Golden Globes: The 13 strangest wins and nominations in history
Strangeest globes: Daniel Kaluuya at Get Out, James Corden at The Prom (clockwise) (Universal / Screen Gems/ Valerie Macon / Getty / Netflix) and Christina Aguilera at Burlesque (Burlesque), Pia Zadora in concert).
The Golden Globes are "the boozy grandma on the dancefloor" of reward shows: creepy and scary, but unlookable.
The yearly ceremony is a looser, sillier Oscars powered by star power and an open bar.
Absurdity is baked into it, largely because everybody knows that a few hundred individuals are comprised of the Hollywood International Press Association, which votes on prizes.
But even with the warning in mind, some successes and nominations in the history of Golden Globes are always too strange to overlook.
We have gathered some of the silliest gains and nodes in their history before the virtual Globes this year, which will be hosting returning emcees Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, from the most egregious films to be honored to choices in category that we can't even wrap our heads around.
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Year's Newcomer: Pia Zadora (1982)
The New York Times described newcomer Pia Zadora in 1981 as "Brigitte Bardot recycled by a cooker."
One year later, she received the Globes Rookie of the Year Award for her work in the sexy little-seen butterfly film.
The industry's pervasive ridicule followed, both because Zadora was unable to act and because Butterfly was funded solely by her billionaire husband.
Then came the urban legend that Zadora's husband flown the whole polling body to Vegas to watch his wife show a cabaret, paying for a massive promotional effort to make Zadora a star.
Zadora maintains that she won the prize fair and the square to this day.
However her subsequent Hollywood career was totally dominated by the hype that followed her winning, which included songs, a John Waters movie and movies.
The Rookie of the Year Award was scrapped just two years from the set of Zadora's trophy.
Best Drama Actress: Sally Kirkland for Anna (1988)
This long-forgotten success won over Glenn Close's genre-defining work as a disregarded lover of the romantic thriller Fatal Attraction, whereby Kirkland was the winner of the 1988 Best Actress in Drama Award.
The victory was obviously the result of an unrelenting effort by a virtually obscure actor whose previous movie was a slasher film about sports called Fatal Games in 1984.
Kudos to Kirkland, but this victory is already dumb.
Best screenplay: born on July 4th (1990)
The chances of this victory are less linked to the film itself than its rivalry.
Born on the 4th of July in 1990 Globes won over three important works of art: the fireworks Do the Right Thing, the sly and perceptive sex lies and videotape, and the beautiful when Harry mets Sally, a good, if mildly snoozy drama.
Both three films are the pinnacles of their respective genres, although their individual signatures can be found for the next ten years.
By snubbing all three, the Globes have shown the experts look back instead of going ahead.
Best picture (musical/comedy): Adams patch (1999)
The presence of the group Comedy/Music on the Globes normally creates a few odd nominees each year.
This does not clarify, in particular, how Patch Adams scored a best picture node in 1999.
An complex drama with Robin Williams as a visionary surgeon, which also culminates in a man with schizophrenia shot dead by his wife, has been inexplicably labeled a comic by the voters of Globes – it competed against Everything About Mary for the sake of Heaven.
Best musical actor: Hugh Jackman for Kate & Leopold (2002)
A time trip romcom with Meg Ryan, Kate and Leopold arrived, just when the name of Hugh Jackman ascended the A-list.
This is the only reason for his nomination as best actor in 2002, with the Globes likely ready to announce a new face.
Jackman is a fine yet award-winning duke who plays through a gateway to contemporary New York in the 19th century.
Best original song: Miley Cyrus and John Travolta for Bolt, "I Thought I Lost You" (2008)
Since nothing shouts "give this a nomination to the Golden Globe!
"As a screechy duet between Travolta and Cyrus, the latter being a speaking puppy.
Perhaps more excruciating?
It took one spot that Hugh Grant's glorious Pop Goes My Heart, a track by Romcom Music & Lyrics which is truly the biggest film song in the history of film songs, should have filled.
Best drama actress: Halle Berry for Frankie and Alice (2011)
In 2008, Halle Berry shot an independent low budget movie where she played a stripper with many actors.
It was eventually released in 2014.
In 2011, her performance earned her a nomination for the Golden Globe.
If you're confused, Frankie and Alice are an outrageous example of Hollywood awards.
In 2011, the film was played for a week at a single Los Angeles movie theater in December 2010.
Soon after a scheduled wide release was over, and it wasn't until a small distributor picked up the film years later that everyone other but award voters had to watch it.
Best (Musical/Comedy) picture: burlesque (2011)
This Cher/Christina Aguilera musical is commonly regarded as a film victory for those Postcodes, especially those with drag bars.
But even those who enjoy the great spirit of a badly warped Kristen Bell who labels Cher a "crazy bitch" will get a Best Picture nomination in Burlesque in 2011.
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Tourist's Best Picture (Music/Comedy) (2011)
Today better remembered as one of the hosting monologs of Ricky Gervais, the Visitor exemplifies the worst of the Golden Globe.
It was somehow also a ludicrously costly star car for Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, where the majority of the money was spent on their wardrobes and the design rather than the script.
Along with a Best Picture Node, Jolie and Depp were also nominated as actors – not because they were successful in them, naturally, but because they were able to get two of the greatest Hollywood names for a night in the same room.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson for Nocturnal Creatures, Best Supporting Actor (2017)
Aaron Taylor-Johnson is providing nocturnal animals with massive "end-of-year theater studies" energy.
Taylor-Johnson, a sadistic gang boss who is torturing innocent Jake Gyllenhaal and his family on an American highway, whoops, hollers and throws him into the desert.
In a way this won over Mahershala Ali's splendid performance in Moonlight at the 2017 Globes.
Best picture (Musical/Comedy): Come off! (2018)
It was not only deserved to present the Best Picture nomination for 2018, but also necessary, given how the terror of Jordan Peele swept its way into society the year before.
But here's the tiny print: Get out was in the genre Comedy/Music, along with The Tragedy Performer and The Best Showman.
Peele was, of course, puzzled, playing on Twitter that Get Out actually was "a documentary."
Nevertheless, this ruthless dissection of white liberalism and Black trauma was not a "comedy" for the globes.
Best visual (Musical/Comedy): (2021)
Even in this pandemic year, the decision to commemorate Sia's divisive misfire is wildly superfluous.
The Music of this year's Globes is so provocative, careless and borderline dangerous in its portrayal of autism that neurodivergent people deliberately want to withdraw their nominations.
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Best Actor: James Corden for The Prom (Musical/Comedy) (2021)
Corden's performance in The Prom, almost like Music, was ruined by reviewers and seen to be a catnip to authors of think-pieces.
Not only is he too white and too young to play Broadway's gay actor, he's still not very successful in the picture.