Celebrating our Golden Globe Winners

by Luca Celada November 10, 2017
1950s Golden Globes

As our valiant guides Jean-Paul Chaillet and Juliette Michaud point out, the iconic image of this decade, may well be that of Marilyn Monroe at the Club del Mar in Santa Monica, radiant in a tight gown with plunging neckline, all smiles as she holds her Henrietta Award statuette, a since-discontinued award she won as the “World Film Favorite” at the 11th Golden Globes.

This was also the decade of Grace Kelly (Mogambo) and Audrey Hepburn (Roman Holiday) while the ranks of the leading men were being filled by a new generation of actors honed at the Actors Studio: Montgomery Clift, James Dean, Marlon Brando. Some of the winners from those glorious years: Sunset BoulevardEast of Eden, All About Eve, On the Waterfront, The Apartment, GigiSpartacusWest Side Story, Singin' in the Rain, An American in Paris… 

In 1952 the HFPA divided the Best Picture competition in the dual categories (Comedy/Musical and Drama). The separation endures to this day with a few early exceptions: in 1954 no Comedy/Musical winner was awarded, and from 1959-61 Drama, 3 winners were selected in Comedy and Musical. Plus in 1958 the first (local) broadcast took place.