Sarah Palin Adviser Criticizes 'Game Change' Golden Globes Win

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An aide to Sarah Palin had some tough words for HBO's "Game Change" on Monday, criticizing the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for awarding multiple Golden Globes to the campaign drama.

"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," Palin adviser Jason Recher told CNN. "The reality was an original American story, not a screenplay by people who only imagined events to fit their fiction."

The film, which focuses on Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) 2008 presidential bid, picked up three Golden Globes on Sunday-- one for best miniseries or TV movie, one for Julianne Moore's depiction of Sarah Palin, and one for Ed Harris' portrayal of McCain.

Prior to the ceremony, Moore reflected on the reservations she had about playing the Republican vice presidential candidate and former Alaska governor.

"I had a tremendous amount of trepidation," Moore said. "When you're doing something on someone so well known in the news, it's a big hurdle to get over. But we worked really hard and did a lot of research to be as accurate as possible."

Recher also rejected the idea that the ceremony, which was hosted by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey and honored female-driven series like HBO's "Girls," was "shining the light" on women in Hollywood.

"It's clear however they only celebrate women who fit their political ideology," Recher said. "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."

Recher is not the first member of Palin's camp to speak out against the film. Palin herself weighed in on the movie when it premiered last spring, dismissing it as unimportant.

"For instance, our son called from Afghanistan yesterday and he sounded good and that's what matters," Palin said. "Being in the good graces of Hollywood's 'Team Obama' isn't top of my list."

However, other members of the McCain-Palin team had quite different takes on the HBO film. Nicole Wallace, a senior adviser to the campaign, said last year that the depiction was "true enough to make [her] squirm."

"This is a movie about the vast gray area where 99 percent of our politics actually takes place,” Wallace said. “You’re just feeling your way though a gray area and doing your best and that campaign was one of those instances for me."

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that "Game Change" was awarded two Golden Globes. It was awarded three.

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