award shows Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed  

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List Rules Compare the Oscar winner to the Golden Globe winner of the same year - upvote the movies and people who you think were better than their Golden Globe-winning counterparts.

The Golden Globes and the Academy Awards are two of the highest honors any production or people working in showbiz can win. Sometimes, an actor, actress, or film, deservingly wins across the board. But in the Oscars vs Golden Globes debate there are a lot of examples of times the Oscars got it right when the Golden Globes picked movies and people that were not quite so deserving. Some of these Oscars Golden Globes differences are glaring, when given time to absorb the films in question and the performances that went up against one another.

The Hollywood Foreign Press votes for winners of the Golden Globes, while The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences votes for the winners of the Oscars. Oftentimes these organizations agree with one another, meaning that the Golden Globes end up predicting who will likely win an Oscar. But sometimes the opinions of these organizations don’t totally match up. For film buffs, that's where the fun comes in: we all get to decide which award show got it right and which one missed the mark.

Here's a list of examples of when the Academy Awards crowned the right winner and the Hollywood Foreign Press didn’t. Each entry provides the year, category, and both the Golden Globe and Oscar winners, for comparison. Check out the list, vote up the time Oscars chose different than Golden Globes (and were correct), and see who was most deserving of Hollywood's highest honors.

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The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
The Silence of the Lambs, Best Picture - 1991 The Golden Globe for Best Picture - Drama went to Bugsy

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Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
Robin Williams, Best Supporting Actor, Good Will Hunting - 1997 The Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor went to Burt Reynolds for Boogie Nights

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Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
Anthony Hopkins, Best Actor, The Silence of the Lambs - 1991 The Golden Globe for Best Actor - Drama went to Nick Nolte for The Prince of Tides

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Joe Pesci is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
Joe Pesci, Best Supporting Actor, Goodfellas - 1990 The Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor went to Bruce Davidson for Longtime Companion

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Jonathan Demme is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
Jonathan Demme, Best Director, The Silence of the Lambs - 1991 The Golden Globe for Best Director went to Oliver Stone for JFK

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The Departed is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
The Departed, Best Picture - 2006 The Golden Globe for Best Picture - Drama went to Babel

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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
Braveheart, Best Picture - 1995 The Golden Globe for Best Picture went to Sense and Sensibility

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Barry Levinson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
Barry Levinson, Best Director, Rain Man - 1988 The Golden Globe for Best Director went to Clint Eastwood for Bird

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Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
Kevin Spacey, Best Supporting Actor, The Usual Suspects - 1995 The Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor went to Brad Pitt for Twelve Monkeys

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Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
Christopher Walken, Best Supporting Actor, The Deer Hunter - 1978 The Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor went to John Hurt for Midnight Express

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The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
The Godfather Part II, Best Picture - 1974 The Golden Globe for Best Picture went to Chinatown

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Charlton Heston is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
Charlton Heston, Best Actor, Ben Hur - 1958 The Golden Globe for Best Actor - Drama went to Anthony Franciosa for Career

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Ethan Coen & Joel Coen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
Ethan Coen & Joel Coen, Best Director(s), No Country for Old Men - 2007 The Golden Globe for Best Director went to Julian Schnabel for The Diving Bell and Butterfly

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Patton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
Patton, Best Picture - 1970 Th Golden Globe for Best Picture - Drama went to Love Story

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Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
Cate Blanchett, Best Supporting Actress, The Aviator - 2004 The Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress went to Natalie Portman for Closer

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The Deer Hunter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
The Deer Hunter, Best Picture - 1978 The Golden Globe for Best Picture went to Midnight Express

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No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
No Country for Old Men, Best Picture - 2007 The Golden Globe for Best Picture - Drama went to Atonement

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Unforgiven is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
Unforgiven, Best Picture - 2002 The Golden Globe for Best Picture - Drama went to Scent of a Woman

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Midnight Cowboy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
Midnight Cowboy, Best Picture - 1969 The Golden Globe for Best Picture went to Anne of the Thousand Days

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The Hurt Locker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
The Hurt Locker, Best Picture - 2009 The Golden Globe for Best Picture - Drama went to Avatar

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Kathryn Bigelow is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
Kathryn Bigelow, Best Director, The Hurt Locker - 2009 The Golden Globe for Best Director went to James Cameron for Avatar

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Lupita Nyong'o is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
Lupita Nyong'o, Best Supporting Actress, 12 Years a Slave - 2013 The Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress went to Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle

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Anjelica Huston is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
Anjelica Huston, Best Supporting Actress, Prizzi's Honor - 1985 The Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress went to Meg Tilly for Agnes of God

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Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
Denzel Washington, Best Actor, Training Day - 2001 The Golden Globe for Best Actor - Drama went to Russell Crowe for A Beautiful Mind

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Jason Robards is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
Jason Robards, Best Supporting Actor, All the President's Men - 1976 The Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor went to Laurence Olivier for Marathon Man

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Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
Daniel Day-Lewis, Best Actor, My Left Foot - 1989 The Golden Globe for Best Actor - Drama went to Tom Cruise for Born on the Fourth of July

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Anna Paquin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
Anna Paquin, Best Supporting Actress, The Piano - 1993 The Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress went to Winona Ryder for The Age of Innocence

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Steven Soderbergh is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
Steven Soderbergh, Best Director, Traffic - 2000 The Golden Globe for Best Director went to Ang Lee for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

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Dianne Wiest is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
Dianne Wiest, Best Supporting Actress, Hannah and Her Sisters - 1986 The Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress went to Maggie Smith for A Room with a View

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Tilda Swinton is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
Tilda Swinton, Best Supporting Actress, Michael Clayton - 2007 The Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress went to Cate Blanchett for I'm Not There