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10 fascinating facts about the Golden Globe Awards

By Delaney Strunk

Published January 3, 2020

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The 77th Golden Globe Awards, hosted by comedian Ricky Gervais, will air Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC.

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Before you watch TV's and film's biggest stars strut the red carpet, it's time you brush up on your award show knowledge.

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Here are 10 fascinating facts about the Golden Globe Awards.

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1.

There are 25 main awards handed out throughout the night. 14 awards for film and 11 for television.

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The awards are presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), a group representing journalists from 55 countries.

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In 2008, the traditional ceremony was canceled due to the ongoing Writers Guild strike.

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Barry Jenkins, Spike Lee, Ava DuVernay and Steve McQueen are the only black directors to be nominated in the Best Director category.

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Actress Meryl Streep holds two Golden Globe records:
Most nominations - 32
Most wins - 8

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Whoopi Goldberg is the only black woman to win a Golden Globe in the Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama category.

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In 2017, "La La Land" broke the Golden Globes record for most wins by a film after taking home 7 awards.

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There was a three-way tie for Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama in 1989. Jodie Foster, Shirley MacLaine, and Sigourney Weaver each went home with the award.

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In 2019, the Golden Globes featured the inaugural Carol Burnett Award to honor actors who have made "outstanding contributions to television."

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Sandra Oh made history last year, becoming the first actress of Asian descent to win multiple Golden Globes. She's also the first Asian woman to host a major awards show.

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