The "Atonement" Question
So where does that leave Atonement? The Hollywood Foreign Press Association in no way reflects the opinions of Oscar voters, because Oscar voters are the people who make the movies - the insiders. The HFPA are all foreign journalists, and they couldn't be further Academy voting body.
In other words, Atonement still isn't a slam dunk. It's Golden Globe win may be an omen, but its win here may be too little, too late.