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Awards Season

Everything You’d Ever Need to Know About the Golden Globe Awards

Everything You’d Ever Need to Know About the Golden Globe Awards
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If you’re a casual fan of awards season you know of one other show aside from the Oscars: The Golden Globe Awards. There’s an offbeat quality to the ceremony hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association that makes it one of the most entertaining and ridiculous around. The drinks flow freely, the hosts skew a little more relaxed, and the nominees tend to be a mix of both expected players and some oddball choices. This is a night where a winner could be in the bathroom when her name is called.

During the 2017 ceremony, “La La Land” earned the most Globe statues ever for a single movie with a whopping seven wins—a record that may hold for a while. This year “The Shape of Water” has seven nominations, while “The Post” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” each have six. And then, of course, there are the TV awards where “Big Little Lies,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” and more could all make an impression; the Golden Globes tend to favor freshman series and their rising stars.

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Meryl Streep, no surprise, holds the record for both most Globe nominations (31 as of now) and most competitive wins (eight). Four times in the awards’ history, a performer has taken home two statues in the same night: Sigourney Weaver, Joan Plowright, Helen Mirren, and Kate Winslet.

To celebrate and get ready for this awards season, Backstage is rounding up all the basics you need to know when it comes time for each individual awards ceremony. Here’s everything you’ve ever wondered about the glamorous Globes.

Who votes on them? The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is a collection of about 90 largely obscure journalists from around the world who reside in Southern California and ostensibly write about the movies. Over the years, to make sense of their sometimes bizarre choices, other reporters have dug into exactly who they are. In 2015 Vulture presented an investigation: “Some HFPA members are legitimate journalists and critics whose work could be found in major newspapers and magazines. Many more are junketeers who seem more interested in getting a picture with their subject than asking probing questions.”

When did they start? The history of the HFPA is a fascinating one. Per its website, though versions of international journalist groups existed previously, a version of the organization as we know it rose during WWII when the Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association was formed “to share contacts, information, and material.“ Their first Golden Globes ceremony took place in 1944. But the HFCA did not immediately grow into the HFPA; a group of members split off in 1950 to start the Foreign Press Association of Hollywood, which handed out the Henriettas (named after then-president Henry Gris). In 1955 the separate entities became one again.

How do they vote? The balloting procedure remains pretty simple. Members are asked to rank five nominees (from a reminder list of what’s eligible). The ranking will be used in the event of ties. That then goes back to an accounting firm. Final ballots this year were sent out Dec. 18, 2017 and were due Jan. 3, 2018. Movies, to be eligible, must be screened for voters in the Los Angeles area.

When are they this year? January 7, 2018.

Where do they take place? The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, California.

Where can you watch them? NBC.

Who hosts? Seth Meyers is up this year, taking up the mantle from last year’s Jimmy Fallon.

Who do they honor? What differentiates the Globes most from the other major show of the season is the split between drama and musical or comedy in the major categories. This divide can become hairy given that sometimes genre isn’t that simple. This year, for instance, there was mild controversy over whether “Get Out” really should be considered a comedy. And putting Ridley Scott’s “The Martian” under that label in 2016 struck some as, well, laughable.

Film:
Best Motion Picture – Drama
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Best Motion Picture – Animated
Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Best Director – Motion Picture
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Best Original Song – Motion Picture

TV:
Best Television Series – Drama
Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

On top of all of that, the Globes also regularly pay tribute to a Hollywood legend with the Cecil B. DeMille Award. Oprah Winfrey will be receiving it in 2018.

How can I join? The requirements are fairly self-explanatory but also fairly prohibitive. You must, according to the 2017 application, live in L.A., be able to prove you’re a paid “Hollywood correspondent” for a foreign publication, be registered in the International Directory for the Motion Picture Association of America, and be sponsored by two people who are presently members. So start schmoozing!

What is their relation to other major awards shows? Because of the prominence of the broadcast, the Globes are seen as a major stop on the way to the Academy Awards. And while they certainly they can swing public opinion about a particular movie or star, it’s worth remembering people who are in the HFPA are not in the Academy.

A 2013 study from FiveThirtyEight found that the Best Motion Picture Drama category has a 48 percent success rate of predicting the Oscar winner. That statistic resembles a 2016 Flavorwire analysis of the past decade that found that the Globes’ Best Picture (both comedy and drama) has a 50 percent chance of ending up the same as the Oscars’.

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In an up-for-grabs awards season like this one, don’t expect the Golden Globes to provide clarity. In fact, HFPA is probably better known for the surprising choices it makes. Remember, for instance, how Aaron Taylor-Johnson won Best Supporting Actor last year for “Nocturnal Animals” over “Moonlight’s” eventual Oscar winner Mahershala Ali? Tune in Jan. 7 to see what surprises are cooked up this year during one of Hollywood’s most fun evenings.

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