The first Golden Globes ceremony ever



What was the world's first Golden Globes ceremony?

The Golden Globes is a ceremony that is one of the first held during awards season (January through late February or early March) and one of the biggest. Its roots stem back to the early 1940s, when the world was in the throes of World War II and soldiers and civilians both were desperate for an escape from the everyday dreariness of war. As people were taking to film, journalists from different countries joined together in an effort to keep each other informed and to exchange information. In 1943, the representative from Britain’s Daily Mail largely helped form the Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association to recognize this group of journalists and to officially work together. They weren’t recognized by many due to the fact that film was not yet considered to be a commodity for the foreign market.

This group designated themselves responsible for offering their opinions on Hollywood’s finest films and they used an outlet, now known as the Golden Globes, to do so. It was here that they divided up films into certain categories and handed out awards to a winner from each category. The very first ceremony was nothing like the glitz, glamour, and red-carpet behavior that you see now every January when it’s time for the annual event.

The first Golden Globes ceremony was a very informal event held in early January at 20th Century Fox. The award was also not the globe surrounded by a strip of film and supported on a pedestal that is handed out today but instead, awards were handed out in the form of scrolls. There were also not the astounding 25 categories that compete in the Golden Globes today but instead, there were only 6 categories in all. Here are the winners at the very first Golden Globes ceremony:

  • Best Motion Picture Drama: The Song of Bernadette

  • Best Motion Picture Actor: Paul Lukas for his role in Watch on the Rhine

  • Best Motion Picture Actress: Jennifer Jones for her role in The Song of Bernadette

  • Best Supporting Actor: Akim Tamiroff for his role in For Whom the Bell Tolls

  • Best Supporting Actress: Katina Paxinou for her role in For Whom the Bell Tolls

  • Best Director: Henry King for The Song of Bernadette

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The first Golden Globes ceremony ever

The first Golden Globes ceremony ever

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