The golden knights are actually called the Academy Awards of Merit on film reels, but according to legend, they were given the name Oscar by the Academy’s board secretary, Margaret Herrick, when she said: “He looks like my uncle Oscar!” But also others According to Walt Disney, people are considered to be namesakes because he misheard himself and then thanked for an “Oscar” at the 1932 award.
Since 1929, the Los Angeles-based Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has awarded the 24-karat thin gold-plated statue. It is worth 300 US dollars and is currently awarded in over 30 different categories such as “Best Film”, “Best Editing” or “Best Costume Design”. Mostly US productions are awarded that were screened for at least seven days in a public cinema in the Los Angeles County area in the past year. Foreign films also receive awards in the “Best Foreign Language Film” categories.
Only after the public award ceremony at the end of February (since 2001) in the Kodak Theater will the winner, category and film title be engraved on the base. Walt Disney was able to dust off the most trophies with 26 prizes won and 37 nominations. Meryl Streep was nominated an incredible 16 times, got it twice. Jack Nicholson holds the record for men with 12 nominations and three awards to his credit. The 1939 film “Gone with the Wind” held the record for a long time with ten Oscars. “Titanic” and “Ben Hur” as well as “The Lord of the Rings – The Return of the King” overtook him with eleven statues each. The entire “Lord of the Rings” trilogy received 30 nominations, winning 17 awards.
The Golden Globes
The awards that are considered sure indicators of the Oscars are the Golden Globe Awards. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has organized the ceremony since 1944. It consists of approximately 100 international journalists working in Hollywood. Initially, only cinema films were awarded, but from 1956 television productions and their actors could also feel honored.
The Globes have been held at a gala dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California since 1961. Categories such as Best Picture, Best Series and Best Actress are broken down into Drama and Comedy/Musical. Meryl Streep with seven and Jack Nicholson with three trophies also have the lead at the Globes. Streep has been nominated 25 times so far. Next to the Oscars for film and the Emmys for television, the Golden Globes are the second most important prizes in their respective categories.