The first national telecasts of the awards were during a special segment on "The Andy Williams Show" in 1964 and 1965.
Paul Lukas won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama at the first awards presentation.
Host with the Most
The annual telecast is put on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Founded in October 1943 by eight foreign journalists, the organization was originally called the Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association. The associations current president is Philip Berk.
A Golden Star
Judy Garland was the first female recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1962.
Rat Pack Rewind
Awards were handed out by journalists in the HFPA up until 1958, when Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. stormed the stage with whiskeys and cigarettes and took over the show. Since then, stars have ruled the show.
The most Globes won by a film is five -- and the honor has been shared by five winners: "Doctor Zhivago" (1966), "Love Story" (1971), "The Godfather" (1973), "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1976), and "A Star is Born" (1977).
Three films — "Doctor Zhivago", "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", and "A Star is Born" — all received five nominations and won five Globes.
"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" is the only film to win the Globe in all five major categories (Best Motion Picture, Actor, Actress, Director, Screenplay).
"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1967) and "The Godfather, Part III" (1991) each received seven nominations — but no awards.
"Nashville" (1976) holds the record for most nominations ever for a film — but the film only won one the Best Song award for Keith Carradine's "I'm Easy."
Actress Rosalind Russell won all five Golden Globes that she's been nominated for, but never nabbed an Oscar for her achievements.
Star of 2005
Jamie Foxx holds the record for most nominations in one year -- in 2005, he was up for Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) "Ray"; Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Drama) "Collateral" and Best Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television, "Redemption."
From 'The Office' to the Stage
Ricky Gervais will host the 2011 Globes, returning for the second year in a row.
There has only been one three-way tie in a category at the Globes -- in 1989, Jodie Foster ("The Accused"), Shirley MacLaine ("Madame Sousatzka"), and Sigourney Weaver ("Gorillas in the Mist") all won for Best Actress.
Ricky Schroeder became the youngest award recipient ever when he won the Globe for Best New Star of the Year in 1980 for "The Champ" at age 9.
Only four actresses have won two acting awards in the same year: Sigourney Weaver (1989), Joan Plowright (1993), Helen Mirren (2007) and Kate Winslet (2009).
Unbeatable at 80
Jessica Tandy is the oldest award recipient ever, having won Best Actress at age 80 for "Driving Miss Daisy" (1990).
Meryl Streep holds the record for most individual nominations — twenty-five (as of the 2010 nominations). Jack Lemmon is second with twenty-two.
The first physical award that was given to winners was a scroll.
Marlon Brando refused his Best Actor Globe for "The Godfather" in 1973 to protest U.S. "imperialism and racism". He also refused his Oscar statuette for the same role.
Cecil B. DeMille Award
The famous filmmaker was the first recipient of this award for a lifetime of achievements in motion pictures. Robert De Niro will be honored with the 2011 Cecil B. DeMille award.
Miss Golden Globe
Gia Mantegna, the daughter of Golden Globe-nominated actor Joe Mantegna, was named Miss Golden Globe 2011. She currently stars in TeenNick's new series "Gigantic," which takes a fictional look at the complicated lives of children of Hollywood celebrities.
2011 Top Honors
This year, "The King's Speech" leads the pack with seven nominations. "The Fighter" and "The Social Network" follow with six nominations each.
The 2011 Golden Globes will be broadcast LIVE Sunday, January 16 on NBC at 5 PM PST and 8 PM EST.