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25 Fun Facts About The Golden Globe Awards

By Jodi Smith | Lists | January 8, 2018 |

By Jodi Smith | Lists | January 8, 2018 |


Last night was the 75th Annual Golden Globes. You probably followed Courtney’s Live Blog if you stayed up to watch the ceremony. If not, maybe you hit up Dustin’s post with host Seth Meyer’s opening monologue or Kristy covering Natalie Portman’s epic burn on the Globes while presenting.

What do we really know about the lesser Oscars aside from the strange category gymnastics to honor certain films in any way possible and the ceremony’s role as an opener for Serious Awards Season? I’m here to help!

1. The Golden Globe Awards began in 1944 with members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association giving out accolades to perceived excellence in film and television.

2. In the long history of The Golden Globes, only one woman of color has ever been given the Cecil B. DeMille award for outstanding achievement in the entertainment industry, and that was last night when Oprah Winfrey accepted the honor.

3. The last time a woman received Best Director was in 1984 when Barbra Streisand won for Yentl. She was also the first woman to win. Streisand also has the most overall Globe wins with 9.

4. Meryl Streep has been nominated 31 times and has 8 wins. John Williams has been nominated 26 times and has won 4 times.


5. The Best Director category records are all held by men:
Elia Kazan - 4 wins
Clint Eastwood, Oliver Stone, Martin Scorsese, David Lean, and Milos Forman - 3 wins
Steven Spielberg - 11 nominations

6. White women lead the pack in winning two acting awards in one year:
Sigourney Weaver - 1989
Joan Plowright - 1993
Helen Mirren - 2007
Kate Winslet - 2009

7. Jamie Foxx is the only actor to be nominated for three acting awards in one year. In 2005 he was nominated for Ray, Collateral, and Redemption.

8. In 1989, there was a three-way tie for Best Actress. All of the winners were white women: Jodie Foster (The Accused), Shirley MacLaine (Madame Sousatzka), and Sigourney Weaver (Gorillas in the Mist).

9. In 2014, Amy Poehler became the first person to win while also hosting the show.

10. The Best Director nominees have been overwhelmingly male:


Find more statistics at Statista

11. Sidney Poitier was the first black actor to be nominated for and win a Golden Globe. His victory came in 1964, which was twenty years after the Awards were created. His first nomination was in 1959, fifteen years after the inception of the Awards.

12. Sidney Poitier, Denzel Washington, and Forest Whitaker are the only men of color to win Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama.

13. Whoopi Goldberg is the only black woman to win Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama. She won in 1986 for The Color Purple. Only 8 black actresses have been nominated for this award.

14. At two, Halle Berry has the most nominations for Best Actress for a black actress.

15. Morgan Freeman and Jamie Foxx are the only black actors to win for Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. Only 9 black actors have been nominated for this award.

16. Angela Bassett won Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. She is the only black woman to accept this award out of the 9 nominees.

17. Black actors have more nominations for supporting roles, with 14 black actors nominated and 16 black actresses nominated. Octavia Spencer holds the record for most nominations for a black actress in this category. She has been nominated three times.

18. Only four black directors have been nominated for Best Director. None of them have ever won.

19. Only five black writers have been nominated for Best Screenplay. None of them have ever won.

20. Television is another award category where black people are more frequently nominated, but still not nearly as much as white people. They also don’t win as much as white people. In fact, last night, Sterling K. Brown was the first black actor to ever win Best Actor in a Drama, TV. It’s 2018.

21. Mexican director Ismael Rodríguez was nominated for Best Director in 1962, which was 18 years after the inception of the awards. This was not for a Foreign Language or other such category.

22. A R Rahmen was the first Indian to win a Golden Globe in a “mainstream” category. In 2009. He won Best Musical Score.

23. Mario Fortino Alfonso Moreno Reyes, AKA Mario Moreno, and known professionally as Cantinflas, was nominated and won for Best Actor Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical in 1956. He was nominated again in 1960.

24. José Ferrer was the first Puerto Rican actor to win an Academy Award and he was nominated for Best Actor Motion Picture - Drama in 1950—and he won that too.

25. Chinese-American actress Nancy Kwan was nominated for Best Actress Motion Picture - Drama in 1960. In 2005, Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi was nominated in that same category.

I’m going to stop the facts here, as this list could be endless. Feel free to school us all in the comments.

Sources: Wikipedia, Statista, Please note all original instances of people of color have been changed to black actors and actresses. Much like the ceremony itself, there is no definitive source of Latino nominees or winners throughout the life of the Golden Globes. Every instance listed here was hidden amongst giant lists of white dudes.

Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.