The 75th Golden Globe Awards celebrates the best in film and television from 2017. The awards are presented on behalf of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and are regarded as a less formal affair than the Academy Awards. Here are five notable facts about these prestigious awards:
1. The first awards were held in January 1943, but the statuette itself was not designed until 1945, when it was proposed that the award should feature a globe which had a strip of celluloid film wrapped around it.
2. The Society Awards modified the design in 2008, improving the metal globe and adding a marble base. This made the statuette much sturdier as well as aesthetically pleasing. Standing at 10.75 inches tall, the statuette weighs 5.5 pounds. The new die-cast top is made from zinc plated with 24 carat gold. Lucky winners receive the engraved awards in a leather-bound presentation case, which is lined with red velvet. The HFPA logo is embossed on the lid in gold.
3. Actress Barbara Streisand holds the record for the most Golden Globe wins, with 11, while Meryl Streep has been nominated a record 29 times.
4. In 1980, Ricky Shroder became the youngest actor to win a Golden Globe at nine years old.
5. 1989 saw the award for Best Actress, presented to Sigourney Weaver, Jodie Foster and Shirley MacLaine in an unprecedented three-way tie.
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