In 1944, It Was a Much Simpler Golden Globes Ceremony

Pablo, Pilar and Father Guido Sarducci.

Imagine how long the acceptance speeches could be at this Sunday’s 74th Annual Golden Globes if just six total categories were presented. A pipe dream, to be sure. But one that if you pipe your way back to the annals of January 1944 and the very first Golden Globes ceremony, becomes a magical reality.

Furthermore, two of the six awards presented were for characters with no last names. Just Pablo and Pilar, a streamlined Supporting duo essayed by Akim Takiroff and Katina Paxinou respectively in a 1943 adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom the Bells Toll.

Another way to frame this coming Sunday’s modest beginning point is to quantify it in the form of a personality launched into the world around the same time. Three Miss Golden Globes this weekend is cute, but if you really want to talk full-bodied HFPA mascot, consider L’Osservatore Romano gossip columnist Father Guido Sarducci.

The creation of Don Novello, born at the procedural start of the Globes (Jan. 1, 1943), is most definitely one part Hollywood journalist and two parts foreign. In one of his most famous Sarducci routines, he hilariously explains how to compress the knowledge typically retained from a college foreign-language class. And, the name of Novello’s Ohio birthplace–as Wes Anderson would most certainly agree–sounds in the best possible way like the first name of a current HFPA member: Ashtabula.

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