What Is the Difference Between the Golden Globes and the Oscars?

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One award is chosen by the press, the other by peers of the recipients. That's the main difference between two of the most popular awards ceremonies in the entertainment industry, the Golden Globe Awards and the Oscars. Golden Globe winners carry home a trophy depicting, well, a golden globe. The Academy Award of Merit, as the Oscar is officially known, is a tiny golden statuette of a mysterious man called Oscar.

Voting Members

Golden Globe winners are selected by members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Oscars by film industry professionals in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The academy has roughly 6,000 members, while the press group is limited to about 90 members of the foreign media covering Hollywood. The Oscars focus solely on the motion picture industry, while the Golden Globes hand out awards for film and TV.

Ceremony Atmosphere

Both ceremonies feature red carpets trod by stars galore dressed to the nines, but the Golden Globe event is much more casual than the Oscars. Attendees and nominees at the Golden Globes sit at large dinner tables enjoying drinks and conversation with others in the crowd. The Oscars ceremony is more formal, taking place in a classic theater environment less conducive to mingling and chit chat.