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2007 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS (article first published : 2006-12-23)

M-Net brings glamour and glitz to viewers in January with the 64th Golden Globe awards. Subscribers can watch their favourite stars come together for an evening of excitement and magic as they celebrate success. Nominated series include 24, Big Love, Grey’s Anatomy, Lost, The Closer, Dexter, Weeds, The Office and Ugly Betty.

Stars, journalists and guests freely mingle during the show with no designated 'seat-fillers,' lending the event an air of informality and casual elegance where anything can happen — and most often does. Winners good-naturedly moon the crowd (Jack Nicholson in 1999), have to be rousted out of the bathroom (Christine Lahti in 1998), or give their award away (Ving Rhames giving his statuette to his idol Jack Lemmon in 1998). But amid all the frivolity and good times, the awards have steadily grown in stature from their humble inception, today commanding a worldwide television audience of 250 million.

The Golden Globe Awards was founded in October 1943 by eight foreign journalists, who initially called themselves The Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The awards were handed out by the Journalists themselves until 1958, when Rat Packers Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis, Jr. stormed the stage, with whiskeys and cigarettes in tow, and took over the show, to the delight of the audience. They repeated their performance the next year (this time at the request of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association) and since then, the stars have reigned supreme at the Globes.

Included in Golden Globe Trivia is the fact that the youngest winner, Ricky Schroeder, was nine years old when he won the Globe for Best New Star of the Year in 1980 for The Champ. The oldest winners were 80-year-old Jessica Tandy who won Best Actress for Driving Miss Daisy in 1990, and 76-year-old Henry Fonda who won Best Actor for On Golden Pond in 1982.

The producers of Z refused the Globe for Best Foreign Language Film in 1970 because they wanted the film included in the main Best Motion Picture category. Marlon Brando refused his Best Actor Globe for The Godfather in 1973 to protest U.S. "imperialism and racism". He similarly didn't accept his Oscar statuette.

Warren Beatty will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award to celebrate his career in this industry.

The list of nominees is impressive:

Best Television Series – Drama: 24, Big Love, Grey’s Anatomy, Lost and Heroes.

Best performance by an Actress in a Television Series: Patricia Arquette in Medium, Edie Falco in The Sopranos, Evangeline Lilly in Lost, Ellen Pompeo in Grey’s Anatomy and Kyra Sedgwick in The Closer (on ActionX). Nominated for Best performance by an actor are Patrick Dempsey in Grey’s Anatomy; Michael C Hall in Dexter; Hugh Laurie in House; Bill Paxton in Big Love and Kiefer Sutherland in 24.

Up for Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical: Desperate Housewives; Entourage; The Office; Ugly Betty and Weeds.

Nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical are Marcia Cross in Desperate Housewives, America Ferrera in Ugly Betty, Felicity Huffman in Desperate Housewives, Julia Louis-Dreyfus in The new Adventures of Old Christine and Mary-Louise Parker in Weeds.

Up for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical are Alec Baldwin in 30 Rock, Zach Braff in Scrubs, Steve Carrell in The Office, Jason Lee in My Name is Earl and Tony Shalhoub in Monk.




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