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History of the Golden Globe Awards


It is almost time for the Golden Globe Awards once again!  The Golden Globe Awards, produced by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA),  has been a tradition passed down for 68 years. Today, the Golden Globes recognize achievements in 25 categories; 14 in motion pictures and 11 in television.  Each year HFPA members interview more than 400 actors, directors, writers and producers, as well as reporting from film sets and seeing more than 300 films. Members also attend film festivals in other countries in order to seek out interesting and innovative foreign language films and establish cultural bonds with directors, actors, jurors and fellow journalists around the world.

Some History…

HFPA was first formed in the early 1940s when Pearl Harbor had drawn America into World War II audiences needed diversion. They were seeking out films offering escape and entertainment. A handful of Los Angeles-based overseas journalists banded together to share contacts, information and material. In 1943 the journalists, led by the correspondent for Britain's Daily Mail, formed the Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association.

At first the members held informal gatherings in private homes. As the membership grew, meetings were held in larger quarters, with the association selecting the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel as the location for group functions. The group’s first special event was a luncheon in December 1947, at which Harry M. Warner, president of Warner Bros., in recognition of his humanitarian work as the principal sponsor of the “Friendship Train,” which left Hollywood with food, clothing and medical supplies for the needy of Europe was awarded a plaque.

The organization’s first awards presentation for distinguished achievements in the film industry took place in early 1944 with an informal ceremony at 20th Century Fox. Awards were presented in the form of scrolls. The following year, the members of the association held a contest to find a design for a statuette that would best represent the overall aims of the organization. Marina Cisternas, president of the group in 1945-46, presented the idea for a golden globe encircled with a strip of motion picture film, and mounted on a pedestal.  In conjunction with the Golden Globes presentation, the Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association held its first gala social event in 1945 with a formal banquet at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

During its early years the HFPA established itself with the studios by innovations such as its World Favorites awards, which it came up with by polling more than 900 newspapers, magazines and radio stations around the world. Among those honored were Tony Curtis, Marilyn Monroe and Leslie Caron. The group also came up with the idea of "bon voyage" interview lunches with actors and actresses who were leaving to make films in countries represented by the members. In 1955 the Golden Globes began honoring achievements in television as well as in film.

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Posted on Dec 02 2011

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