FEB 22, 2017
(3 minute read)
We are well into Hollywood awards season, with the Golden Globes, SAG, and BAFTAs already in the rearview mirror. The next and final stop is the prestigious Academy Awards (aka The Oscars) this Sunday.
Everyone has their own predictions for the Oscar winner each year, but how much (if at all) do the results of the Golden Globes influence the outcome of the Oscars? How are these two award ceremonies different? Here are the basics:
The Golden Globes:
- Hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a group of 90-100 foreign journalists.
- Includes both film and television nominations.
- Gives out a total of 25 awards—14 for films and 11 for television.
- Often more of a relaxed ceremony, with dinner and an open bar, which can make for some fun speeches by the end of the night.
The Academy Awards:
- Hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), made up of more than 6,000 actors, directors, cinematographers and other filmmakers.
- Focuses solely on film.
- Awards a total of 24 Oscars—one less than the Globes.
- A very formal presentation, held in the Dolby Theatre.
Although the voting bodies of both award ceremonies are completely different, the Golden Globes takes place 5 days before Oscar nomination voting closes, and can raise the profile of certain films to members of the AMPAS, who might not have known much about them before. According to a tally done by Flavorwire in 2016, the Golden Globes has had about a 50% accuracy rate in predicting the Academy Award for Best Picture.
The two frontrunners at the Golden Globes this year were Moonlight—which won for Best Motion Picture Drama, and La La Land—which took home the Globe for Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.
Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins, is nominated for eight categories including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Barry has made history with these nominations—he's the first black writer-director to get nominated for all three.
Historically, dramas fare better at the Oscars then musicals, but when it comes down to it, there's only one category for Best Picture—it will be a close victory for the ultimate Oscar winner on Sunday. We'll be watching from the edge of our seat!