Will the Globes predict the Oscars?

By: Anna Starkey

The 73rd Golden Globe Awards took place on January 10, 2016 to honor the most outstanding films and television of 2015.  Nominees and winners were selected by the Hollywood Foreign Press as Ricky Gervais hosted the show for the fourth time.  The night was filled with continual bleeping and laughter as dry-humor and crude jokes ran rampant.  Highlights of the night included The Revenant (drama) and The Martian (comedy) winning best film awards while Denzel Washington received a Life Time Achievement Award.

As if to one-up its lesser known sibling, the Oscar nominees were announced just four days after the Globes aired. Although the Oscars showcase film exclusively and are chosen by the Academy of Motion Picture, the winners of both awards are often similar.  For example, based on a 10 year span of statistics from commingsoon.net, there is a 90% chance that one of the two winners of the best film awards at the Golden Globes will take home the award for best picture at the Oscars.  Additionally, at least 8 out of 10 Globe and Oscar ceremonies within the year 1995-2005 produced similar winners in the three major categories of Best Film, Best Actor, and Best Actress. With The Revenant already collecting 12 nominations and The Martian with 7, the chances of a dual-winner of both awards is high.

While the Golden Globes and Academy Awards (the Oscars) are rarely distinguishable, the only way to truly know which film and which actors won which awards is to watch both ceremonies.  For more information, Golden Globe winners are found here.  For more information on the Oscars, set to air April 9, visit here.


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