Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Jorge Camara unveiled the new Golden Globe® Award statuettes this morning at a press conference at The Beverly Hilton.
Also present was David W. Moritz, CEO of Society Awards, the New York-based company that excels in sculptural production, and designs and manufactures high end custom awards. Society Awards began the lengthy process to make the Golden Globe sturdier and more visually appealing in January 2007.
“The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is delighted to present our new statuettes to the public and entertainment industry,” said Camara in making the announcement. “We have spent the last two years working closely with Society Awards to finalize the design and production of the awards. Improvements in the statuettes include the detail and symmetry of the metal portion, inherent quality of the casting method, and accuracy of the globe. The construction of the Golden Globes has been improved so they will be more durable in transit. The Association selected a unique and uncommon marble to serve as the statuette’s new base.”
Camara also noted that the custom cases housing the statuettes were also improved. “Golden Globe recipients will appreciate our new leather bound custom cases that are much better suited to an award destined to be a prized possession. Winners will be delighted by the case’s interior red velvet lining as well as the exterior of the box that is imprinted with the Golden Globe Awards logo in gold.”
“When the Hollywood Foreign Press Association selected our company to produce its famous Golden Globe statuettes for the world’s most prestigious awards show, it immediately became the center piece of our accounts,” said Moritz. “We were delighted and honored to have had the wonderful opportunity to meaningfully contribute to the design and make of the award.”
The origin of the Golden Globe dates back to 1945 when members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association held a contest to find a design for a statuette that would best represent the overall aims of the organization. Marina Cisternas, who was President of the association, presented the idea for a golden globe encircled with a strip of motion picture film, and mounted on a pedestal.
“The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards” will be seen in more than 160 countries worldwide and is one of the few awards ceremonies that span both television and motion picture achievements.
“The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards” will take place Sunday, January 11, 2009 at The Beverly Hilton with a live telecast airing on NBC at 8 p.m. (EST) and produced by Dick Clark Productions in association with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Orly Adelson, president of dcp and Barry Adelman will executive produce. Chris Donovan is the director and dcp’s Bob Bardo is the executive in charge of production. www.goldenglobes.org
ABOUT THE GOLDEN GLOBE® STATUETTE
— 5.5 lbs
— 10.75″ tall
— 3.5″ width of base
— 24kt gold plated zinc die cast top – Globe with symbolic
filmstrip wrapped around, HFPA letters on base, atop golden
— Exotic marble base, tapered sub base atop rectangular pillar
— Made by Society Awards in New York www.society-awards.com
— Each Golden Globe Award is individually hand-finished
— Presented in red velvet lined, leather bound chest with HFPA
logo stamped in gold
— Modified in 2008 for 2009 ceremonies: new mold and facelift
to metal top, new marble type, custom presentation box