Globes movie wins don't always lead to Oscar glory
05:00 AM, Jan 14, 2013
Argo and Les Miserables took home the top film awards at the Golden Globe Awards Sunday night. So what does that mean for their Oscar chances next month?
Well, on first glance, it seems a little better for Argo, one of nine contenders alongside Les Mis for best picture at this year’s Academy Awards on Feb. 24. But more often than not the Oscars have had a penchant for going their own way.
Since 2000, four films have captured the Globe for best drama the field the political thriller Argo conquered this year and gone on to win best picture: Gladiator (2000), A Beautiful Mind (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) and Slumdog Millionaire (2008).
Meanwhile, Les Miserables took home best comedy or musical, an award that has spawned only two Oscar winners in that same time frame: Chicago (2002) and The Artist (2011). That category honored a string of movies in the 2000s that didn’t even muster an Oscar nod, such as Walk the Line (2005), Dreamgirls (2006), Sweeney Todd (2007), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) and The Hangover (2009).
Those supporters of Lincoln, Life of Pi and Zero Dark Thirty should not fret over not seeing any Golden Globes love, however. In six instances since 2000, the Oscars went in a different direction altogether, although three of those best pictures Crash (2005), The Hurt Locker (2009) and The King’s Speech (2010) were considered upsets at the time over Globes winners for best drama: Brokeback Mountain, Avatar and The Social Network.
Million Dollar Baby (2004), The Departed (2006) and No Country for Old Men (2007) also were honored by the Academy and not the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.