In 1943, a group of writers banded together to form the
Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and by creating a generously distributed award called the Golden Globe Award, they now play a significant role in film marketing.
1st Golden Globe Awards, honoring the best achievements in
1943 filmmaking, was held in January 1944, at the
20th Century-Fox studios. Subsequent ceremonies were held at various venues throughout the next decade, including
the Beverly Hills Hotel, and the
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
In 1950, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association made the decision to establish a special honorary award to recognize outstanding contributions to the entertainment industry. Recognizing its subject as an international figure within the entertainment industry, the first award was presented to director and producer,
Cecil B. DeMille. The official name of the award thus became the
Cecil B. DeMille Award.
In 1963, the
Miss Golden Globe concept was introduced. In its inaugural year, two Miss Golden Globes were named, one for film and one for television. The two Miss Golden Globes named that year were
Eva Six (of the films
Operation Bikini and
Beach Party) and
Donna Douglas (of television's
The Beverly Hillbillies), respectively.
In 2009, the Golden Globe statuette was redesigned (but not for the first time in its history). The New York firm
Society Awards collaborated for a year with the
Hollywood Foreign Press Association to produce a statuette that included a unique marble and enhanced the statuette’s quality and gold content. It was unveiled at a press conference at the Beverly Hilton prior to the show.
Revenues generated from the annual ceremony have enabled the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to donate millions of dollars to entertainment-related charities, as well as funding scholarships and other programs for future film and television professionals. The most prominent beneficiary being the
Young Artist Awards, presented annually by the
Young Artist Foundation, established in 1978 by late Hollywood Foreign Press member,
Maureen Dragone to recognize and award excellence of young
Hollywood performers under the age of 21, and to provide scholarships for young artists who may be physically and/or financially challenged.