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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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158 15
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 Golden Globe for Best Picture - Drama went to Bugsy

2
144 13
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
The Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor went to Burt Reynolds for Boogie Nights

3
133 21
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
The Golden Globe for Best Actor - Drama went to Nick Nolte for The Prince of Tides

4
96 13
Joe Pesci is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
The Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor went to Bruce Davidson for Longtime Companion

5
86 17
Jonathan Demme is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
The Golden Globe for Best Director went to Oliver Stone for JFK

6
103 30
The Departed is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
The Golden Globe for Best Picture - Drama went to Babel

7
63 15
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
The Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor went to John Hurt for Midnight Express

8
80 28
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
The Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor went to Brad Pitt for Twelve Monkeys

9
89 32
Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
The Golden Globe for Best Picture went to Sense and Sensibility

10
66 18
Barry Levinson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
The Golden Globe for Best Director went to Clint Eastwood for Bird

11
69 21
The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
The Golden Globe for Best Picture went to Chinatown

12
53 12
Charlton Heston is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
The Golden Globe for Best Actor - Drama went to Anthony Franciosa for Career

13
60 22
Ethan Coen & Joel Coen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
The Golden Globe for Best Director went to Julian Schnabel for The Diving Bell and Butterfly

14
52 20
Patton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
Th Golden Globe for Best Picture - Drama went to Love Story

15
54 25
Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
The Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress went to Natalie Portman for Closer

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59 35
No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
The Golden Globe for Best Picture - Drama went to Atonement

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44 25
Unforgiven is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
The Golden Globe for Best Picture - Drama went to Scent of a Woman

18
40 20
The Deer Hunter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
The Golden Globe for Best Picture went to Midnight Express

19
33 17
Midnight Cowboy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
The Golden Globe for Best Picture went to Anne of the Thousand Days

20
51 36
Lupita Nyong'o is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
The Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress went to Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle

21
48 33
Kathryn Bigelow is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
The Golden Globe for Best Director went to James Cameron for Avatar

22
50 38
The Hurt Locker is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
The Golden Globe for Best Picture - Drama went to Avatar

23
27 19
Anjelica Huston is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
The Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress went to Meg Tilly for Agnes of God

24
25 22
Jason Robards is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
The Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor went to Laurence Olivier for Marathon Man

25
41 41
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
The Golden Globe for Best Actor - Drama went to Russell Crowe for A Beautiful Mind

26
35 36
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
The Golden Globe for Best Actor - Drama went to Tom Cruise for Born on the Fourth of July

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23 34
Anna Paquin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
The Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress went to Winona Ryder for The Age of Innocence

28
17 32
Tilda Swinton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
The Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress went to Cate Blanchett for I'm Not There

29
12 27
Dianne Wiest is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
The Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress went to Maggie Smith for A Room with a View

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21 38
Steven Soderbergh is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed
The Golden Globe for Best Director went to Ang Lee for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon