Golden Globe Award Categories

What Are the Golden Globe Award Categories?

The Golden Globes are like the Oscars and the Emmys combined. They honor both movies and television, allowing actors, directors, composers and many other show biz professionals to be acknowledged in a single ceremony. While the Golden Globe award categories do not include music in the sense that Grammy-type awards are not offered, they do honor music that has been featured in films and TV shows.

Within the movie, or motion picture, category, the Golden Globe awards are divided largely by genre. In other words, there is not just one award category for Best Picture or Best Actor. These award categories are divided into two camps: Drama and Musical or Comedy. The specific motion picture award categories that fall under these two classifications are:

Best Motion Picture -- Drama

Best Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy

Best Actor -- Drama

Best Actor -- Musical or Comedy

Best Actress Drama

Best Actress -- Musical or Comedy

Interestingly, many of the other major Golden Globe awards are not divided into these categories, but are just awarded in general. These categories include:

Best Director

Best Supporting Actor

Best Supporting Actress

Best Screenplay

Best Original Score

Best Original Song

Best Foreign Language Film

Best Animated Feature Film

There is also the Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement in Motion Pictures, which is awarded to someone who has contributed to the industry for at least several decades.

In the television category, the awards are divided by genre as well. There is an award for Best Drama Series, and a separate one for Best Comedy Series. There are also awards for the Best Actors and Actresses within these categories. However, a third category is added to the television awards that is not part of the movie awards. It is called Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. There is an award given directly for the best example in this category, as well as for the Best Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress in this category.

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