The Golden Globes were given out by members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. until 1958, when Rat Packers Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. stormed the stage with whiskeys and cigarettes in tow and took over the show, to the delight of the audience. They repeated their performance the next year (this time at the request of the HFPA) and since then, the stars have reigned supreme at the Globes.
“Cold Mountain” received eight nominations in various categories this year. Only “Nashville” received more mentions (nine). “Cabaret,” “Bugsy,” “Chicago” and “Titanic” also received eight nominations.
“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is the only film to have swept the top categories (picture, director, screenplay, actor and actress). “Cold Mountain” has enough nominations to do that this year in the drama category. “Lost in Translation” has enough nominations to sweep this year’s comedy-musical categories.
Most Globes won by a film is five, shared by five winners: “Doctor Zhivago,” “Love Story,” “The Godfather,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “A Star Is Born.”
Only three films — “Doctor Zhivago,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “A Star Is Born” — have won each award for which they were nominated. “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and “The Godfather Part III” experienced the biggest shutouts (seven losses).
This year marks the 19th nomination for Meryl Streep (“Angels in America”); she has four wins. Streep is the most nominated actress in Globes history (Jack Lemmon leads the actor’s with 22 nominations, four wins, plus the Cecil B. DeMille Award). In the 26 years since Streep’s first Globe nom, for “The Deer Hunter,” there have been only seven years in which she was not nominated. This is her second nomination for a television performance (“First Do No Harm”). The rest have been for feature film work.
This is the 16th nomination for Jack Nicholson (“Something’s Gotta Give”). He holds the title for the most individual Globes, six, thanks to last year’s win for “About Schmidt,” which put him ahead of Francis Ford Coppola, Shirley MacLaine, Rosalind Russell and Oliver Stone, all of whom have five.
This is the 14th nom for Al Pacino (“Angels in America”). He has won twice and was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2000.
Nine-year-old Ricky Shroder (“The Champ”) was the youngest star to win a Globe when he was hailed as the best new star of 1979. Eighty-year-old Jessica Tandy (“Driving Miss Daisy”) became the oldest Globes champ when she won actress in 1989.
There was an unprecedented three-way tie for drama actress in 1988: Jodie Foster (“The Accused”), Sigourney Weaver (“Gorillas in the Mist”) and Shirley MacLaine (“Madame Sousatzka”).