Unlike the Academy, the HFPA hands out two Best Movie awards: Drama, and Comedy or Musical. Let's look at the record. In the last 68 years, the winner of the Golden Globe for Best Film Drama went on to win the Oscar 35 times, and the winner for Best Comedy or Musical added an Oscar 13 times. In only 22 years a Golden Globe winner did not win a Best Picture Oscar, about a third of the time. The last time for a dual win was 2014, when 12 Years a Slave, Golden Globe winner for drama also won the Oscar. The Golden Globe winners in the last two years did not win an Oscar. And this year?
The HFPA voters distributed the movie nominations generously: 34 movies received at least one nomination, 17 of them received more than one, with La La Land leading (7 noms), followed by Moonlight (6), and Manchester by the Sea (5).
This year the HFPA nominated 71 actors in 14 categories (five to a category, except for one with a tie and six nominees).
Among the diverse group of nominees there are also a great number of foreign-born actors, many of them with an established career in Hollywood, 17 in all, or 23.9% of the total number. There are one each from France (Isabelle Huppert), Mexico (Gael García Bernal), Australia (Nicole Kidman) and Wales (Matthew Rhys, who plays the lead in the TV series ... The Americans). There are three Irish actors, one of them, Ruth Negga is Ethiopian-Irish, and the rest are, but of course, English.
Of all the nominated actors, 27 have won one or more Golden Globe in the past, 16 have been nominated before but lost, and 28 are first time nominees. The actor this year with most lifetime nominations is eight times Globe winner Meryl Streep with 30 career noms, including her two nominations this year: In competition for Best Actress – Musical or Comedy for Florence Foster Jenkins, Streep is also the recipient of the Cecil B. deMille award.
The versatile Streep collected three Globes for Best Actress in Drama, two in Comedy or Musical, two for a supporting role in film, and one in television. She first won in 1980, as Supporting Actress in the drama Kramer vs. Kramer, and most recently in 2012 for her lead role in another drama, The Iron Lady. Streep, at 67, is the oldest acting nominee on the motion pictures side. The youngest is Hailee Steinfeld, 20, the lead in, appropriately, The Edge of Seventeen. On the television side the oldest nominee is Nick Nolte, 76, who was nominated five times and won the Globe as Best Actor in Motion Pictures-Drama for Prince of Tides (1992).And if you believe in numerology, try this: There are four nominated actors with a short, three letter first name: Tom (Hiddleston), Dev (Patel), Bob (Odenkirk) and Riz (Ahmed). The longest name, at ten letters, is Moonlight's Best Supporting Actor nominee, Mahershala Ali. And that, mind you, is just the short version of his first name, which is also considered the longest name (and word) in the Bible, given to a prophetic child born to a king of Israel: Mahershalalhashbaz.
And the winner is...