10 Golden Globes facts you didn't know

10 Golden Globes facts you didn't know

As the ceremony gets underway in Hollywood, here are some interesting tidbits about the 75-year-old ceremony


The 75th annual Golden Globes awards is the biggest pre-Oscars event.
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Hollywood's biggest pre-Oscars prize-giving ceremony is organised by the 90-member Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The 75th awards are being held today, and while there will be a lot of attention and air time on the Times Up protest against sexual harrassment, there will also be a celebration of filmmaking. Here are 10 fun things to know about the Golden Globes.

1 Beginnings

Founded in 1944, the awards were given out for the first 14 years by journalists who were members of the Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association, a precursor to the HFPA.

Singer-actors Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr took over the stage as impromptu masters of ceremony in 1958 and stole the show - and were invited back as official hosts the following year.

From 1958 to 1963, the Globes were only broadcast only in the city of Los Angeles, where Hollywood is, finally going national in 1964.

2 The prizes 

Unlike the Oscar-awarding Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences, the HPFA doesn’t give out technical prizes such as best cinematography, sticking to recognising actors, directors, producers and writers.

A total number of 25 awards are up for grabs today - 14 in film and 11 in television.

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3 Winners 

Meryl Streep has the most nominations, her 31st coming this year for Pentagon Papers thriller The Post. She has won eight times, one less than record-holder Barbra Streisand, including non-competitive trophies.

Meryl Streep has received her 31st nomination for playing Washington Post publisher Katherine Graham.
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Helen Mirren and Jamie Foxx jointly hold the record for the most nominations in one year with three - two for Mirren in the Best performance in a limited series or motion picture made for TV, and one for best performance in a drama; and Foxx for best actor in a musical or comedy, best supporting actor in a drama, and best actor in a mini series or motion picture for TV in 2005.

The youngest winner remains Ricky Schroder, who was nine, for his role in 1979 boxing movie The Champ, while the oldest acting winner was Jessica Tandy, who was 80 when she picked up best actress for 1989 classic Driving Miss Daisy. Composer Ennio Morricone won best original score for The Hateful Eight in 2016 aged 87.

4 And a couple of losers... almost 

Renee Zellweger was in the bathroom when her best actress award for Nurse Betty was announced in 2001, leaving a bemused Hugh Grant to ask her table for her whereabouts.

The red-faced starlet turned up in the nick of time to receive her award, joking that she had been cleaning lipstick off her teeth.

She wasn’t even the first to make the error - Christine Lahti got caught short three years earlier, and was otherwise engaged when Michael J. Fox announced she had won best actress for Chicago Hope.

5 The ‘big five’ 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was the first movie to win all of the “big five” categories - best picture, actor, actress, director and screenplay - as part of a six-win haul in 1975.

It remained the only “big fiver” until La La Land scooped the major categories as part of a record-breaking seven-trophy clean sweep last year.

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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1967) and The Godfather, Part III (1991) each received seven nominations but lost in every category, going home empty-handed.

6 Lifetime achievement 

The Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement was first handed out in 1952 to ... Cecil B. DeMille. The American filmmaker made more than 70 films between 1914 and 1958.

Subsequent winners have included Walt Disney, Judy Garland, Sidney Poitier and Jodie Foster.

7 Objectors, contentious and otherwise 

Marlon Brando refused to accept his Globe for The Godfather in 1973 in protest against the Vietnam war. Two months later, he rejected an Oscar over the poor treatment of Native Americans in the film industry.

The producers of Z refused the Globe for best foreign language film in 1970 because they were angry it was left out of the prestigious best motion picture category.

8 The coveted trophy 

You might need both hands if you ever win one of these.
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The 24-karat gold-plated Golden Globe statuette costs around US$800 to make and is 27.3 centimeters tall and 8.9 centrimetres wide, weighing in at a hefty 2.5 kilograms.

After 2008, it was given a facelift and a marble custom presentation box.

9 The hosts 

This year’s show will be compered for the first time by NBC late night host Seth Meyers, who is promising the usual political humour throughout the night and has vowed not to avoid discussing Hollywood’s sexual misconduct scandals.

Previous hosts have included Ricky Gervais (2010-12, 2016), Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (2013-15) and Jimmy Fallon (2017).

10 The menu 

Before dinner, guests will be treated to champagne cocktails. They will sit down to a burrata cheese, frisee lettuce and heirloom tomato salad before tucking into a main course of sea bass.

Dessert is a crunchy base of Italian hazelnuts beneath a coffee biscuit and Frangelico mascarpone - all drenched in chocolate and topped with a chocolate globe filled with sea salted caramel.


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