Warren Beatty once famously said, "The Globes are fun. The Oscars are business." However, the Globes have shaken up the Academy Awards on more than one occasion when they got down to the business of busting early expectations. Take a tour through our photo gallery featuring 10 times when a win at the Globes changed the direction of the Oscar race and led the Globe victor to prevail with Academy voters.
In the lead up to the 1995 Golden Globes, critic's groups had been going for Mike Figgis for "Leaving Las Vegas," Ron Howard for "Apollo 13," and Ang Lee for "Sense and Sensibility." But at the ceremony, Mel Gibson ("Braveheart") bested all of them in the Best Director category and charmed the audience with his acceptance speech: "My wife deserves a mention. Otherwise I'll have a Golden Globe mark on my head." When the Oscars came, both Howard and Lee were left out of the Best Director category and Gibson would not only win the Oscar for directing but take home the Best Picture prize as the movie's co-producer.
-- Charles Bright
Most of the critic's awards in 1997 were going for Joan Cusack for "In & Out," Julianne Moore for "Boogie Nights," and Gloria Stuart for "Titanic" as Best Supporting Actress. But Kim Basinger ("L.A. Confidential") won over the members of the HFPA with her portrayal of a prostitute who resembles Veronica Lake. She would tie with Stuart at the SAG Awards and would eventually triumph at the Oscars.
Jim Broadbent ("Iris") had collected a couple of 2001 supporting actor prizes including the National Board of Review, but most other critics were rewarding Ben Kingsley for "Sexy Beast," and Steve Buscemi for "Ghost World." Broadbent's win at the Globes firmly established him as a serious contender. Even though he lost SAG to a fellow Brit, Ian McKellen ("The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"), Broadbent was still able to claim Oscar gold. The fact that he was also a prominent player in Best Picture nominee "Moulin Rouge!" didn't hurt either.
Julianne Moore had been dominating the 2002 critic’s prizes for her performance in "Far From Heaven," with occasional trophies going to Diane Lane for "Unfaithful." Then the Globes shocked pretty much everyone by giving their Best Actress award to Nicole Kidman for her portrayal of Virginia Woolf in "The Hours." While she would lose the SAG Award to Renee Zellweger ("Chicago"), the win at the Globes shot her to the front position in that year's derby, ultimately leading her to Oscar gold.
For the 2002 awards season, critics were mainly taken by the music to Todd Haynes's film, "Far From Heaven," which was composed by Elmer Bernstein. But the Globes chose to go in a much different direction when they gave their prize for Original Score to Elliot Goldenthal's work for "Frida." The film was a biopic about artist Frida Kahlo, and Goldenthal's score was laced with themes from Mexican and Central American music.
While Clint Eastwood did pick up several prestigious prizes for "Million Dollar Baby" prior to the 2004 Globes (including honors from New York and Chicago), more people had their eyes focused on Alexander Payne for "Sideways," and Martin Scorsese for "The Aviator." But when Eastwood won the honor for directing (his third competitive Globe also having received the DeMille Award), he showed that he would be a major contender. He went on to win the DGA prize and then take home not just the Oscar for directing "Baby," but also the Best Picture prize as one of its producers.
George Clooney was virtually absent from most 2005 kudos for his performance in the Middle Eastern set drama "Syriana." Most critics were going for Paul Giamatti in "Cinderella Man" and William Hurt for "A History of Violence." But he managed to be victorious at the Globes where he was also nominated for directing and co-writing "Good Night and Good Luck." While Giamatti would prevail at SAG, Clooney would eventually be victorious at the Oscars.
Rachel Weisz had already been getting some critical prizes for her performance as the activist wife of a British diplomat in the 2005 film "The Constant Gardener." But more critics had their eyes on Maria Bello for "A History of Violence," Catherine Keener for "Capote," and Amy Adams for "Junebug." Weisz’s win at the Globes helped her gain momentum in the supporting actress race that would lead to a SAG victory and then taking home Oscar gold.
The Foreign Film category is always a tough one to predict based on the critic’s prizes. Because often the films that have been submitted by countries for Oscar consideration haven't been released throughout the states, they won't see the films in serious contention for the prize. That's why it's not uncommon to see a film that received an Oscar nod one year be rewarded by film critics the following year. But it was still a bit of a shock when the Danish film "In a Better World" took the honor at the Globes over more well-known fare such as Mexico's "Biutiful" (starring Javier Bardem) and Italy's "I Am Love" (starring Tilda Swinton). Even when "Biutiful" scored a Best Actor nomination for Bardem along with a Foreign Film nod at the Oscars, "In a Better World" still managed to take the gold.
There was quite a bit of confusion with Christoph Waltz during the 2012 awards season. He was being touted as a leading performer in "Django Unchained" for a bit, but then some critics awarded him in supporting. SAG somehow didn't nominate him at all. Other groups were going with Philip Seymour Hoffman in "The Master" and Tommy Lee Jones for "Lincoln." And then there were Oscar veterans Alan Arkin in "Argo" and Robert De Niro in "Silver Linings Playbook." But Waltz’s win at the Globes gave him the boost he needed to reclaim frontrunner status, and he would ride that to a win at BAFTA and eventually his second Oscar triumph.
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