Washington (CNN) – An adviser to Sarah Palin chided the Hollywood Foreign Press Association on Monday for awarding several Golden Globes to the HBO political drama “Game Change.”
The film, based on the book of the same name by the journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, was a critical portrait of Palin’s tumultuous role in John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. The movie picked up three Golden Globes Sunday evening, including one for best mini-series or motion picture made for television.
Julianne Moore also won an award for her portrayal of Palin. Ed Harris won for playing McCain.
Palin aide Jason Recher called the film a work of fiction.
"It comes as no surprise that the Hollywood Foreign Press recognized another Hollywood group, HBO, for their work of fiction and awarded a prize for best fictional filmmaking,” Recher told CNN. “The reality was an original American story, not a screenplay by people who only imagined events to fit their fiction."
Recher and other Palin loyalists from the 2008 campaign have been sharply critical of the film since it was released early last year. At the time, Palin’s political action committee responded with a slickly-produced video montage of pundits praising Palin’s impact on the McCain campaign.
Palin backers say the movie is based primarily on the biased accounts of former McCain advisers Steve Schmidt and Nicolle Wallace, two of Palin’s fiercest critics.
The creators of the film, Jay Roach and Danny Strong, have defended their work, saying they relied on people both critical of and sympathetic to the former Alaska governor in developing the project.
In her acceptance speech, Moore thanked comedian Tina Fey and former CBS anchor Katie Couric for making “a significant difference in the 2008 election.” Fey famously mocked Palin on Saturday Night Live, and Couric won plaudits for an interview with Palin in which the vice presidential nominee seemed flustered and unprepared.
Recher said Sunday’s award show was a vivid example of Hollywood liberalism at work.
"The media is reporting last night was Hollywood shining the light on and celebrating women,” he said. “It’s clear however they only celebrate women who fit their political ideology. Women who don’t conform to their liberal values are torn down in terribly harsh ways - a clear double standard which was awarded last night.”