Golden Globes by the numbers: How long is the red carpet? Who’s won the most awards?
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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will host its 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards this Jan. 15. Have you ever wondered how many people will be on hand that day? How big a red carpet would have to be to hold all that high-watt talent? How much all that bubbly costs? Who scored the most Globes but never bagged an Oscar? Entertainment Weekly.com has got answers! Keep reading…
250 million Estimated number of global viewers tuning in for this year’s ceremony
$3 million Value of Jennifer Lopez’s Harry Winston earrings in 2011 $850,000 Cost of the 124-karat Chopard bracelet tucked away in Christina Hendricks’ cleavage when she stashed it there after nearly losing it on the red carpet last year 80,900 Google hits for Natalie Portman’s highly meme-able chortle during her 2011 Best Actress acceptance speech 30,000 Square feet of red carpet 9,000 Glasses of Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Brut 2002 served throughout the night (at $84.95 a bottle, that’s about $84,950 of champagne) $7,000 Reported cost of Black Swan star Mila Kunis’ HD Diamond and Ruby Peel pre-red carpet facial 5,500 Number of people on site the day of the ceremony, including attendees, viewing parties, and press 3,000 Strands of Swarovski crystal decorating the set of the 68th ceremony 1,500 Retweets of Chris Colfer’s acceptance speech for 2011 Best Actor in Glee
$550 Value of last year’s gift bags
100 days Length of the 2008 Writer’s Strike that interrupted the Globes telecast (the only time the show hasn’t been broadcast since 1958) 156 minutes Length of The Song of Bernadette, the first Globes Best Picture winner 71years Age gap between the Globes’ oldest and youngest winners — 80-year-old Jessica Tandy for Driving Miss Daisy in 1990 and nine-year-old Ricky Schroder in 1980 for The Champ 53 Years since celebrities began hosting the Golden Globes after Rat Pack-ers Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. stormed the stage with whiskeys and cigarettes and took over the show 43 Number of times the event has been held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel since 1961 37 Jamie’s Foxx’s age when he became the first person ever to be nominated for three Globes in a single year (Helen Mirren was 61 when she, too, became a triple threat two years later) 27 Most nominations by any single actor (current nominee Meryl Streep, of course, who also holds the record for the most performance-based wins) 25 Total number of awards handed out (14 film, 11 television) 24 Number of nominees for Best Animated Feature since the category was added in 2006 (Pixar has taken the trophy all five years so far) 22 Age of Rainey Qualley, Miss Golden Globe and daughter of former winner Andie MacDowell 14 Years the show had no host between the 1995 telecast (hosted by John Larroquette and Janine Turner) and when Ricky Gervais took over in 2010 11 Globes (including honorary awards) won by Barbra Streisand — the most of any celebrity 10 Years since Judy Davis triumphed in Life With Judy Garland: Me And My Shadows (Garland herself was the first female recipient of The Cecil B. DeMille Award 50 years ago) 9 Most nominations for one film, 1975?s Nashville, in a single year (the film only took home one statuette for Best Song) 8 Founding members of the HFPA (there are 88 listed on the Association’s website today) 7 minutes, 22.5 seconds Average time of Gervais’ monologues 5.5 lbs. Weight of the iconic statuette, which was introduced in 1946 by HFPA then-president Marina Cisternas 5 Golden Globes Rosalind Russell was nominated for and won (Number of Oscars: 0) 4 Actresses who have snagged two acting awards in the same year — Sigourney Weaver, 1989; Joan Plowright, 1993; Helen Mirren, 2007; Kate Winslet, 2009 (no actors have yet accomplished this feat) 3 Number of people who tied for Best Actress in 1989 (Jodie Foster, Sigourney Weaver, and Shirley MacLaine) 2 Cheeks seen by the audience when Jack Nicholson mooned the audience in 1990 1 Person to win the Golden Globe, Oscar, and Razzie all in the same year (here’s lookin’ at you, Sandra Bullock!) 0% Chance Gervais, Angelina Jolie, and Brad Pitt will head out for a celebratory “Animal Style” nosh at In-N-Out Burger after the show
‘Bridesmaids,’ with Golden Globe nom Kristen Wiig, left, was one of the few comedies last year to receive near unanimous acclaim.
The annual eruption of critical snark set off by the announcement of the Golden Globes nominations is usually followed by a sheepish admission: Many of the choices were in line with what was expected.
In fact, the outlier may be Oscar. In several celebrated instances in recent years, it has been the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., and not the Academy, that has hewed closer to the critical consensus. Last year, the HFPA picked “The Social Network” as best drama — as had the L.A., N.Y., London, Chicago and Boston critics, the National Board of Review, the National Society of Film Critics and a litany of other orgs. The Oscar went to “The King’s Speech.” In 2007, when the Academy went for “Crash,” the Globes picked “Brokeback Mountain,” as had many others.
This season, there’s no obvious one-on-one “Social”/”King” face-off, but the reaction has been respectful.
“I actually think the HFPA acquitted themselves quite nicely this year,” says Entertainment Weekly’s Dave Karger of the HFPA’s selections, echoing much of the response to a selection one studio publicist calls predictably “eccentric and starry,” but which largely reflected choices made elsewhere in the run-up to Oscar madness.
Those selections included motion picture drama noms for some very obvious suspects — including “The Descendants,” “The Help” and “Hugo” — as well as lots of love for “The Ides of March” and a well-timed assist for what may be the year’s comedy showcase, “Bridesmaids.”
History being what it is, however, the Globes choices are forever scrutinized for favoring studio, and not indie, fare; an aversion to anything remotely provocative or controversial (“The Tree of Life,” “Melancholia”) and a propensity toward nominating both films and actors that provide plenty of star power.
“I know some people are suspicious of the Angelina Jolie nomination for foreign film, but the fact is that her movie is getting strong reviews,” Karger says of the Jolie-directed “In the Land of Blood and Honey.” “It’s much less embarrassing than giving her and Johnny Depp lead-acting nominations for ‘The Tourist’ last year.
“Also, I’m a huge ‘Ides of March’ fan so I’m happy with George Clooney getting a slot for best director. I fully expected them to nominate Mel Gibson for ‘The Beaver’ or Ashton Kutcher for ‘Two and a Half Men’ just for the attention, but they clearly resisted the urge.”
Says one studio exec: “I still think a film like ‘Tree’ could get in the Oscars, because it’s that kind of film. I’m wondering about ‘The Artist,’ too, and what will happen with it.”
The Weinstein Co.’s Gallic B&W movie, “The Artist,” is a candidate in the comedy-musical category, which can only further its campaign as one of the year’s quirkiest success stories.
Elsewhere, exception was taken to what may be an intrinsic character issue with the HFPA.
“I think the exclusion of ‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’ reflects the foreign press’ inability to connect to the well of emotion still connected to Sept. 11,” says Joe Neumaier, critic for the New York Daily News. “Its late screening for the HFPA certainly didn’t help, and I’m surprised Sandra Bullock and Max von Sydow weren’t included. At the same time, though, it isn’t a shock to find an emotional block between the HFPA and that movie’s hyper-local take on tragedy.”
Neumaier also points to the omission of a supporting perf, and what he saw as the disconnect between the character and the HFPA’s foreign perspective.
“It may be that Melissa McCarthy’s Megan in ‘Bridesmaids’ was too gauche and too ‘American” for them,” he says. “So they went with lead Kristen Wiig. Alternately, though, I think the love they showed for ‘Ides of March’ is partly because it felt like a peek behind the American political curtain.”
There were other films that reflect American sensibilities that got some HFPA love.
The backdrop of drama nominee “Moneyball,” for instance, features the quintessential American pastime, baseball. Long a U.S. passion, the sport is largely ignored in much of the rest of the world, but HFPA viewers took the story of Oakland A’s g.m. Billy Beane to heart.
Then there’s “The Help,” which examines how African-American maids were treated in the American south in the 1960s. Clearly, writer-director Tate Taylor’s pic resonated to those who may have been unaware of the abusive treatment those women suffered in the racially slanted region of the U.S.
More than 1,000 mini bottles and 500 magnums of Grand Vintage 2002 Moet & Chandon champagne —-more than 9,000 glasses—-will be served on the red carpet and inside the ballroom at this year;s glittering Golden Globes awards ceremony on January 15.
For 21 years Moet & Chandon has provided the champagne for the 1,500 guests and this year will be celebrating its anniversary with its specially-created, award-winning 2002 Grand Vintage.
The champagne, which sells at a retail price of $84.95 a bottle, was introduced by Moet’s new home entertaining expert, Aida Mollenkamp (left) at a preview at the Beverly Hilton the week before the show.
“Once again we’re happy to have Moet & Chandon on board with us as the official champagne of the Golden Globes,” said HFPA president Dr. Aida Takla-O’Reilly. “This year marks a special year for us as our partnershi8p enters its 21st year.”
The Academy Awards telecast — plagued in recent years by low ratings and growing viewer discontent — is in danger of playing second fiddle to the younger, hipper Golden Globes, experts say.
“The Globes have seized the cool factor this year,” Tom O’Neil, editor of GoldDerby.com, tells The Post.
The Oscars telecast, meanwhile, “is like high mass,” he says. “And going to church is supposed to be boring. It is part of the punishment for the soul that you deserve for living that glamorous Hollywood life.”
Ratings for “Hollywood’s Biggest Night” have been flirting with all-time lows, with just more than 36 million tuning in last February.
A BIT STIFF: When the Oscars tried to cater to a young audience with James Franco and Anne Hathaway as hosts, they still didn’t measure up to the much edgier Golden Globes (hosted last year and again this year by Ricky Gervais) or the MTV Movie Awards.
“I think someday it is inevitable that the MTV Movie Awards will surpass the Oscars in terms of eyeballs [watching],” O’Neil says.
Much of the anticipation about this year’s Golden Globes comes from returning host Ricky Gervais.
“He was such a skunk at the picnic last year that everyone is looking forward to what mischief he perpetrates this year,” O’Neil says.
“There is a lot of buzz and excitement surrounding the Globes that are not surrounding the Oscars.”
The 2012 Academy Awards — which air Feb. 26 — have instead been trying to deflect attention away from the recent loss of producer Brett Ratner and host Eddie Murphy.
Comedian Billy Crystal — who has emceed the event eight times between 1990 and 2004 — came to the show’s rescue in November.
But at 63, is he simply too old to recapture Oscar’s former glory — and the 40 million-plus who once tuned in?
“Billy Crystal was the perfect guy at the perfect cultural moment,” says TV expert Bob Thompson at Syracuse University.
“But he is a lot older now. This moment is very, very different. One of my students actually said to me, ‘Isn’t Billy Crystal dead?’ ”
O’Neil believes Oscar producers should simply give up trying to pander to the Twitter generation.
“I think they are realizing the error of their recent ways when they hankered after hipness by picking Anne Hathaway and James Franco last year and seeing that become a disaster,” he says.
“And by picking the rent-a-clowns from New York — Jon Stewart, Chris Rock and David Letterman — who were totally inappropriate hosts for the Oscars, they were trying to be totally cool and edgy and it backfired.
“Now they are going with a Hollywood insider who is a proven maestro.”
Gervais, meanwhile, has vowed nothing is off limits for his Globes return on January 15.
“Or I wouldn’t do it,” he tells The BBC. “Where is the fun in that? Get someone who can read [cue cards], because I am not very good at that.”
Last year, Gervais came under fire for attacking Charlie Sheen, Scientology and even the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
“The greatest thing about him is . . . you don’t know what he is going to do,” Globes producer Barry Adelman tells The Post.
“Of course it scares you, but at the end of the day it keeps you on your toes, which is good for everybody.
“Our approach is we want to throw a big party to celebrate the best of the year in movies and television, and we want people to have a great time when they are at that party. I think that spills over into the television viewing audience.”