10 Times the Golden Globes Got It Right and the Oscars Got It Wrong
Within the last decade, the Globes and the Oscars have overlapped only three times on the best picture winner ('Slumdog Millionaire' in 2008, 'Argo' in 2012 and '12 Years a Slave' in 2013).
The Golden Globes do not run the awards schoolyard.
Often referred to as the less-serious show of the bunch, the Globes get picked on for tactics like honoring big names so they will attend (see host Ricky Gervais’ recent opening monologue) and picking film and TV shows that are popular instead of critically acclaimed.
But, that doesn’t mean they always get it wrong.
For example, the best motion picture, comedy or musical category, which was added to the Globes’ roundup in 1951, splits the classification by genre and often raises eyebrows over some of the nominees being included in the coveted best picture race. For example, In 2016, Matt Damon’s The Martian beat out Melissa McCarthy’s Spy and Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck; in 2017, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stones' La La Land topped Marvel's Deadpool and the animated Sing Street.
Still, the decision to split the category has given the Globes a chance to honor hordes of films that went on to lose at the Oscars but remain beloved today, including The Graduate (1968), Working Girl (1989), Almost Famous (2000), Moulin Rouge! (2001), Lost in Translation (2004) and Sideways (2005). And, once again, La La Land (2017), which famously lost out to Moonlight during the show's final moments in a historic best picture flub. (The Globes were able to give awards to both La La Land and Moonlight, due to the split categories.)
For 2016, many eyes were on Leonardo DiCaprio — who took home the Globe for best actor in a drama for his performance in The Revenant — to see if he would break his Oscars losing streak come Feb. 28. He earned a best actor nom for the 2016 Academy Awards, but had yet to win an Oscar during his career, despite taking home Globes for both The Aviator (2005) and The Wolf of Wall Street (2014). Finally, years later, he got his Oscar in 2016.
The Globes are voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which is made up of 82 international film critics. Only one is also a member of the Academy, which is why a nomination or even a win at the Globes is no indication that the nominee will have such luck at the Academy Awards. In the last decade, the Globes and the Oscars have overlapped only three times on the best picture winner (Slumdog Millionaire in 2008, Argo in 2012 and 12 Years a Slave in 2013).
Here are 10 examples (including two for DiCaprio) when the Globes strayed from the Oscars and now, looking back, did so in big and memorable ways.
1960: Marilyn Monroe
While Monroe was celebrated for her star power, personal life and beauty, the Globes honored her acting talents when they awarded her best actress honors for Some Like It Hot in 1960. The legendary star, who died in 1962, never received an Oscar nomination throughout her career.
1983: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, which was the highest-grossing film until Jurassic Park came along 10 years later, won for best motion picture — drama at the Globes, but the Steven Spielberg-directed classic and now-cultural phenomenon lost to Gandhi at the Oscars in 1983.
1999: Saving Private Ryan
In one of the most memorable Oscar upsets, Shakespeare in Love beat out Saving Private Ryan for best picture in 1999, despite the latter taking home the Globe. Steven Spielberg did win for best director, which made it even more shocking when the period romantic comedy was announced as the winner over the epic World War II tale (the two awards usually go hand in hand).
1998: Leonardo DiCaprio
It’s hard to believe that Jack Dawson wouldn’t make the Oscars cut, but that’s what happened in 1998 when Leonardo DiCaprio was left off the best actor shortlist for his iconic Titanic role. Nominees that year included Jack Nicholson (As Good as It Gets), Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting), Robert Duvall (The Apostle), Peter Fonda (Ulee’s Gold) and Dustin Hoffman (Wag the Dog) — and Nicholson won. DiCaprio did receive a best actor nomination at the Globes, even though he lost to Peter Fonda for Ulee’s Gold.
2001: Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise has won three Golden Globes for roles that earned him nominations at the Oscars, but no wins. He picked up best actor nods for Born on the Fourth of July in 1990 and Jerry Maguire in 1997, and a best supporting actor nod for Magnolia in 2000. At the Oscars, it was Cuba Gooding Jr. who earned the memorable Maguire win, but Cruise’s loss for Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia was the big snub (Michael Caine won for The Cider House Rules).
2001: Almost Famous
The Cameron Crowe-directed film about 1970s rock ‘n’ roll through the eyes of a teenage journalist won best motion picture honors at the Globes, but failed to earn even a mention in the best picture category at the Oscars (an award which Gladiator rightly took home). Kate Hudson was nominated for best supporting actress, but lost to Marcia Gay Harden for her role in Pollock.
2005: Leonardo DiCaprio
DiCaprio earned best motion picture actor — drama honors at the Globes for his portrayal of Howard Hughes in The Aviator, but he again failed to take home an Oscar when Jamie Foxx nabbed the golden statuette for Ray in 2005.
2006: Brokeback Mountain
Even director Paul Haggis agreed that Crash wasn’t the obvious choice to be tapped as best picture in 2006, saying,” I wouldn't be voting for Crash, only because I saw the artistry that was in the other films.” Those other pics were Good Night and Good Luck, Capote, Steven Spielberg's Munich, and Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain, which was Hollywood’s first gay love story (with a breakthrough performance by Heath Ledger) and was recognized for being so when it won best motion picture — drama at the Globes.
2011: The Social Network
The movie about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg earned four major Golden Globes — including best motion picture — drama, best director for David Fincher, best screenplay for Aaron Sorkin and best original score — but lost to The King’s Speech at the Oscars. In 2011, the British period drama starring Colin Firth was referred to as hitting the “sweet spot” for Oscars voters, which helps to explain why a film so relevant today had such an uphill battle at the time.
Richard Linklater’s coming-of-age movie picked up best picture — drama honors (along with a best supporting actress win for Patricia Arquette and best director nod for Linklater) at the Globes. The Ethan Hawke-led pic, which was filmed over the course of 12 years, was hailed as a masterpiece by critics and was a frontrunner for the majority of the awards season, but ended up being denied the best picture nod at the Oscars to Alejandro Iñárritu’s Birdman.
This story has been updated with the 2016 and 2017 Golden Globes and Oscars.