lebedev believes his surprise nomination is the result of a billboard he took out off of Sunset advertising his law practice with the words “For Your Consideration” written in both English and Russian. A confidential source within the Hollywood Foreign Press admitted that he assumed the billboard was promoting “some Netflix show or something. You know, like one of those weird foreign ones that show up in the middle of the suggested ‘irreverent comedies’ category.” The source reportedly told his assistant to make sure whoever was behind that billboard was nominated for what he assumed was an outstanding comedic performance.
“I thought the guy looked funny. Like a Borat,” said the confidential source. When asked why he would nominate someone for a Golden Globe for a show he never saw, he acknowledged that he doesn’t watch new TV. “There are too many shows now,” he said, explaining “I mostly just watch old episodes of Frasier on Hulu,” before asking his assistant if it was too late to switch out Mr. Lebedev’s nomination for David Hyde Pierce. It was.
Mr. Lebedev maintains he is honored to just be nominated for the award, but sees such recognition as the first step to rebuilding his law practice. “Golden Globe is most prestigious award,” said Mr. Lebedev. “Who knows? Maybe if I win I next get EGOT and then Trump appoints me to Supreme Court.”
Ignoring the suggestion that President Trump could appoint a clearly corrupted Ukranian operative to the nation’s highest court for fear that it could happen, this reporter pointed out that the “G” in “EGOT” stands for Grammy and not Golden Globe.
“Really? So what is Golden Globe good for?” he asked.
“Heh, Ask Glenn Close,” I said, but Liev didn’t understand the reference. “Oh, Glenn Close won the Best Dramatic Actress award at the Golden Globes last year but then lost at the Oscars to Olivia Coleman who had won the Golden Globe for Best Comedic Actress.
“Why would Golden Globes divide movies by comedy or drama?” asked Liev. “The distinction can be very difficult to make.”
“Yeah, it doesn’t really make sense,” I said. Liev tried to continue talking about the Golden Globes some more but I was getting bored with the conversation and excused myself.