TV and movie awards - Statistics & Facts

Every year, there are several awards ceremonies recognizing achievements in TV and movies, voted for either by film critics or audiences, awarded in film festivals, or industry awards. Industry award winners are selected by professionals and the three biggest are the Academy Awards (also referred to as the Oscars), the Golden Globe Awards, and the Emmy Awards. The Oscars is the most prestigious in the category of TV and movies, and by far the most popular award show in the entertainment industry as a whole. The number of viewers of the Academy Awards ceremony stood at 32.9 million in 2017.

The Academy Awards was also the fourth leading broadcast and cable primetime telecast in the United States in 2017. Three-time Oscar winner, Meryl Streep, who has been nominated 21 times, currently holds the record for the most Oscar nominations by an actor. As of 2017, the movie “Titanic” stands as the movie with the most Academy Awards wins, with 11 Oscars to its name. With four wins each, Warner Bros., Universal, and Miramax are ranked number one in the number of “Best Picture” Academy Awards won by a film studio from 1990 to 2017. Italy is the country with the most number of Oscar winners in the category for “Best Foreign Language Film” from 1948 to 2017. Aged 74, actor Clint Eastwood is the oldest directing Academy Award winner as of February 2017.

The Golden Globes, organized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association since 1944, honors the best in both film and television, while the Emmy Awards recognize excellence solely in the television industry. Success at the Golden Globes has led to an Academy Award win 32 times in the best movie category between 1944 and 2015. Fox Searchlight Pictures was the film studio with the highest number of nominations per motion picture distributor for the 2018 Golden Globe Awards and, HBO, Netflix, FX, NBC, Showtime, Amazon, and Hulu are among the leading television networks with the largest number of nominations for the awards. In 2018, the number of Golden Globe viewers amounted to around 19 million viewers.

Game of Thrones garnered the highest number of wins for the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2016 and, Saturday Night Live was the program with the highest number of wins for the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2017. Saturday Night Live also holds the record for the most Primetime Emmy Awards of all time as of 2017. With 29 wins, Ellen DeGeneres holds the record for the performer with the most Primetime Emmy Awards of all time as of 2017.

There continues to be talk of more inclusion and diversity in these award shows. While the number of people of color nominated for an Emmy rose from 5 each in 2012 and 2013 to 18 in 2016, only 2 women have been nominated in the Golden Globes category for Best Director since 2010.

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