10 fascinating facts about the Golden Globe Awards

By Delaney Strunk

Published January 3, 2020


The 77th Golden Globe Awards, hosted by comedian Ricky Gervais, will air Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC.

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Before you watch TV's and film's biggest stars strut the red carpet, it's time you brush up on your award show knowledge.

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Here are 10 fascinating facts about the Golden Globe Awards.

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There are 25 main awards handed out throughout the night. 14 awards for film and 11 for television.

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The awards are presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), a group representing journalists from 55 countries.

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In 2008, the traditional ceremony was canceled due to the ongoing Writers Guild strike.

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Barry Jenkins, Spike Lee, Ava DuVernay and Steve McQueen are the only black directors to be nominated in the Best Director category.

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Actress Meryl Streep holds two Golden Globe records:
Most nominations - 32
Most wins - 8

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Whoopi Goldberg is the only black woman to win a Golden Globe in the Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama category.

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In 2017, "La La Land" broke the Golden Globes record for most wins by a film after taking home 7 awards.

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There was a three-way tie for Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama in 1989. Jodie Foster, Shirley MacLaine, and Sigourney Weaver each went home with the award.

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In 2019, the Golden Globes featured the inaugural Carol Burnett Award to honor actors who have made "outstanding contributions to television."



Sandra Oh made history last year, becoming the first actress of Asian descent to win multiple Golden Globes. She's also the first Asian woman to host a major awards show.

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