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7 Things You Didn't Know About the Golden Globe Awards

Yes, Jack Nicholson even once mooned the audience

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    On Jan. 8th The Golden Globes will recognize the best of the best in film and television. But even 74 years into the tradition, there may be a few fun-filled facts about the awards show that you're unaware of.

    1. The Golden Globe Awards began in 1944, but ran without a host for the first 14 years of its existence. It wasn’t until 1958 that Rat Pack members Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. took over the stage and were the unofficial hosts.

    2. A single Golden Globe statuette costs about $800 to make, and is plated in 24-karat gold.

    3. The awards show waits for no one--on two occasions, women were in the restroom when they were announced as winners (Renee Zellweger in 2001 and Christine Lahti in 1998).

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    4. In 1973, Marlon Brando rejected his award for “The Godfather” as a protest to “U.S. imperialism and racism” during the Vietnam War.

    5. The Golden Globe Awards ceremony has been held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel every year since 1961.

    6. Award recipient Jack Nicholson mooned the audience instead of giving a traditional acceptance speech in 1999.

    7. The youngest Globe winner was nine-year-old Rick Schroeder for “The Champ.” The oldest Globe winner was 80-year-old Jessica Tandy for “Driving Miss Daisy.”

    Tune in on Jan. 8 to watch the Golden Globe Awards on NBC at 8 p.m. EST.