Golden Globes 2018: 10 fun facts about the awards ceremony

WION Web Team
Delhi, India Updated: Jan 05, 2018, 08:05 AM(IST)

Seth Meyers of 'Late Night with Seth Meyers' will be hosting the 75th annual Golden Globes awards ceremony on Sunday night. Photograph:( WION )

The 75th annual Golden Globes is expected to turn up the heat Sunday night with Hollywood A-listers looking forward to using the award ceremony for voicing their concerns and of course showing up in their best. 

Hollywood, over the last one year, has been in the crosshairs of myriad controversies from producer Harvey Weinstein getting accused by more than 100 women from the film fraternity to actor Kevin Spacey being removed from his own Netflix series "House of Cards" after he too, was accused of sexual misconduct by fellow actress and 15 other women. 

While 2017 saw the ugly side of Hollywood up front, the year also saw the release of some of the most mind-boggling movies with great scripts and incredible performances delivered by artists. 

Now that Golden Globes is a few days away, we round up pre-Oscars prize-giving ceremony in the form of 10 fun-filled facts: 

1. How it started

Golden Globes was founded in 1944 and were given out by journalists for the first 14 years of its running. These journalists were members of the Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association, a precursor to the HFPA.

Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr took over the stage as impromptu masters of ceremony in 1958 and were a big hit on the stage. They were invited back as official hosts the following year.

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From the years 1958 to 1963, the Golden Globes were only broadcast in Los Angeles. They started to get broadcast nationally from 1964.

2. The Prizes 

Unlike other award ceremonies and most importantly Oscars, the Globes only recognises actors, directors, producers and writers. They don't give out awards for technical skills. 

The total list of awards is 25 -- 14 in film and 11 in television. 

3. The Winners 

Actress Meryl Streep has the most nominations in Golden Globes. She got her latest nomination for her role in "The Post", her 31st in total. Out of all nominations, Streep has won the title eight times, one less than record-holder Barbra Streisand. 

Jamie Foxx and Helen Mirren jointly hold the record for the most nominations in one year with three.

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The youngest winner remains Ricky Schroder, who was nine, for his role in "The Champ," while the oldest was Jessica Tandy, who was 80 when she picked up best actress for "Driving Miss Daisy."

4. The Goof-ups

Actress Renee Zellweger was in the bathroom when her best actress award for "Nurse Betty" was announced in 2001. It led to Hugh Grant asking for her table for her whereabouts to give the award. She reached the stage just in time and announced to the audience that she had been cleaning lipstick off her teeth. 

Zellweger wasn't the first to do this as Christine Lahti had gotten caught in a similar scenario three years earlier when she won the best actress for "Chicago Hope".

5. The 'Big Five'

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

It remained the only "big fiver" until "La La Land" took home the major categories as part of a record-breaking seven-trophy clean sweep in 2017. 

Earlier, "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.

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6. Lifetime Achievement

The Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement was first handed out in 1952 to Cecil B. DeMille. 

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

7. Those Who Objected

Actor Marlon Brando refused to accept his Golden 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 award for best foreign language film in 1970 because they were angry it was left out of the prestigious best motion picture category.

8. The Trophy

The 24-karat gold-plated Golden Globe statuette costs around $800 to make and is 10.75 inches (27.3 centimetres) tall and 3.5 inches wide, weighing in at a hefty 5.5 pounds (2.5 kilograms).

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

9. The Hosts

NBC Late Night host Seth Meyers will be compering this year's show for the first time. He promises to use his political humour that he is rather famous for. He has indicated that Hollywood's sexual misconducts will also be treated with a fair punch of fun and satire in the night. 

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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 -- Moet Imperial, tequila, blood orange juice and a smattering of honey, according to a popular US-based magazine. 

The menu includes burrata cheese, frisee lettuce and heirloom tomato salad and the main course of sea bass. The dessert menu boasts of a crunchy base of Italian hazelnuts beneath a coffee biscuit and Frangelico mascarpone -- all in chocolate and topped with a chocolate globe filled with sea salted caramel.


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