ricky gervais gg getty Golden Globes 2012 seating shortage thanks to ensemble castsWe loves us a good ensemble movie or TV show — “Bridesmaids,” “Modern Family,” “Boardwalk Empire,” etc. etc. — but it appears the Hollywood Foreign Press Association employee charged with creating the seating charts for this weekend’s Golden Globes might not appreciate them as much as we do.

Apparently, the proliferation of so many ensemble-centric projects this year has led to an extreme seating shortage at the Jan. 15 Ricky Gervais-hosted ceremony. According to Vulture, many films and TV shows have had to limit the number of people they can invite to the ceremony.

“It’s a nightmare every year,” a studio publicity head tells the site, “but this year is worse than ever, because this year, there are so many ensembles nominated. ‘The Help’s’ ensemble is like, fifteen people. And then there’s TV shows like ‘Glee,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Boardwalk Empire.’ Instead of a year where it’s a show like ‘The Good Wife,’ where it’s just Julianna Margulies, it’s a mess.”

“50/50” is nominated for best picture, but co-star Anna Kendrick and writer Will Reiser can’t even get a ticket to the show.

A HFPA spokeswoman gave a very non-specific comment to Vulture, saying, “As the show is held in the Beverly Hilton, we have far fewer tickets than other awards shows held at larger venues. The Globes are an intimate event and in keeping with that, we sometimes have limited tickets, especially in years like this when there are indeed a number of ensemble casts. … As much as we would love to have everyone associated with these accomplished films and television shows in the room, we just don’t have the seating for everyone involved….Unless we start hanging tables from the rafters, it will always be an in-demand ticket.”

Posted by:Jean Bentley