10 Golden Globe records and fascinating facts

A slew of records were set at Sunday’s night Golden Globes. And a quartet of Oscar contenders saw their status elevated to frontrunners with wins here.

1. It was a night of a first-timers prevailing: Amy Adams (American Hustle“), Jacqueline Bisset (“Dancing on the Edge“), Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad“), Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club“), Elisabeth Moss (“Top of the Lake“), Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation“), Andy Samberg (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine“), and Robin Wright (“House of Cards“).

2. Although Michael Douglas earned his fourth career Globe for “Behind the Candelabra,” it was only the second one he got for acting (after 1987’s “Wall Street”). The other two were for producing film champs “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975) and “Romancing the Stone” (1984).

3. Jon Voight claimed the fourth Golden Globe in his career for his TV work on “Ray Donovan.” The other three were for “Midnight Cowboy” (1969), “Coming Home” (1979), and “Runaway Train” (1986).

4. Double nominees losing both Globe bids this year: Lena Dunham (acting and producing “Girls“), Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave,” “Dancing on the Edge“), Idris Elba (“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” “Luther“), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Enough Said,” “Veep“), Julianna Margulies (acting and producing “The Good Wife“), Michael Sheen (acting and producing “Masters of Sex“), and Kevin Spacey (acting and producing “House of Cards”).

5. After never having won a Globe, Cranston walked away with two trophies Sunday night. He prevailed for acting and producing “Breaking Bad”. The same goes for Samberg for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”

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6. Although they have many Globes on their shelves, both Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks continue adding to a large number of losses. Streep has won eight times but has failed 20 times. Hanks has eight trophies (acting and producing combined) but has lost seven times.

Based on the following stats, McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, Leto, and Jennifer Lawrence should now feel extremely comfortable about their Oscar nomination chances and possible wins ahead.

7. In the 70-year history of the Best Drama Actor category, only three men have won here and failed to receive an Oscar bid — Anthony Franciosa (Career,” 1959); Omar Sharif (“Doctor Zhivago,” 1965) and  Jim Carrey (“The Truman Show,” 1998). Seven of the past 14 Globe champs in this category went on to win the Oscar.

8. Over the seven decades of Best Drama Actress, only two women who prevailed here were snubbed by the Oscars. There were unusual circumstances, however. Shirley MacLaine (“Madame Sousatzka) tied in 1988 with two other actresses (Jodie Foster, Sigourney Weaver) that did receive nominations. Kate Winslet (“Revolutionary Road”) won the 2008 Oscar for “The Reader” instead. Eight of the previous 14 Globe winners in this category triumphed at the Academy Awards.

9. While seven of the first 33 winners of Supporting Actor were left off the Oscar rolls, the past 37  Globe have earned Oscar bids. The most recent six winners (Javier Bardem, Heath Ledger, Christoph Waltz, Christian Bale, Christopher Plummer, and Waltz again) have also repeated at the Oscars.

10. Likewise, four of the first 34 Supporting Actress champs were spurned by the Oscars but the last 36  Globe winners have gone on to contend at the Oscars. The past five  (Winslet in lead, Mo’Nique, Melissa Leo, Octavia Spencer, and Anne Hathaway) also prevailed at the Academy Awards.

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