Most of us tuning into Sunday’s telecast of the Golden Globe Awards will be hoping for a few memorable one-liners from hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler or maybe a standout acceptance speech from an Oscar hopeful putting the finishing touches on some Academy Awards preparation. A smaller sliver of viewers, however, will be tracking to see how winners might help pull the larger Oscar picture into focus. Quite often, a win at the Globes can procure valuable momentum leading into the announcement of the Academy Award nominations, which will take place on Thursday, January 15 this year.

To that small group, I offer one quick reminder: Be prepared for at least one WTF head-scratcher. Because the Globes have separate categories for Drama and Musical/Comedy, it’s a little easier for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to spread the wealth to deserving films (than it is for, say, the Academy). But that also means the Globes have double the chances to whiff, as they have done multiple times over the past few decades.

I went back and looked at the Golden Globes winners for the past four decades, hoping to give you a little perspective. On Monday morning, when we are talking about this year’s Golden Globes winners, just remember that they join an "illustrious" group that also happens to include these trophy holders.

Sweeney Todd
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
Tim Burton makes good movies, but rarely is his name – or the titles of the films he directs -- in the awards conversation (as the good folks pushing Big Eyes learned this year). Sweeney Todd, like most of the films that I’ll mention on this list, is a serviceable movie, yet another gothic collaboration between Burton and his muse, Johnny Depp, though one that – sadly – put a lot of stock in Depp’s ability to sing. The strange thing about Sweeney Todd’s Golden Globes win in 2007 is that it wasn’t even the best musical in its category. That distinction belonged to Adam Shankman’s effervescent and irreverent Hairspray -- which joined Juno, Charlie Wilson’s War and Julie Taymor’s imaginative Across the Universe in the Globes’ loser bracket.

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