Golden Globe Awards
The three award ceremony’s often get mistaken for one another. 2015 hosted the 72nd Golden Globe Awards which included a formal dinner and ceremony for Hollywood’s hottest stars! The awards took place January 11, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California and they have been held here annually since 1961. The awards honoured the best in film and television for 2014, Boyhood proved the biggest winner, grasping Best Motion Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress!
Amongst the star-studded event, winners included; Eddie Redmayne claimed the prize for Best Actor in a drama, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel took Best Motion Picture and Amy Adams won Best Actress in a comedy for her role in Tim Burton’s Big Eyes. All in all it was a great turn out for the Brits who won plenty of awards.
Arguably one of the most respected awards of them all – the golden globe statue. Gold in colour, with a marble pedestal and globe on top, the award is presented to any who have made a significant impact in film and television that year.
The Oscars or known as the Academy Awards is an annual American awards ceremony dedicated to cinematic achievements in the film industry. The category winners are awarded a copy of a statuette, officially the Academy Award of Merit that is better known by its nickname Oscar – no one knows why they changed the name to The Oscars, although since then the awards seemed to have rocketed in popularity, with the night now being broadcasted live to more than 200 countries.
The first Academy Awards presentation was held on 16 May 1929, and included a private dinner party held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel with an audience of only 250 people. Once of the biggest changes in the award of the years is the cost of a ticket! Back in 1929 the price was $5, whereas in 2015 the price is a whopping $69, although I’m sure these Hollywood A-listers can afford a ticket or two, or twenty! In 1929 there were on fifteen statuettes awarded, honouring artists, directors and other personalities of the film-making industry of the time for their works and believe it or not the ceremony itself only ran for 15 minutes.
Harold Russell is one of the only known winners to sell his Oscar due to needing the money for his wife’s medical expenses. The Oscar was sold to a private collector for $60,500. Russell defended his action, saying that his wife’s health was far more important than any embellishment.
We have the 87 Academy Awards Ceremony to look forward to in 2015, with the event almost upon us; 22 February, it’s time to start thinking about dresses ladies! The Globes, although highly desirable in their own right, are also historically good indicators of who’ll walk away with a golden statuette at next month’s Oscars – so it shouldn’t be too hard to predict this February’s winners!
The statue itself is made up of gold-plated britannium on a black metal base, it is 34 cm tall and weighs a whopping 8.5 lb (that’s as much as a newly born baby!) and depicts a knight rendered in Art Deco style holding a crusader’s sword, who is stood on a reel of film with five spokes. The five spokes represent the original branches of the Academy: Actors, Writers, Directors, Producers, and Technicians
The British Academy Film Awards are presented in an annual award show hosted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (also known as the BAFTA’s) and it is often considered to be the British equivalent of the US Academy Awards. As of 2008, it has taken place in Central London at the Royal Opera House, having moved from Leicester Square – looking forward to the 2015 BAFTA’s, held on the 8February this year. The statue is not a glass award, but a gold face crafted by hand, the awards end up like works of art according to Patrick Helly, the director of West Drayton metal company. They start the process with raw sand, mix it with chemicals, pour it into a mould, once left to harden then they pour metal into it, knock it out of the mould and voila – the Bafta!