Golden Globes History: Millenium Approaches (1980-1999)
The last years of the 20th Century are expansive times – optimism reigns, hair is big and shoulders are strong. All the while, in silence at first, the terrible AIDS scourge wreaks havoc in the industry, cutting a path of destruction through friendships, families, and entire cities. Firmly established in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton, in Beverly Hills, the Golden Globes are a televised event with the requisite red carpet, enthusiastic fans, and a battery of flashbulbs and TV cameras. It is also a family affair – stars come with their spouses, sometimes their whole families. Hollywood churns out big (that word again…) action movies, and a new wave of independent filmmakers offers a counterpoint to big entertainment with smaller, more intimate explorations.