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Behind the Scenes Preview of the Golden Globes



The People’s Choice and Critics’ Choice Awards aired this past week but did anyone care? The first real kickoff for the awards season is Sunday night’s Golden Globes, airing from 8 p.m. to whenever on NBC. I’m excited about the return of the Globes in all its splendor after the sad press conference last year. 

There will be plenty of coverage here of the show and just to give you a taste, my mole from the inside offered up these tidbits as the preparations are finalized:

  • Jennifer Lopez will open the show by presenting the first award, Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture.
  • Lopez will be seated at the “Hot Latinas” table in a front corner with nominee Penelope Cruz (for Vicky Christina Barcelona) and presenter Salma Hayek. 
  • Located at the best table in the house down in the pit will be Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, who’ll finally receive his Cecil B. DeMille Award. (The Hollywood Foreign Press Association wanted to give it to Spielberg last year but delayed it when the ceremony was scrapped.)
  • So many A-list movie stars are attending that TV nominees like Steve Carell are relegated to the back of the room. Even It-Girl Tina Fey doesn’t fare much better.gg6
  • An HFPA member says Anne Hathaway wrote a letter with a cute request: “My mom will be my date…she was wondering if you could please sit us near George Clooney…seriously, you’d make her 2009. Acceptable substitutes…are Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Clint Eastwood and/or Steve Carell. Thank you!” As you can see from the picture above, it doesn’t look like Hathaway’s mom will get her wish. 😦
  • Simon Baker and Eva Longoria Parker will be presenting Best Supporting Actor and Actress in a TV series, mini-series or TV movie. They themselves might qualify for Best Looking Presenting Duo.
  • Johnny Depp will make his first appearance as a Globes winner (he finally won one last year for Sweeney Todd) to present Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy.
  • Sting will be presenting Best Song. Bruce Springsteen will most likely win for The Wrestler and seeing him on stage with Sting is going to make me hyperventilate.
  • Every guest (even non-celebrities) at the Beverly Hilton this weekend gets a special commemorative gold room key etched with “Golden Globes 2009.”

Enjoy the show and check back here afterwards for lots of coverage, including reports from the after-parties!

Backstage at the American Music Awards


David Cook, reigning American Idol champ, gives me a shout out from the American Music Awards!

One of my sources was backstage at the show, held this past Sunday, November 23. She took these photos and sent in the following report:


The American Music Awards (AMAs) were held for the second year in a row in the newly constructed Nokia Theatre, which is part of the L.A Live venue downtown. As an AMA insider, I made the following observations backstage:


1:07 p.m.  Rihanna gets in line in the parking garage, taking part in the crew meals.  Wearing Karl Lagerfeld sunglasses, she patiently waits her turn and is the only celebrity seen in the eating area.

4:11 p.m.  On screen, monitors say High School Musical star Corbin Bleu is hosting the red carpet, LIVE. Bleu is actually in his trailer at that time.

4:21 p.m.  Joe McIntyre (along with the other New Kids on the Block) walks out of their dressing room, commenting on other Nokia Theatre performers’ portraits along the walls. Pointing to the photos, McIntyre exclaims, “There’s us. And that one’s us, and that’s us….”

t-howard4:30 p.m. Terrence Howard arrives at the red carpet without his tickets and is escorted by production personnel to get his tickets reissued.

4:39 p.m.  Leona Lewis is walking barefoot in a couture gown across the street to her trailer.

5:02 p.m.  Outside the green room, a production assistant misidentifies Chris Daughtry as Dave Cook. Luckily, this happens out of Daughtry’s earshot.

5:26 p.m.  The New Kids on the Block finish performing and take a smoking break.

enrique15:49 p.m.  Enrique Iglesias arrives, obliges to a photo op with a wheelchair-bound individual, and proceeds to rehearse his lines.

6:04 p.m.  Terrence Howard rehearses his script, sitting on the steps by the production celebrity handlers, saying he much prefers hanging out with them to sitting in the green room.

6:15 p.m.  Alicia Keys is being escorted off stage after winning an award when a stage manager requests the walkway be cleared for Mariah Carey’s entrance. Keys teases Carey, “Listen, Mariah, I am sick of this shit!”  They laugh and hug.

6:25 p.m.  Backstage, people are dodging everything from Coldplay’s set pieces to Annie Lennox’s grand piano to Miley Cyrus’s three-tier birthday cake (for her 16th d-archuletabirthday that night).

6:37 p.m.  Beyonce walks by with a seven-foot-tall bodyguard, handlers, assistants and a camera crew.

8:11 p.m. The show is finished and David Archuleta makes his way through the crowd. He goes backstage and spies David Cook. They hug.

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