Redesigns of the Golden Globe statuette

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Despite being in the middle of a global pandemic, the awards season is making sure we still get our annual fix of glitz and glamour, even if it is virtually. The 78th Golden Globe nominations were announced on 3rd February, with the ceremony scheduled to be streamed live from two locations on 28th February.

The ceremony will take place in the Rainbow Rooms in New York and the Beverley Hilton in Los Angeles. Like the award ceremony, the statuette itself has undergone some modifications over the years.

In 1945, the original design introduced the iconic globe with a film strip wrapped around it. This has undergone several changes over the years, especially to the plinth and base. The lower neck underwent four different alterations in the first 25 years. Meanwhile, the upper neck initially bore the Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association (HFCA) logo, which was later changed to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).

In 2009, the addition of a marble base and plinth to improve the aesthetics and durability of the engraved awards made the statuette 10.75 inches tall, and it weighed in at around 2.5 kilograms. The zinc die cast globe is plated in 24-karat gold.

The latest redesign took place in 2019. The high gloss gold plating is now a softer brushed gold, and the statuette stands at 11.5 inches tall with a wider base. The cubic shape of the plinth has been replaced with a cylindrical one, and the HFPA logo is much more pronounced. The new statuette is also heavier, at around 3.5 kilograms.

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