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The Golden Globes is an award ceremony that is held each January to honor achievements in both film and television from both American and international filmmakers.
The 81st Golden Globes honoring the best of 2023 will be held on Sunday, January 7, 2024 in Beverly Hills, California, and it will be the first Golden Globes televised on CBS since 1982.
Before the event airs and you place your bets on this awards show, we wanted to provide a quick guide to what the Golden Globes are, what makes it stand out from other award shows, and what to expect from this year’s broadcast.
What Is the History of the Golden Globe Awards?
The history of the Golden Globes traces back to a time when World War II was very much underway in the 1940s. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) was founded in 1943 by journalists based in Los Angeles who wanted to enhance the news coverage of cinema in other markets outside of America.
They came up with an idea to hold an awards ceremony similar to the Oscars, which started in the late 1920s, to honor the best in film from the previous calendar year (January 1 through December 31). The first Golden Globes were held in 1944 and are typically done in California.
Obviously, television shows were not around yet, so it wasn’t until 1961 that the Golden Globes added awards designated for TV series, such as Best Television Series – Drama or the best acting in TV series awards.
No one has won more Golden Globes than singer and actress Barbra Streisand, who won 10. Meryl Streep still holds the record for most Golden Globes won in competitive acting categories with 8 wins and she holds the record for most nominations ever with 33.
While La La Land infamously did not win the Oscar for Best Picture, it did set a record at the Golden Globes with 7 wins, the most by any one film as it won in all 7 categories it was nominated for. The most nominations for any film belong to Nashville with 11.
Will & Grace has the misfortune of being the TV series with the most Golden Globe nominations (30) and never winning an award.
What Makes the Golden Globes Stand Out?
The Golden Globes are one of the most prestigious awards in the entertainment industry, and the January ceremony is a precursor and preview to the Oscars, which usually air in March.
But while the Emmys award TV shows and the Oscars award movies, the Golden Globes are the show that includes categories for both, which really makes them stand out among the award shows for filmmaking and acting.
Another way the Golden Globes stand out is their tradition of separating awards into 2 categories: Drama or Musical/Comedy. This way more movies and TV shows can get recognition on a yearly basis, and the nominees are chosen from a more similar group of performances.
The Oscars do not separate this way, so it can make it very hard for someone in a comedy role to stack up with someone who did a serious drama, which is the genre that has often dominated at winning Oscars.
Many award shows have come under increased scrutiny in this social media era in the last decade. The most common criticisms are aimed towards the voters exhibiting alleged discrimination and using outdated practices.
The Golden Globes are no exception to this. With a voting body of roughly 100 members from the HFPA, there have been complaints over the years that voters were not vetted enough as journalists to earn their credentials to vote on these films and TV shows.
Membership was deemed too restrictive and too elite with many diverse voices silenced and excluded from joining the HFPA. In 2021, it was reported that the HFPA had not enlisted a new Black member in almost 20 years.
There were boycotts of the HFPA by companies such as Amazon and Netflix in an attempt to get them to change their ways of who was allowed to vote. With mounting pressure from the boycotts, NBC decided not to broadcast the 79th Golden Globe Awards in January 2022. It was held as a private ceremony instead.
Finally, on June 12, 2023, the HFPA was disbanded and the rights to the Golden Globes were transferred over to Dick Clark Productions and Eldridge Industries. For the first time, they will be putting on the 81st Golden Globes ceremony in January, and the new broadcasting partner is CBS, with comedian Jo Koy set to host the event.
What to Expect from the 2024 Golden Globe Awards Show
The 81st Golden Globe Awards will honor the best in film and television from 2023. Barbie leads all films with 9 nominations, though Oppenheimer is a favorite in many key categories, and you can also expect Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon and Bradley Cooper’s Maestro to feature prominently on a night where biopics should rule the show.
On the TV side of things, HBO’s Succession leads all shows with 9 nominations as it should add to its collection of wins after a stellar final season. The Bear is 2nd with 5 nominations as it expects to perform well in the Musical or Comedy awards. There is also some very stiff competition for the Best Limited or Anthology series, including Beef, Daisy Jones & the Six, and Lessons in Chemistry.
There will also be 2 new categories for this year’s show:
Cinematic and Box Office Achievement
To qualify, films must gross at least $100 million domestically and $150 million worldwide. This could give franchise and comic book movies an edge over smaller dramatic films in the future, though this year’s award will likely still go to Oppenheimer or Barbie.
Best Performance in Stand-Up Comedy on Television
With the rise in popularity of comedy specials on streaming services such as Netflix and Max, this will be a way to honor the best of those. Chris Rock (Selective Outrage) and Ricky Gervais (Armageddon) are among the big names nominated this year.
If you like your awards shows stripped down to honor the most actors and films and TV shows possible instead of things like sound editing and costume design, then the Golden Globes are your No. 1 choice.