Golden Globes timeline


1944: The Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Assn. presents its first honors at a luncheon at 20th Century Fox Studios. The five winners receive scrolls.

1945: HFCA president Marina Cisternas conceives of a trophy featuring a film strip encircling a globe -- and the Golden Globe statuette is born.

1950: As nominees are incorporated into the process, the Globes also begin honoring foreign films: "The Bicycle Thief" wins. In June, disgruntled HFCA members split from the group and form their own organization: the Foreign Press Assn. of Hollywood. The original group continues to host the Golden Globes. The new group creates its own awards: the Henriettas.

1952: HFCA establishes the Cecil B. DeMille Award, honoring outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment. Its first recipient is Cecil B. DeMille.

1955: HFCA and the Foreign Press Assn. of Hollywood bury the hatchet and join forces to become the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.

1956: The HFPA begins presenting awards for television, honoring "The Dinah Shore Show," "Lucy & Desi," "The American Comedy" and "Davy Crockett."

1958: The ceremony airs on television for the first time, though only in Los Angeles. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. "take over" the show, and the Rat Pack becomes the Golden Globes' first celebrity presenters.

1963: Eva Six (for film) and Donna Douglas (for TV) participate in the ceremony as the first Miss Golden Globes.

1964: The Golden Globes air nationwide as part of a special presentation on "The Andy Williams Show."

1974: In tribute to 1973's most popular film, host Steve Lawrence cracks a pedophilia joke. "'The Exorcist' is frightening everybody. Even George Jessel is giving up 12-year-olds."

1976: "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" becomes the only film to win all five of the top awards: best drama, best actor and actress for drama, best director, and best screenplay.

1977: Warner Bros. runs an ad congratulating "All the President's Men" for its win a week before the awards are announced. Insiders accuse the contest of being rigged, until "Rocky" actually wins.

1979: Unable to attract sponsors, the Globes go on without a television broadcast. The lack of cameras encourages the crowd to be even ruder and cruder, prompting host Chevy Chase to quip, "Thank God we're not on TV."

1980: Winning twice for "The Rose," Bette Midler stops the show by shaking her chest and exclaiming, "I'll show ya a pair of Golden Globes!"

1983: Cecil B. DeMille Award honoree Laurence Olivier ends up on the receiving end of a congratulatory kiss from Dustin Hoffman and Ben Kingsley.

1984: Barbra Streisand becomes the only woman to receive the best director Globe, for "Yentl."

1994: During his acceptance speech, Jerry Seinfeld observes, "There's a lot of cleavage in this room, and that's why the Golden Globe Award is the highest honor you can receive."

1998: Ving Rhames shocks the audience after winning for "Don King: Only in America" by calling fellow nominee Jack Lemmon to the stage and insisting he accept instead for his performance in "12 Angry Men."

1999: Having been in the ladies room the previous year when her win was announced, Christine Lahti jokingly makes her entrance as a presenter with a trail of toilet paper stuck to her shoe.

2001: A seemingly befuddled Elizabeth Taylor attempts to announce the best drama winner before reading off the nominees.

2002: Jennifer Garner responds to her surprise win for "Alias" by remarking, "I know I was good in 'Dude, Where's My Car?' but seriously, I can't thank you enough for believing in me."

2008: The writers strike essentially shuts down the festivities. Winners are announced during a celebrity-free press conference.

 -- Chris Koseluk