Awards Preview (VIA: CBC)
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In 1943, a group of writers banded together to form the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and by creating a generously distributed award called the Golden Globe Award, they now play a significant role in film marketing. The 1st Golden Globe Awards, honoring the best achievements in 1943 filmmaking, was held in January 1944, at the 20th Century-Fox studios. Subsequent ceremonies were held at various venues throughout the next decade, including the Beverly Hills Hotel, and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
In 1950, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association made the decision to establish a special honorary award to recognize outstanding contributions to the entertainment industry. Recognizing its subject as an international figure within the entertainment industry, the first award was presented to director and producer, Cecil B. DeMille. The official name of the award thus became the Cecil B. DeMille Award.
In 1963, the Miss Golden Globe concept was introduced. In its inaugural year, two Miss Golden Globes were named, one for film and one for television. The two Miss Golden Globes named that year were Eva Six (of the films Operation Bikini and Beach Party) and Donna Douglas (of television’s The Beverly Hillbillies), respectively.
In 2009, the Golden Globe statuette was redesigned (but not for the first time in its history). The New York firm Society Awards collaborated for a year with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to produce a statuette that included a unique marble and enhanced the statuette’s quality and gold content. It was unveiled at a press conference at the Beverly Hilton prior to the show.
Revenues generated from the annual ceremony have enabled the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to donate millions of dollars to entertainment-related charities, as well as funding scholarships and other programs for future film and television professionals. The most prominent beneficiary being the Young Artist Awards, presented annually by the Young Artist Foundation, established in 1978 by late Hollywood Foreign Press member, Maureen Dragone to recognize and award excellence of young Hollywood performers under the age of 21, and to provide scholarships for young artists who may be physically and/or financially challenged.
Moonlight, which stars Mahershala Ali, Trevante Rhodes and Naomie Harris, is based on a play and tells the story, in three acts, of a boy trying to find himself as he comes of age.
La La Land is a whimsical modern-day musical about the artistic struggles of those trying to make it in Los Angeles. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are both nominated for their singing and dancing roles.
But that’s just the beginning of the many storylines happening at this year’s Golden Globes.
Ryan vs Ryan
Two Canucks will go head-to-head in the best actor category for a musical or comedy. In addition to Gosling’s La La Land nomination (he was born in London, Ont.), Ryan Reynolds is also up for his foul-mouthed comedic performance in Deadpool. The Vancouver-native returned to his hometown to shoot the film.
Casey Affleck is poised to take the best actor award in a motion picture drama for his portrayal of an uncle who returns home to care for his nephew in Manchester By The Sea.
But the younger brother of Ben Affleck isn’t just soaking up the spotlight — he’s also battling it.
Casey Affleck was accused of sexual harrassment by two women, a case that was eventually settled in 2010 with Affleck denying any wrongdoing.
The allegations, which never entered criminal court, don’t seem to be harming the actor’s rise to the top. He’s already won a number of critics’ circle awards for his performance. A Golden Globe would most certainly send a message that he’s being embraced regardless of any past issues.
The toughest category isn’t in film… it’s in TV
The frontrunners are clear in the film categories this year. But that’s hardly the case for television, particularly with the best drama series.
The list of contenders says it all: Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, Westworld, The Crown and This Is Us. The Crown, with its exceptional performances and writing, could easily take it. But Netflix’s Stranger Things was a surprising hit with audiences and Game of Thrones, which broke an Emmy record this year but has yet to score a Golden Globe for best drama, always puts up a good fight.
Will Fallon get political?
Host Jimmy Fallon is known for his “aww shucks” demeanour and softball late-night interviews. He’s a friend, not a foe, of celebs, so they’re unlikely to be a target of his zingers.
That leaves current events as a key source of comic material and, given the liberal slant of Hollywood, he’ll have a receptive audience if he chooses to make jokes about America’s new political reality.
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