Can't tell a Globe from an Oscar? We can help
05:00 AM, Jan 13, 2013
The 70th edition of the annual cavalcade of overdressed celebrities known as the Golden Globe Awards is about to hold NBC hostage for three hours tonight starting at 8 ET/5 PT.
Considering that the group’s main rival in the business of honoring those who toil in showbiz the more esteemed Oscars just announced its slate of competitors on Thursday, it could be confusing to those who don’t pay much mind to the so-called awards season.
Part of the problem is that both contests often honor the same films and talent. This year, you can expect to see those involved with Lincoln especially nominees Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones and director Steven Spielberg wear out the carpet leading to the stage at both events (the Oscars hand out their hardware Feb. 24).
And even those who obsess over the outcomes of these glorified commercials for the entertainment industry might need to brush up on the difference between them (including the shapes of their trophies Oscar is a little naked man and the Globe is, of course, a globe). How to tell them apart:
The Globes’ membership is more elite and mysterious. The Oscars are selected by nearly 6,000 industry professionals belonging to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, many of whom you probably know especially if you stay through end credits. Meanwhile, the Globes are selected by about 90 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, many of whom you don’t know unless you read foreign press.
The Globes prefer a party atmosphere. Believe it or not, the Oscars take place at a Hollywood theater inside of a mall (with a Gap and a Hot Topic, just like yours) near one of the most tourist-clogged intersections in the world Hollywood and Highland. The Globes, on the hand, are held in Beverly Hills, at the posh Beverly Hilton Hotel inside a cozy banquet room where dinner and beverages lots of beverages are served even during the show.
The Globes realize people actually like to laugh. The Oscars did step outside the box a bit this year and gave eight nominations to a comedy, Silver Linings Playbook. But the Globes has entire categories devoted not just to comedy movies and, yes, the occasional musical, too, including this year’s Les Misérables but also comic performances. Which means Jack Black in Bernie and Bill Murray in Hyde Park on Hudson made the Globes cut but not the Oscars.
The Globes realize people actually watch TV. The Oscars are content to allow the Emmys to do all the heavy lifting when it comes to television awards. Not the Globes. They realize their own show is on TV. So why not boost the ratings with TV categories and invite popular stars that the folks at home know best? Which means you will likely see such nominated favorites as Homeland’s Claire Danes,Mad Men’s Jon Hamm,New Girl’s Zooey Deschanel and Louie’s Louis C.K. All of whom aren’t up for Oscars.
The Globes are drawn to different and, often, more obscure films. The Oscars inevitably honor at least a few titles that most moviegoers have yet to see. This year, their best-picture list went beyond the expected suspects such as Life of Pi and Django Unchained and included the French-language Austrian film Amour and the small-budget Louisiana bayou fairy tale Beasts of the Southern Wild. But the Globes went one better and not only nominated Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, a title overlooked by almost every major award-giving entity. It also recognized its stars, Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt.
The Globes did not leave out Kathryn Bigelow. As much as there was shock and awe over Ben Affleck’s omission as director of Argo, there was even more consternation over the fact that even though Zero Dark Thirty collected five Oscar nominations, no room was found for Bigelow in the directing category. She is not just any director. She is a rare female director of a major-studio action thriller who also holds the title of being the first woman to win a directing Oscar (for 2009’s The Hurt Locker). So if you want to see her get her full due, you have to watch the Globes.
And the primary, and best, difference between the Globes and Oscar? The effect on your bedtime. Unlike the Oscars, which can ramble on past midnight on the East Coast, the Globes almost always end promptly at the three-hour mark. And, for that, we thank the foreign press.