So since for the 1932-33 awards year I'm using the expanded "Golden Globes" format (splitting up awards for picture, actor and actress between drama and comedy/musical), I'm sure most have you have been wondering who would have won for the previous five years if I'd been doing the Golden Globes thing all along.
Good question, thanks for asking.
It's kind of a mixed bag, as it turns out, which is why I didn't use this format in the first place. For every inspired choice, such as Marion Davies (comedy, Show People) or Edward G. Robinson (drama, Little Caesar), you get somebody like Maurice Chevalier (comedy/musical, The Love Parade) who'd have readers running for the exits. And then you start wondering whether I would really have given Marie Dressler the best supporting actress award of 1929-30 knowing I'd also give her an award for 1930-31. And on and on.
Clearly, I have too much time on my hands.
Anyway, here they are. Make of them what you will. At least Al Jolson dressed for the occasion.
Picture (Comedy): The Circus (prod. Charles Chaplin)
Actor (Comedy or Musical): Al Jolson (The Jazz Singer)
Actress (Drama): Janet Gaynor (7th Heaven and Sunrise: A Song Of Two Humans)
Picture (Comedy): Steamboat Bill, Jr. (prod. Joseph M. Schenck)
Actor (Drama): Erich von Stroheim (The Wedding March)
Actress (Comedy): Marion Davies (Show People)
Picture (Comedy or Musical): Hallelujah! (prod. King Vidor)
Actor (Comedy/Musical): Maurice Chevalier (The Love Parade)
Actress (Comedy/Musical): Jeanette MacDonald (The Love Parade)
Picture (Drama): M (prod. Seymour Hebenzal)
Actor (Drama): Edward G. Robinson (Little Caesar)
Actress (Comedy): Marie Dressler (Min and Bill)
Picture (Comedy/Musical): À Nous La Liberté (prod. Frank Clifford)
Actor (Comedy/Musical): Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy (The Music Box)
Actress (Drama): Mae Clarke (Waterloo Bridge)