The 2013 Golden Globes airs on Sunday, Jan. 13 on NBC. To get set for one of Hollywood’s most glamourous and unpredictable nights of the year, here’s a complete guide to the 2013 nominees and predictions, as well as a look at Golden Globes traditions and record holders. It all adds up to one of the most prestigious TV events of the year, which is often considered a prequel to the Oscars.
Amy Poehler and Tina Fey: “Saturday Night Live” alumni Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are the hosts for the 2013 Golden Globes Awards. “The unparalleled comedic timing of Tina and Amy will surely have viewers wanting to tune-in to see them in action,” said HFPA president Dr. Aida Takla-O’Reilly. “The HFPA is thrilled to have the magnetic duo be a part of the show’s 70th anniversary!” he added. With an impressive body of work that encompasses both film and television, Amy Poehler has emerged as one of Hollywood’s most versatile and sought-after talents. She currently produces and stars in the NBC comedy series “Parks and Recreation.” The role has earned her three Emmy nominations for acting and one for writing, and a Golden Globe nomination. Prior to creating “30 Rock,” Tina Fey completed nine seasons on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” with roles as head writer, cast member and co-anchor of the “Weekend Update” segment. Fey is an Emmy winner and two-time Writers Guild Award winner for her writing on “Saturday Night Live. She won an Emmy in 2009 for Guest Appearance by an Actress in a Comedy Series for her portrayal of Sarah Palin on the 2008-09 season of “SNL.”
Ben Affleck: At the Critics Choice Movie Awards, Ben Affleck and his film “Argo” won awards for Best Director and Best Picture. Affleck and "Argo" are both up for 2013 Golden Globe Awards. While “Argo” was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, Affleck was completely snubbed by the Academy. A win at the Globes could be another chance for Ben to take a jab at the Academy. After his Critics Choice win, he joked, “I would like to thank the Academy,” and then said, “I’m joking. I’m joking. This is the one that counts.” On Friday, Affleck told Jay Leno that his snub takes some of the pressure off and now he can concentrate on winning Best Picture at the Oscars. Fans are hoping for wins at the Golden Globes too.
Cecil B. DeMille Award: When the Hollywood Foreign Press Association decided to establish a prestigious award for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment, the members wanted it to bear an internationally recognized and respected name. So, they turned to a born showman, Cecil B. DeMille, who accepted the idea graciously. The first Cecil B. DeMille Award went to him in 1952, the year his film "The Greatest Show on Earth" premiered. In 1953, at the Tenth Annual Golden Globe Awards gala, Walt Disney received the award. The first woman to receive the award was Judy Garland in 1962. Alfred Hitchcock, Lucille Ball, Sidney Potier, Sophia Loren, Sean Connery and Barbra Streisand have also been named honorees.
Directing: The Best Director is the second most anticipated Golden Award of the evening. The 2013 nominees for Best Director: Motion Picture are Ben Affleck for “Argo,” Kathryn Bigelow for “Zero Dark Thirty,” Ang Lee for “Life of Pi,” Steven Spielberg for “Lincoln,” and Quentin Tarantino for “Django Unchained.” Many critics are predicting a win for "Lincoln" or "Zero Dark Thirty."
Extraordinary moments: Because booze is free flowing at the Golden Globes, extraordinary moments can and do happen. In 2011, Elizabeth Taylor forgot that she was supposed to announce the nominees before naming the winner. Dick Clark raced on stage and saved the day. In 1998, Christine Lahti almost lost out on her chance to win an award for “Chicago Hope.” After running up to the podium, she said breathlessly, “I was just flushing the toilet.” Journalists from the Hollywood Foreign Press used to present the awards until 1958, when a bored Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. stormed the stage, whiskey glasses and cigarettes in hand, and played host for the rest of the show. The crowd loved it -- and so did the HFPA, enough to invite them back the next year. The best acceptance speech goes to Hugh Laurie. When he won in 2006 for “House,” he joked that he wrote down 172 names to thank, but would only draw three names out of his pocket randomly to save on time. The three names turned out to be the script supervisor, the hairstylist and his agent. The audience loved Laurie’s originality.
First ceremony: The precursor of today’s Golden Globes was a luncheon held in December of 1947 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, hosted by the newly formed Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association. The organization’s first awards presentation for distinguished achievements in the film industry took place in early 1944 with an informal ceremony at 20th Century Fox. In conjunction with the Golden Globes presentation, the Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association held its first gala social event in 1945 with a formal banquet at the Beverly Hills Hotel. In 1955, the Golden Globes began honoring achievements in television as well as in film. The first honorees in the Best Television Show category that year were “Dinah Shore,” “Lucy & Desi,” “The American Comedy” and “Davy Crockett.” Today, the Golden Globes recognize achievements in 25 categories; 14 in motion pictures and 11 in television. This year marks the 70th presentation of the Golden Globe Awards.
Girl power: The Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories are always highly competitive. In 2012, the nominees for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama are Jessica Chastain for “Zero Dark Thirty,” Marion Cotillard for “Rust and Bone,” Helen Mirren for “Hitchcock,” Naomi Watts for “The Impossible” and Rachel Weisz for “The Deep Blue Sea.” The nominees for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy are Emily Blunt for “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” Judi Dench for “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” Jennifer Lawrence for “Silver Linings Playbook,” Maggie Smith for “Quartet,” and Meryl Streep for “Hope Springs.” Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama are Connie Britton for “Nashville,” Glenn Close for “Damages,” Claire Danes for “Homeland,” Michelle Dockery for “Downton Abbey: Season 2,” and Julianna Margulies for “The Good Wife.” The nominees for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Comedy are Zooey Deschanel for “New Girl,” Julia Louis-Dreyfus for “Veep,” Lena Dunham for “Girls,” Tina Fey for “30 Rock,” and Amy Poehler for “Parks and Recreation.” Predicted winners include Jennifer Lawrence, Claire Danes and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. However, dark horses can and often do spoil expected wins at the Golden Globes.
Hollywood Foreign Press Association: Every year, the HFPA votes on its choices for the annual Golden Globes Awards. The Association consists of about 90 reporters from 55 countries. The Golden Globes have enabled the non-profit organization to donate more than $15 million in the past 19 years to entertainment-related charities, as well as fund scholarships and other programs for future film and television professionals.
International audience: Although it’s not quite as popular as the Oscars, the Golden Globes still pulls in an impressive international audience. Last year’s ceremony was watched by 250 international viewers in more than 198 countries worldwide. It is one of the few awards ceremonies that spans both television and motion picture achievements.
Jodi Foster: Actor, director, producer and Academy Award winner Jodie Foster will receive the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards. HFPA President Dr. Aida Takla O’Reilly said, “Jodie is a multifaceted woman that has achieved immeasurable amounts of success and will continue to do so in her career. Her ambition, exuberance and grace have helped pave the way for budding artists in this business. She’s truly one of a kind.”
Knockout in 2008: The Golden Globes Awards was knocked off the air in 2008 due to a writers’ strike. Rather than cross the picket line, the Hollywood Foreign Press adopted another approach. E!, CNN, TV Guide and KNBC-TV were invited to the Grand Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where the names of the winners were announced. NBC filled the two vacant hours with an “Access Hollywood” segment and a special edition of “Dateline,” hosted by Matt Lauer. The last minute additions included film clips and interviews with some of the nominees and commentary from Kathy Griffin.
Live red carpet shows: Some of the best Golden Globes fun comes from watching the celebrities walk the red carpet prior to entering the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Ryan Seacrest, Giuliana Rancic, Kelly Osbourne and Ross Matthews go live from the red carpet for E! from 6-8 p.m. EST. The network's after party keeps the festivities going from 11 p.m.-midnight EST. Natalie Morales, Carson Daly and Jeannie Mai host. NBC is also airing a one-hour Golden Globes red carpet show. It airs 7-8 p.m. EST, right before the Golden Globes.
The men: Two of the most coveted Academy Awards are Best Actor in the motion picture and television categories. The Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama 2013 nominees are Daniel Day-Lewis for “Lincoln,” Richard Gere for “Arbitrage,” John Hawkes for “The Sessions,” Joaquin Phoenix for “The Master,” and Denzel Washington for “Flight.” The nominees for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy are Jack Black for “Bernie,” Bradley Cooper for “Silver Linings Playbook,” Hugh Jackman for “Les Miserables,” Ewan McGregor for “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” and Bill Murray for “Hyde Park on Hudson.” The nominees for Best Actor in a TV Series – Drama are Steve Buscemi for “Boardwalk Empire,” Bryan Cranston for “Breaking Bad,” Jeff Daniels for “The Newsroom,” Jon Hamm for “Mad Men,” and Damian Lewis for “Homeland.” The Best TV Comedy nominees are Alec Baldwin for “30 Rock,” Don Cheadle for “House of Lies,” Louis C.K. for “Louie, Matt LeBlanc for “Episodes,” and Jim Parsons for “The Big Bang Theory.” Daniel Day-Lewis and Hugh Jackman are the most heavily predicted winners. The other categories are wide open anyone's guess.
Nominees: The motion pictures with the most Golden Globe nominations in 2013 are “Lincoln,” “Argo,” “Django Unchained” and “Zero Dark Thirty.” The Civil War epic "Lincoln," which revolves around the 16th U.S. president's efforts to end slavery and the Civil War, scored a record seven Golden Globe nominations for director Steven Spielberg. The nominations included Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Actor honors for Daniel Day-Lewis, Best Supporting nods for Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Field, as well as Best Screenplay and score. By contrast, his 1993 classic "Schindler's List" earned six Golden Globe nominations. Ben Affleck's political thriller "Argo" about the courageous operation to recover American hostages in Iran in 1980, received five nominations, including Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Score and a Best Supporting Actor nod for Alan Arkin. “Django Unchained” also earned five nominations for filmmaker Quentin Tarantino. Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” about the 10-year search for Al Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden is up for four Golden Globe Awards. The most Globes won by a film are shared by five winners: “Doctor Zhivago” (1966), “Love Story” (1971), “The Godfather” (1973), “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1976), and “A Star Is Born” (1977). All won five Golden Globes. Meryl Streep holds the record for most Golden Globe nominations (27) and wins (8).
Oldest winners: Jessica Tandy and Henry Fonda hold the records for oldest Golden Globe winners. Tandy was 80 when she won in 1990 for “Driving Miss Daisy.” Fonda was 76 when he won the Golden Globe Award in 1982 for “On Golden Pond.”
Presenters: George Clooney (three-time Golden Globe winner and 11-time nominee), Will Ferrell (two-time winner), Nathan Fillion, Jennifer Garner, Jennifer Lopez, Debra Messing, Jeremy Renner, Amanda Seyfried, Jason Statham, Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington and Kristen Wiig are all slated to present at the 2013 Golden Globes Awards.
Queens of the night: Winning two Golden Globes in one year is no easy feat and only three actresses have ever done so, earning them “Queen of the Night” titles. In 1989, Sigourney Weaver won Best Actress for “Gorillas in the Mist" and Best Supporting Actress for "Working Girl." Joan Plowright won Best Supporting Actress for “Enchanted April” and “Stalin” in 1993. Kate Winslet was also a double winner. In 2009, she won Globes for Best Actress for “Revolutionary Road” and Best Supporting Actress for “The Reader.”
Ricky Gervais: For many years, the Golden Globes ran without a host. Ricky Gervais was tapped as host in 2010 and returned in 2011 and 2012. Last year, he caused a storm of controversy with his off-the-cuff humor and biting criticism. The backlash was so strong that a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press said afterward, “Ricky will not be invited back to host the show next year, for sure. He humiliated the organization last night and went too far with several celebrities whose representatives have already called to complain.”
Snubs and spoilers: Millions of fans will be cheering for Ben Affleck, who was snubbed by the Academy for an Oscar, but is up for a 2013 Golden Globe Award for Best Director. “Downton Abbey” could possibly spoil “Homeland's” chance for a second win as Best TV Drama. Damian Lewis won a 2012 Emmy for his role in “Homeland” and he’s nominated for a 2013 Golden Globe. He could repeat his Emmy win, but Bryan Cranston from “Breaking Bad” or Steve Buscemi from “Boardwalk Empire” could spoil Lewis’s chance for a Golden Globe in 2013. Claire Danes won this year’s Emmy, but Michelle Dockery could easily take home the Golden Globe Award. The second season of “Downton Abbey” was very strong and the season three premiere was a smash. Jon Cryer from “Three and a Half Men” won the 2012 Emmy, but wasn’t even nominated for a Golden Globe in 2013. It’s considered one of this year's biggest snubs.
Trivia: “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is the only film to win a Golden Globe Award in all five major categories (Best Motion Picture, Actor, Actress, Director, Screenplay). The biggest shutouts in the history of the Globes were “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (1967) and “The Godfather, Part III” (1991). Each received seven nominations, but no Golden Globe wins. The only three-way tie occurred in 1989. Jodie Foster for “The Accused” tied with Shirley MacLaine for “Madame Soustzka” and Sigourney Weaver for “Gorillas in the Mist.”
Upsets & underdogs: While film critics feel like they can predict the Golden Globe winners, an underdog or two usually manages to snatch a statuette away from the favorite. With fewer than 90 foreign journalists voting, it’s sometimes impossible to figure out exactly what they’re thinking as they fill out their ballots. In 1995, underdog Brad Pitt surprisingly won a Golden Globe for “12 Monkeys” and upset favorites Ed Harris and Kevin Spacey. In 1999, “Toy Story 2” won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical, defeating “Being John Malkovich,” “Man on the Moon” and “Notting Hill.” Most of the pundits were left speechless, proving that anything can happen at the Golden Globes Awards. “The Hangover” shocked everyone by winning Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical in 2009, defeating a double dose of Meryl Streep (“It’s Complicated” and “Julie and Julia”) and “Nine.” The result was a sobering surprise. “Scent of a Woman” won Best Motion Picture Drama in 1990 and shockingly defeated Clint Eastwood’s highly acclaimed “Unforgiven.” It was later reported that the studio had invited HFPA members to an all-expenses paid junket in New York, possibly influencing their Globe votes. “Scent of a Woman” suddenly smelled of suspicion – in an upset so scandalous that it’s still being recalled two decades later.
Victory parties and fashion recaps: After the last award of the evening, the winners head out to victory parties. The biggest one in 2013 is the E!/NBC soiree. Jason Kennedy will report live from it for the E! “After Party” TV special. Giuliana Rancic, Terence Jenkins and Ross Matthews will also be on hand to chat with the 2013 winners. The special airs immediately after the Golden Globes on E! In addition, Joan Rivers will host a one-hour special on Monday, Jan. 14. It’s called “Fashion Police: The 2013 Golden Globes" and will include commentary on fashion hits and misses from Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic and George Kotsiopoulos. It airs at 9 p.m. EST and PST on E!
Website: The official website for everything Golden Globes is www.goldenglobes.org. There, fans can find the latest news, exclusive interviews, an insider’s look at the menu, a jewelry preview, and exclusive videos from this year’s Golden Globes nominees. There’s even a countdown clock down to the seconds.
Youngest Golden Globes winner: Ricky Schroeder holds the record as the youngest Golden Globe winner of all time. He was just nine years old when he won the Globe for Best New Star for “The Champ” in 1980.
“Z” refuses the Golden Globe: The producers of “Z” refused the Globe for Best Foreign Language Film in 1970 because they wanted the film included in the main Best Motion Picture category.
The 2013 Golden Globe Awards airs live at 8 p.m. EST (5 p.m. PST) on Sunday, Jan. 13 on NBC.
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