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10 things you didn't know about the Golden Globes

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Emmy Griffiths
TV & Film Editor
January 5, 2017
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The 74th Golden Globes will be taking place on Sunday, but how much do you know about the prestigious award ceremony's interesting, vast (and sometimes juicy!) past? Check out ten things you might not have known about Hollywood's most glamorous night!

1. The Golden Globe Awards were founded in 1944 but didn't actually have a host for its first 14 ceremonies, as the awards were usually given out by journalists who were members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. This only changed when Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr took over the stage and acted as impromptu hosts in 1958. The trio were so popular that they were invited back to officially host the following year.

2. Jamie Foxx and Helen Mirren hold the record for the most nominations in one year ever. Jamie was 37 when he was nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for Ray, Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture – Drama for Collateral, and Best Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television for Redemption. Two years later, Helen Mirren joined him with three nominations in one year for Elizabeth I, The Queen and Prime Suspect: The Final Act.

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Jamie was nominated in three separate categories in one year

3. The HFPA is a non-profit organisation which has donated more than £19.4 million ($23.9 million) to entertainment-related charities, along with funding scholarships for budding film and television professionals.

4. There was once a three-way tie for Best Actress: back in 1989 Jodie Foster, Shirley MacLaine AND Sigourney Weaver all won a coveted statuette for the same category!

5. Naturally Meryl Streep has had the most individual nominations of all time, with an incredible 30 nominations. She had won an amazing eight times, but the star who holds the record for most won is Barbra Streisand with nine.

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Barbra holds the record for most won Golden Globes

6. Renee Zellweger was visiting the bathroom when she won Best Actress Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Nurse Betty back in 2001. Hugh Grant was left asking her table where she was after he announced her name. Just as he was about to (reluctantly) accept the award on her behalf, the red-faced actress returned to the ceremony to receive her award, joking that she had been cleaning the lipstick off her teeth.

Reene Zellweger Wins Best Actress Motion Picture Musical or Comedy - Golden Globes 2001

7. Marlon Brando refused to accept his Golden Globe award in 1972 for The Godfather in protest against "U.S. imperialism and racism" during the Vietnam war. He similarly rejected an Oscar in 1973, citing: "Poor treatment of Native Americans in the film industry."

8. The youngest person ever to win a Golden Globe is Ricky Schroder, who won Best New Star of the Year aged nine for his role in The Champ. Meanwhile, the oldest person ever to win was Jessica Tandy, who was 80 when she received Best Actress for Driving Miss Daisy.

9. A Golden Globe statuette costs around £650 ($800) to make and is plated in 24-karat gold. They are exactly 10.75 inches tall and 3.5 inches wide and weigh a hefty 5.5 pounds.

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The statuette weights 5.5 pounds

10. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is the first and only film to have ever won all five major categories: Best Motion Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Screenplay. 

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