The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the date for the 75th Golden Globes telecast and it looks like it will duplicate last year’s influential Oscar strategy.
The 2018 edition of the awards show where movies and television come together will be held on Sunday, Jan. 7 and, as always, at the famed Beverly Hilton. This year’s Golden Globes were held on Jan. 8 and because of a later timeframe for Academy voting meant that it took place not one, but five full days before Oscar ballots were due. Many believe Meryl Streep‘s impassioned lifetime achievement speech (and Trump’s ridiculous reaction) as well as Isabelle Huppert‘s surprise Best Actress in a Leading Role – Drama win helped seal Academy Award nominations for both. You could also argue “Moonlight”‘s Best Film- Drama win convinced some voters to make sure they included Barry Jenkins’ critically acclaimed drama in their top five Best Picture selections. “Moonlight” went on to win that top prize a little over a month later at the 89th Academy Awards.
The Academy has not released their awards calendar for the 90th edition of Hollywood’s most prestigious awards show, but because of the upcoming Winter Olympics the telecast is already set for March 4, 2018. That’s one week later than in a non-Olympic year. The last time the Olympics occurred, the Academy’s voting deadline was Jan. 8 and the Globes occurred on Jan. 12, giving them little influence beyond the nominations announcement a month earlier. The Academy came under criticism from membership for a number of years where ballots were due so closely after the New Year’s holiday. At worst, you could expect for the nominations deadline to be a few days after the Globes air, but our guess is it will be on Friday, Jan. 12. And, trust, nothing will make the HFPA happier.