As we count down the days to the 75th Golden Globe Awards, we look back at the Awards through the years and how the Globes reflected Hollywood history.
As we enter the second decade of the 21st century, films become bigger, cameras become smaller, digital overtakes celluloid and what used to be “television” shatters into a multitude of platforms, mobile and otherwise. International markets take over domestic in box office receipts, with China leading the way as the world's top market. Talent and ideas migrate freely between small and big screens, and motion capture, once a complex curiosity, becomes part of the cinematic toolbox.
32 years after Sidney Poitier’s Golden Globe, Morgan Freeman is bestowed with a Cecil B. deMille Award in 2012. Denzel Washington follows in 2016, and Oprah Winfrey, in 2018. Representation, inclusiveness, and diversity are front and center in the industry, and the Globes gladly embrace the conversation.
New talent emerges: Shailene Woodley, Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong’o, Emma Stone, Timothée Chalamet, Ryan Gosling, Idris Elba, Michael Fassbender, Gael Garcia Bernal and many more. And we are thrilled that two of the best actors in the world, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Joaquin Phoenix, decided not to retire like they had threatened – at least not until 2017.
This look back at the last decade really had us witness the increasing worldwide domination effect of the franchise – but also the possibilities of surprises of all kinds, including, in 2012, a French silent movie in black and white!
As we get to the 75th Golden Globes Awards, we leave you with a Hollywood landscape still adapting to new technologies, new media, new ways of watching movies. The Golden Globes have become one of the most watched events on television with close to 20 million viewers in the U.S. alone, and many times over that figure in the rest of the world. The Globes’ broadcast on NBC has allowed the HFPA to give to this day more than 29 million dollars to various deserving non-profit organizations, in line with the Association’s three major goals: to nurture the development of young artists, to preserve the culture and history of film and to promote cultural exchange through film.
Will the Golden Globes still exist in 2087? We hope so, as an enduring legacy. Thankfully, films are not like ice. We can hold onto them longer, much longer. Sometimes forever. And as long as they keep making them, under whatever format, we don’t see why not.