As anyone who loves watching award shows can attest, the Golden Globe Awards is certainly one of the more unpredictable shows out there. As the boozed-up, more casual, fun sibling of the Oscars, you can always rely on this award ceremony to deliver the sort of jokes, acceptance speeches, wins, and totally unscripted moments that you just wouldn't get at any other award show. Some of the best moments from the Golden Globes have been those within which actors and celebrities let their hair down, have fun, or provide a candid display of their emotions. There's something honestly very special about the awards show, and as these facts about the Golden Globe Awards prove, that's something which has always been historically true for the event.
With the 74th Golden Globe Awards taking place on Jan. 8, 2017, it's about time that we all scrub up on our knowledge of the show, so that we might know what to expect. Except, let's be honest, we likely never will. The Golden Globes are unpredictable, and that's just the way people like it. So I recommend that you start stockpiling the wine, plan a (very) early dinner, and be prepared to take your heels and walk around with them in your hand all night, because here's all the strange facts about the show that will definitely get you in the mood for the upcoming ceremony.
1. You Have The Rat Pack To Thank For All Those Celebrity Presenters
Prior to 1958, celebrities didn't hand out trophies to other celebrities. No, ma'am. Back then, Hollywood Foreign Press Assocation members were instead tasked with that job. That's up until Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., aka The Rat Pack, stormed the Golden Globes stage with their whiskey and cigarettes to dish out the trophies. Afterwards, the HFPA then asked the notorious trio to repeat their performance the next year, and the tradition has continued with different celebrities handing out awards on a yearly basis.
2. The Golden Globe Trophy Is Heavier Than You Might Realize
3. Only Seven Celebrities Have Ever Hosted The Show
As incredible as it might seem, in the 72 years that the awards show has been handing out accolades, only seven people have hosted: Andy Williams (1964-65), John Larroquette and Janine Turner (1995), Ricky Gervais (2010-12, and again in 2016), Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (2013-2015), and 2017's host, Jimmy Fallon.
4. Amy Poehler Is The Only Host To Have Won An Award While Hosting
Poehler, as well as being one half of the greatest Golden Globes hosting team of all time, also happened to win an award while hosting. In 2014, the superbly funny actress won for her lead role on Parks And Recreation.
5. Dinner Is Served Ridiculously Early
Back in 2014, Variety noted that the Golden Globe Awards dinner is served up to nominees and guests at around 3:30 p.m. That way, when the show starts at 5 p.m., the broadcast isn't sullied by the background noise of dishes or clinking silverware.
6. The 2008 Golden Globe Awards Didn't Have An Actual Show
When members of the screen actors guild pledged not to cross picket lines in solidarity with the Writers Guild Of America writers strike, the Golden Globe awards was forced to cancel the ceremony. Instead, a televised press conference replaced it, with actors like Jeremy Piven apparently receiving his statuette in his driveway.
7. Three Actors Have Won Two Awards In One Year
In 1989, Sigourney Weaver won Best Actress for Gorillas In The Mist and Best Supporting Actress for Working Girl, Joan Plowright won Best Supporting Actress for Enchanted April and Stalin in 1993, and Kate Winslet won Best Actress for Revolutionary Road and Best Supporting Actress for The Reader in 2009. Get them Globes, ladies.
8. The First-Ever Ceremony Was Held During A Luncheon
Having been founded in 1943 by 21 foreign journalists, the ceremony was held at 20th Century Fox and had only five categories (Best Motion Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress) — the winners of which were given scrolls.
9. Two Actors Have Almost Missed Their Winning Moment, Because They Were In The Bathroom
The first time was in 1998, when Christine Lahti had to be hurried out of the bathroom when she won the Best Actress in a Drama TV Series for Chicago Hope. (Robin Williams, adorably, jumped up on stage and killed some time for her return.)
Unbelievably, three years later when Renée Zellweger made the same mistake and left Hugh Grant awkwardly awaiting her award acceptance when she won for Nurse Betty. Zellweger was found and rushed to the stage, just in time to stop Grant from accepting the honor on her behalf (and to confess that she'd been removing lipstick from her teeth in the bathroom at the time that her name was called).
10. An Award Was Once Given To Someone Else By Its Recipient
In 1998, Ving Rhames won the Best Actor in a TV Miniseries award for his role in HBO's Don King: Only In America. However when it came time to accept his trophy, Rhames invited fellow actor Jack Lemmon to join him on stage (who'd been nominated for his role in 12 Angry Men) and sated, "I feel that being an artist is about giving, and I'd like to give this to you," before handing Lemmon the trophy. The moment garnered a more than worthy standing ovation and now I seriously have something in my eye.
11. Emma Thompson Once Presented An Award While Making A Truly Feminist Statement
In 2014, Thompson lived the dream for the rest of us mere mortals by quite casually presenting an award with her high heels in one hand and a cocktail in another. Like an absolute boss, I might say.
12. Two Awards Have Been Declined Throughout The Show's History
In 1970, the producers of Z refused the Best Foreign Language Film award, as they wanted the film to be included within the main Best Motion Picture category instead. And in 1973, Marlon Brando declined his Best Actor accolade for The Godfather in a protest against American "imperialism and racism," for the way in which Native Americans had been treated by the movie industry.
13. Elizabeth Taylor Once Read Who The Winner Was Before She Read Out The Nominees
In 2001, while presenting the award for Best Drama, Taylor made the major faux-pas of opening the winning envelope of the category before she'd even named the rest of the nominees. The audience panicked, someone came out to stop her, and thankfully nobody had to hear who had won the award far earlier than protocol would usually allow.
I'm so ready for the 2017 ceremony to happen now. Here's hoping that this year no famous actors get stalled from accepting their trophy due to being in the bathroom. (Ah, who am I kidding? I totally hope this is the case.)