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15 Things You Didn't Know About the Golden Globe Awards



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    Meryl Streep poses with her Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy award in the press room at the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 17, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California.

    The Hollywood trophy season revs up when the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards are handed out at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, January 10.

    The event—telecast live on NBC from 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT—honors the year's best and brightest from the big and small screens and is hosted once again by comedian and actor Ricky Gervais.

    Think you know your Globes trivia from your Oscars minutiae? Check out these little-known facts about Hollywood's biggest party:

    1. The Golden Globe Awards began in 1944 but didn't have a host until 1958, when Rat Pack members Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. stormed the stage and took over unofficial hosting duties.

    2. Meryl Streep is the ruling queen of the Globes. She has won eight Golden Globe awards and has been nominated 29 times

    3. Each year, Miss Golden Globe assists in handing out the awards on the big night. This year it is Corinne Foxx, daughter of Globe winner Jamie Foxx who won the best actor in a motion picture drama for his role in "Ray."

    4. The Golden Globe statuette is plated in 24-karat gold.

    5. The Globe statuette weighs in at a whopping 5.5 pounds.

    6. Rather than make a traditional acceptance speech in 1999, Globe recipient Jack Nicholson decided mooning the audience would be a much better idea. 

    7. In 1989, there was a three-way tie for best actress (drama) between Jodie Foster ("The Accused"), Shirley MacLaine ("Madame Sousatzka") and Sigourney Weaver ("Gorillas in the Mist").

    8. Due to a Writers Guild strike the 2008 ceremony was cancelled after members of the Screen Actors Guild pledged not to cross picket lines outside of the event. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association replaced that year's party with a televised press conference announcing the winners instead.

    9. From 1958 to 1963, the Golden Globes were only broadcast locally in Los Angeles. In 1964, the telecast went national.

    10. The youngest ever Globe winner is Ricky Schroeder, who was 9 years old when he won for "The Champ." The oldest winner was Jessica Tandy, who was 80 years old when she won for "Driving Miss Daisy."

    11. A Golden Globe? No thanks! Marlon Brando rejected his award for "The Godfather" in 1973 to protest "U.S. imperialism and racism" during the Vietnam War.

    12. The ceremony has been held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel every year since 1961.

    13. The cost of manufacturing a Golden Globe statuette is approximately $800.

    14. Both Renée Zellweger (2001) and Christine Lahti (1998) were in the ladies room when their names were announced to accept an award.

    15. Awards are presented across 25 different categories on the night. 

    The 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards will air live on Sunday, January 10, 2016, from 8:00 p.m. (ET)/5:00-8:00 p.m. (PT) on NBC.