But who are these folks that decide who receives the prestigious awards? The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) members are the ones who pick who wins. It is a modest organization in comparison to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which has approximately 10,000 members and bestows the Oscars. But the HFPA does have more foreign members, so that makes sense.
They select the people they want to win by voting for "Film of the Year". Each year they choose only one film as "Film of the Year", which is then called the "Golden Globe Award Winner". The other films that were considered for this award are called "Finalists". In fact, there can be as many as ten films that are nominated for Film of the Year. Then each member of the HFPA gets to vote on their favorite film from this list. The movie that receives the most votes from all members worldwide is then called the winner.
The HFPA was founded in 1973 by French journalist Pierre Lherminier with the goal of promoting trade relations with France's leading film producers. They decided that since Americans had been winning the majority of the Oscars lately, that it was time for someone else to get some recognition. So they created these little prizes that could be won by foreigners too. Since its founding, the association has grown to include more than eighty five journalists from twelve countries around the world.
The Hollywood International Press Association is a non-profit organization that advocates for the rights of foreign journalists in Hollywood. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which is comprised of roughly 90 journalists from across the world, makes the nominees for the Golden Globes every year.
Nominations are given out in three categories: comedy, drama and musical or comedy film. Winners are determined by votes cast by members of the HFPA. Previous winners include movies such as Avatar, The King's Speech, and The Artist.
The HFPA was founded in 1943 when the Hollywood branch of the American Newspaper Publishers Association (ANPA) held its first awards ceremony. Since then, it has become an important part of the movie industry calendar.
In addition to the Golden Globe Awards, the HFPA presents two other annual prizes. The Eddy Award is given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to international journalism. The Iris Award is presented to an actress or actor who has delivered an outstanding performance in a leading role while working within the context of internationally produced films.
The HFPA receives its name from the Hollywood press corps that traveled with Franklin D. Roosevelt during his presidency. The group came together at the suggestion of Louis B. Mayer, head of MGM, to provide coverage of Roosevelt's visits to Hollywood.
While the HFPA has the power to deny entries, they have never done so.
In addition to the regular Globe nominations, actors and actresses can also be nominated by members of the press for their work in film and television. These awards are called "informal nominations." There are three categories: best actor in a motion picture, best actress in a motion picture, and best supporting actor in a motion picture. A film cannot be nominated in more than one category; however, individuals can be nominated for several different roles within the same movie.
For example, Michael Douglas could be nominated for both best actor and best supporting actor for his role as corporate raider Jack Quinlan in the film Wall Street. That would be two separate nods; one for each role. If you look on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB), there are links to each of these individuals' pages. You can see that IMDB gives credit for both acting nominations to HFPA for Douglas's role in Wall Street.
It is important to note that neither of the Golden Globe Awards ceremonies officially recognizes an actor or actress as having won an award.
The Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score is one of numerous categories awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which was founded in 1947 by journalists who cover the US film business but are linked with newspapers outside North America. The most prestigious award given by the HFPA is called the Golden Globe.
The original score is the music that provides background accompaniment to a motion picture or television program. It may include songs, musical numbers, and other types of music. The score can be performed by a single musician in an orchestinal setting, or by multiple musicians simultaneously. Scores were originally created using paper music, but today they are often recorded electronically.
The first official Golden Globes were held in 1949 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. These awards were created by group of newspaper editors who were looking for a way to recognize excellence in filmmaking while promoting their publications. The winners were determined by votes from these members along with members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The number of nominees has increased over time so only the top five scores are announced during the ceremony. The award for best score is voted on by members of the association.
In addition to the main award, several other prizes are presented at the Golden Globes. These include:
Best Motion Picture - Drama
Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy