Warren Beatty once famously said, “The Globes are fun. The Oscars are business.” While this has become conventional wisdom for many, the Golden Globes have had many instances of shaking up the Oscar race. With that in mind, click through our photo gallery above to see the Top 10 times when a win at the Golden Globes changed the direction of the Oscars.
Many people will cite that the Globes are decided by an organization of less than 100 foreign journalists who write about the entertainment industry as proof that they don’t hold much weight. However, there is plenty to show that the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association have been big influences over who ultimately goes home with Oscar gold.
Among the most notable examples is when Mel Gibson won Best Director for “Braveheart” at the Golden Globes, bucking the trend of the critics’ groups going for Mike Figgis for “Leaving Las Vegas,” Ron Howard for “Apollo 13,” and Ang Lee for “Sense and Sensibility.” That changed the entire 1995 awards race, with Gibson then going on to win the Oscar for Best Director and Best Picture.
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