For the television category anyway. The WSJ's Brooks Barnes looks at the past 10 years of TV winners (best drama, best comedy, best actor and best actress categories) and finds that the winning shows rarely see a boost in ratings. That compares with the categories for movies, in which the winners are often propelled into Oscar contention. Ratings for "Lost," last year's winner for best TV drama, are down 18 percent this season. Also last year, Geena Davis took home the best actress award for "Commander in Chief," which was cancelled by ABC three months later. One reason for the disconnect is that the 90 Golden Globe voters from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association aren't much into television. But another factor could be timing, as explained by TV guru Fred Silverman. From the WSJ:
Because the awards are presented just as Academy members are casting their Oscar ballots, the Globes are thought to influence voting. Statistics seem to support the theory: Over the past two decades, the Golden Globes' Best Picture-Drama has accurately predicted the Oscar winner 70 percent of the time. In contrast, the TV industry's version of the Oscars, the Emmy Awards, don't follow for another eight months. By that time, the Globe winners have faded from Hollywood's short memory, Mr. Silverman says.
The Golden Globes will be presented on Jan. 15 at the Beverly Hilton. Once again, NBC will air the ceremonies, which is often the most entertaining of the awards shows.